Wreck Diver (SDI) / Wreck Speciality (PADI)

Wrecks are where past and present meet and are fascinating for divers to explore.

Whether they are lost in war and steeped in history, lost in accidents or purposely sunk, the call of a wreck is nearly irresistible to divers. 

Wrecks offer amazing opportunities and rewards for divers while often having the added bonus of teeming with marine life.  However, while there are often incredible things to see on the outside of the wreck, some of the most amazing sites for divers are inside the wreck.


While you may have undertaken the wreck adventure dive as part of your Advanced Adventure or Advanced Open Water programme and learned about the hazards and safety techniques of wreck diving, you won’t be able to penetrate the wreck.  

Through the PADI SDI Wreck Diver Specialty course you will learn and practice the skills and knowledge that are vital for safe wreck diving along with the additional skills to enable you to safely penetrate a wreck should you so wish.



We are providing this certification through either Scuba Diving International (SDI) or PADI. Both agency certifications are equally valid and recognised worldwide. Please enquire at the centre if you require your training to be through a specific agency.

Scuba Diving International (SDI)



The Wreck Diver course is completed over one weekend with a minimum of 4 dives.


Speciality Courses are organised to fit with customer demand. Availability on specific dates will be discussed on enquiry when every effort will be made to schedule the required course into the planned forward program.


  • The Wreck Diver course takes place at either the National Diving & Activity Centre or a suitable coastal location, such as Plymouth or Weymouth.
  • Theory sections will be scheduled to fit with the course location.
    • NDAC - Saturday morning
    • Coastal - Friday evening

Initial theory will be undertaken online at the student’s convenience, with review and consolidation in the ScubaQuest Dive Centre at The National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) when you attend the course.

When the course is scheduled to run at a coastal location such as Plymouth or Weymouth, it may be necessary to transfer to the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) at short notice due to the unpredictable nature of British weather.

The Open Water Dive sessions at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) will be weather, water temperature and underwater visibility dependent.

ScubaQuest Dive Centre
National Diving & Activity Centre
A48, Tidenham
NP16 7LQ

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Course Options

A wreck dive undertaken as part of the SDI Advanced Adventure Diver or PADI Advanced Open Water Diver programme can be credited to this course.

This speciality can be used as a credit towards achieving a PADI Master Scuba Diver Certification or SDI Advanced Scuba Diver.

ScubaQuest offer both traditional hard copy, classroom based theory and agency online learning packages.



The course cost includes all educational materials, equipment, tuition and certification.

Please note: Wreck dives for courses held at a coastal location, such as Plymouth or Weymouth, are undertaken from a Charter boat – Please note that costs for travel, accommodation and boat fees are not included in the course fee. Accommodation can be arranged for the group. Further information can be provided at the time of booking.

Please Note: For open water dives at The National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) there is a daily entry charge to the site, payable on the day by all students. This is NOT included in the course fee.  Please check the NDAC website for details.

Course Requirements & Notes

  • Minimum age:
    • SDI18 years old, 15 years old for limited wreck penetration with parental consent.
    • PADI - 15 years old.
  • Be certified as an SDI Advanced Adventure diver or PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or agency equivalent.
  • All documentation must be completed, reviewed and signed prior to any in-water training.
  • Equipment Required - Each student is required to have a minimum of a DSMB, torch, audible surface signalling device, slate/writing tools and a cutting device.

Book this Course

To book on this course, please contact us using the form below, or phone us on 01291 798 118

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