Self Study, Ocean
One of the most remarkable aspects of diving in BC are the wrecks available to us. Both real wrecks and artificial reefs are accessible from both boat and shore. For many divers wrecks are a primary draw to the underwater world. Whether it is the mystery and/or history that appeals to you, the architecture or the marine animals that take advantage of wrecks it is not unusual to be curious about what lies within a shipwreck.
When one enters a wreck, however, a diver loses direct access to the surface should something happen underwater. This means that divers who enter wrecks must be competent in their overall skill level, have solid self-rescue skills and be very comfortable and familiar with their equipment. Buddy teams need to work and communicate well; this begins before the dive and is essential once in the wreck. Certain pieces of equipment are utilized more or introduced for wreck diving. And, because of the dark, silty nature of wrecks, light communication and efficient, controlled propulsion techniques and buoyancy control are essential. Your PADI wreck course will help you develop all of these skills and techniques.
- Most essential equipment is provided; however, it is strongly recommended students have the majority of their own gear
- PADI Wreck Diver Manual and learning materials
- Lights (primary and at least one back-up)
- Completed PADI Medical Form
The PADI wreck diving course consists of knowledge development through self study and review with an instructor. This must be completed prior to the ocean component of this course.
If you have not completed any dives or training with IDC in the past, a check-out dive may be required before commencing with coursework. Divers should be quite experienced with drysuits and temperate water diving techniques.
During your PADI Wreck Diver program you’ll go on at least four open water dives, which will likely be conducted over two days. This is where you will put in to practice the infomation you gained from your instructor and from the PADI Wreck Diving Manaual and video. You will be introduced to the basics of line work with spools and reels. Your buoyancy, trim and propulsion techniques will be evaluated and adjusted and you will conduct some basic surveys of wrecks. At this point it may be recommended that you take the time to practice all these skills, but if all goes well you will then be introduced to wreck penetration using the techniques gathered in the course.
Information contained in your program includes:
- The planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of wreck diving
- The preparation and use of lights, air supply, special equipment, penetration lines and reels
- Limited visibility diving techniques and emergency procedures