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Wreck Diver course:
This course is designed to be an introduction to wreck
diving and to help the student develop the skills and knowledge
necessary for safe wreck diving.
Academic Sessions will include:
1. Planning, organization, procedures, techniques, identifying potential
hazards of wreck diving and problem prevention.
2. The preparation and use of lights, air supplies, special equipment,
penetration lines and reels.
3. Limited-visibility diving techniques and emergency procedures.
4. Deep Diving - N2 narcosis, O2 toxicity, DCS, safety stops, & required
5. Assessing the wreck.
6. Penetration techniques discussed using- permanent lines, wreck reels,
& progressive penetration.
7. Stress management techniques - breathing and visualization.
8. Equipment requirements, configurations, and management.
9. Buoyancy skills and control - anti-silting techniques.
10. Line use - permanent lines and reels.
11. Wreck navigation techniques.
12. Mapping wrecks.
13. Air loss - redundancy & alternate air source.
14. Emergency ascent procedures - free ascents and Emergency Ascent
Lines (EAL or reel and jersey up-line).
15. Planning - time, depth, and air supply calculations
Pool Session: Students will have the opportunity to get
comfortable with their equipment, reconfigure where needed, and practice
their wreck diving skills.
Open Water Dives: Four wreck dives over a two-day period is
required to receive a PADI certification. In this course, you will be
acquainted with various wrecks around Long Island. Wrecks may include
the USS San Diego and the Oregon
Students will have the opportunity to perform the above tasks they
learned in their academic sessions.
Wreck Penetration is an option not a requirement.
Minimum Required Equipment: Wreck diving is an equipment
intensive activity. It is important to have the proper equipment for the
type of wreck diving that you will be doing. You will need your standard
open water equipment (mask, fins, regulator, BCD w/ power inflator,
proper exposure protection, pressure & depth gauges, timer, compass,
primary dive light (not a mini), whistle, underwater slate, and knife.
Minimum tank requirements is two 100 cu. Ft. tanks with a pony bottle
or Double tanks.
Also required is a one backup knife, wreck reel, backup light, and an
extra buckle on your weight belt.
Additional Recommended Equipment: Backup timer and marker buoy.
Prerequisites: Advanced Open Water, 15 years of age or older.
Certification is highly recommended but not required.
Class Size: Limited 6 students
This course will consist of one classroom session, one pool session and
four wreck dives.
Charter Fees: price at time of charter
Book Fee: $19.95