Wreck Diver | Oahu Diving Association

Wreck Diver

     Whether purposefully sunk as an artificial reef for scuba diving or lost as the result of an accident, wrecks are fascinating windows into the past. Ships, airplanes, and even cars are magnetic to explore, and they are usually teeming with aquatic life. Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery from the past or spying something others have missed. The ODA Scuba’ Wreck Diver course is popular because it offers rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices.

     Wreck diving is split up into two separate options: (1) external survey and (2) wreck penetration.  The external survey course requires divers to do two external surveys. Whereas the wreck penetration course requires two external surveys and two wreck penetration dives. Divers who are certified as wreck divers – external survey can always change their certification by doing two more dives later. 


What You’ll Learn

     We will look at what to consider when navigating and exploring wrecks, surveying and mapping wrecks, using lines and reels as guides for exploring wrecks, and what kind of kicking techniques to use in order to avoid kicking up silt or disturbing the wreck and its inhabitants. You will also learn

• techniques for diving exploring shipwrecks, and how to avoid common hazards;

• how to research and learn the background of your favorite wrecks;

• wreck scuba diving equipment considerations; and

• considerations and techniques for entering intact wrecks.


The Fun Part

     The fun part of the wreck diver course is visiting wrecks, unlocking mysteries and gaining the knowledge and experience that allows you to see things that others overlook. Sometimes, only trained, experienced eyes recognize that a small hole or open door likely caused the vessel’s demise.


Your Next Adventure

     After completing the wreck diver specialty course, why not try another specialty like Full Face Mask Diver or Drysuit Diver?  Each specialty you do can be used towards earning your Master Diver rating.