Whether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef for scuba divers, or lost as the result of an accident, wrecks are fascinating windows to the past. There are many different types of wrecks, some of which are protected by laws that guard their historical and cultural significance.
Ships, airplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore and usually teem with aquatic life. Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or spying something others have missed.
Along Wellingtons south coast there have been multiple wrecks over time. We are extremely lucky to have the wreck of the F69, sunk deliberately as an artificial reef in 2005, less than 10 minutes boat ride from Dive Wellington.
We also have the Yung Pen wreck. Accessible from the shore, it lies in less than 10m of water, again only minutes from the Dive Wellington store.
The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course is popular because it offers rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices.
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent certification
The Wreck Diver Specialty Diver Course has two parts:
Knowledge Development (you will be sent a code for your e-learning. You can study independently, and complete the e-learning prior to your sea dives) to understand the techniques and considerations when you dive on a wreck
4 x Open Water Dives each dive allowing you to build up familiarity with the wreck(s), and practice skills such as torch use, mapping and using a line and reel.
The course takes place over two days, with two dives per day, usually from our boat
BBQ at the shop after your sea dives!
Due to the ongoing risk of COVID 19, to ensure our safety and yours, we have changed things around a little here at Dive Wellington.
Customers must wear a face-covering inside at all times, and keep a 2m distance between other customers and staff where possible.
If travelling for a course/dive club, we will have very limited transport in the Dive Wellington van, but we recommend taking your own private vehicle to the site.
Masks, snorkels and regulators will be soaked in disinfectant after each use to avoid transmission.
As always, if you are unwell or have cold/flu-like symptoms, please stay home and get tested.
Please help keep everyone safe by following these regulations.
You can start your course right away when you purchase "Start NOW". You will be sent an eLearning code, a link to the eLearning web page, and instructions on how to access the online theory content.
We will be in contact to discuss course dates and options.
In order to complete the course, you will still need to finish any remaining training elements, including medical forms, pool and sea training, if included. You will need to pay for the remainder of the course before your in water training commences.
First - purchase your course online. Next, we'll get in contact and give you dates, and your course information pack. This pack includes all the course details, online training information (if applicable), medical forms, etc.
On the medical form, you will need to answer a few questions. Please read the form carefully before filling it out.
If you answer YES to ANY of the questions, please follow the instructions on the form. You may be required to gain clearance from your doctor before we can take you diving.
If the answers are all NO, you don't need to see a doctor. Please get in touch if you have any questions. You can find the form here.
If your course includes online training, you can start right away with your online training code.