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PADI Advanced Wreck Diver

(NAUI Penetration Wreck Diver)

The purpose of the PADI Advanced Wreck Diver Distinctive specialty course is to provide additional training and experience in the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and excitement of penetration wreck diving within excepted recreational diving limits. The Advanced Wreck Diver Distinctive specialty course is intended as a safe, supervised experience and review of diving on wrecks. Training should emphasize fun and safety. The goals of the PADI Advanced Wreck Diver Distinctive specialty course are;

To increase the student's practical knowledge of the underwater wreck environment.

To raise the student's awareness of the hazards, techniques and problems that are unique to exploration of shipwrecks resting at depths greater than 60 feet/18 meters seawater.

To improve the students awareness and abilities concerning the hazards, techniques and problems of exploration of the interior portions of shipwrecks within accepted recreational diving limitations.

To familiarize the student with the three direct and two major contributing causes of diving fatalities in overhead environments ("Accident Analysis") and how they form the basis of the safety rules around which this course and all subsequent wreck penetration dives revolve.

To enable the student to plan and organize dives to safely explore wrecks within depths and conditions as good as or better than those he has been trained in.

Advanced Wreck Diver Course Requirements

Prerequisite certifications: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Wreck Diver or equivalent ratings. The term equivalency is defined as proof or certification beyond entry-level with a minimum of 20 logged dives documenting experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation as well as at least 4 wreck dives. (Students using Enriched Air ("nitox") must have an appropriate certification) (PADI Deep Diver highly recommended).

Minimum age requirement: 18 years.

Student to instructor ratio: 4:1; 2:1 for wreck penetration. Instructor must accompany students during any penetration.

Confined-water training may be added at the discretion of the instructor conducting the specialty course. As a pre-assessment before the course begins, a confined-water session may include a scuba skills review. The PADI Skill Evaluation or the Scuba Review program are excellent means of accomplishing this review.

Dive Data: Four scuba dives at two or more different sites. No more than 2 dives per day. Penetration-training dives are to be limited to within the light zone and within 130 feet/39.5 meters from the surface, vertical and horizontal distance included. No out-of-air drills are to be practiced in the overhead environment.

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