Wreck Course

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Warships your passion? Sunken warships are not that unique because most are spontaneously placed by an act of war or weather. But in most cases warships are sunk too deep for any diver to visit. That’s not the case in Victoria, Australia. We already have warships and submarines, plus numerous other wrecks which were deliberately scuttled in depth accessible to both recreational and technical scuba divers.

So, as magnificent as we expect diving the 138 metres (453 feet) long, 14.3 metres (47 feet) beam, 4,100 tonne (4,519 short tons) displacement ex HMAS Canberra FFG-02 will eventually be, once the ship has been prepared and scuttled, there are plenty of other reasons to come and dive in the temperate waters of Victoria, Australia — today!

Submarines your passion? Victoria has an amazing fleet of four World War One ‘J’ class submarine wreck dive sites which attract divers from around the world.

Artificial reefs your passion? There are numerous other wrecks, some dating back to the 1800’s. Plus we have the ships graveyard, just off Port Phillip Bay, in Bass Strait. These wreck dive sites are all teeming with marine life.

In this section of the ex HMAS Canberra Reef web site, you can read about what we expect diving the ex HMAS Canberra FFG-02 will eventually be like once the ship has been prepared and scuttled in Victoria.

PADI WRECK SPECIALTY ONLY $320. Plus boat dives

A PADI Wreck Diver course introduces you wreck diving safety as well as the historical and legal aspects of wreck diving. You will also cover navigation, mapping, reel use, and buoyancy techniques.

Course Goals

1. To enable you to demonstrate practical wreck diving knowledge, including recognizing and avoiding potential hazards, and plannin

g procedures that make wreck diving fun.

2. To enable you to explain the historical value of wrecks, social and legal issues surrounding that value, and describe some of

the its implications, including the pros and cons of removing artifacts from wrecks.

3. To enable you to plan and organize dives to safely explore wrecks found within conditions as good as or better than those

in which you have been trained, and within comparable or shallower depths.

4. To enable you to identify the hazards of wreck penetration diving and demonstrate the techniques and procedures

What are the course prerequisites?

Must be aged over 15 years of age

Must be certified as at least a PADI Adventure Diver or an Advanced Open Water diver if trained by another agency

What will I need?

Your own mask, snorkel, fins and boots

A primary and a backup underwater light, Slate, Compass, Wreck Reel

A surface marker buoy for boat diving

Two passport photos

For Dive Gear Buy at Dive Gear Australia

What does the course include ?



PADI Wreck Diver certification (which can be used towards your Master Scuba Diver rating)  

Three – Four boat dives (not included in cost of course)

Airfills on the course


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