PADI Wreck Diver

The PADI Wreck diving specialty is a must whether you live in the Cape Town area or you simply plan to visit it.

The Cape waters are home to many ship wrecks, many of these were intentionally sunk, and some were just victims to the storms. Every wreck has a story, and before we can fully appreciate this story we need to understand what to look out for.

During the PADI Wreck Diver course we will go through the steps you need to follow to get the most out of your wreck dives. This includes research tips, safety guidelines and techniques for entering wrecks safely.

This course is not a Technical diving course, and because of this it will NOT equip you with the required knowledge and skills to fully penetrate a wreck beyond the light point. You will partially enter ship wrecks in areas that do not fully take you away from an open water setting.

Day 1 - Introduction and Theory: You come to collect your PADI Wreck Diver materials from our Simon's Town facility. We will then brief you with regards to the self study portion you need to complete at home. This should take no longer than 3 hours.

Day 2 - Theory and Skill Development: We will cover all the theory you completed at home. Once all theory is covered we will move on to doing your first wreck dive. This dive is usually done as a shore entry to the SS Clan Stuart in Simon's Town. At the end of the day you will be given the name of a wreck that you will need to research and present to your instructor, this will be where your theory comes to use.

Day 3 - Skill Development: You will do two wreck dives on this day. On one of these wrecks you will be in charge of the briefing portion. During this briefing you will give a quick history on the wreck and outline the safety procedures we need to run through.

Day 4 - The plan for the last day depends on whether you already have the PADI Deep Diver (link) certification or not. If you do have the certification we would ideally end your PADI Wreck Diver specialty on the Fleur wreck situated close to Seal Island in False Bay, this wreck lies at 40 metres and is an amazing experience. However if you do not hold the PADI Deep Diver certification then we will end off your course on the famous Smitswinkel Wrecks (link). Once the last dive is done and you met all the PADI Standards, you will be awarded the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty!


The theory of the PADI Wreck Diver Course mainly focuses on how to correctly research a specific wreck so that you know how to best approach it. If the correct procedures are followed outside of the water you will avoid missing any interesting points on the wreck.

You will receive the PADI Wreck Diver manual at our Simon's Town facility on the first day of training, in this manual you have a sequence of knowledge reviews that you will need to complete. These knowledge reviews will be marked and discussed on the second day of training. We believe that before we get in the water the theory section of this course needs to be fully understood. This will then help you best understand what is expected when you need to present your wreck briefing.

Skills Development

You will do 2 skill development dives. These will be carried out by a PADI Instructor who will run you through all of the procedures and explain them in detail.

During the first 2 dives you will learn skills such as avoiding common hazards, dive gear considerations and techniques for entering intact wrecks.

These dives will be crucial to give you a benchmark of what is expected from a wreck diver.


During the final two dives of the PADI Wreck Diver course you will need to demonstrate a clear understanding of what is expected from a wreck diver. By this point you will be looking out for all of the common hazards and will carry out procedures in a calm and fluid manner. You will also present your briefing.

Once you have completed both dives and all PADI standards were met, you will receive the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty!

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