BSAC’s Wreck Diver course will introduce you to the fun of safe wreck diving.

It will provide the skills building blocks for all your future wreck diving.

The Wreck Diver course is for divers interested in learning practical skills involved in wreck diving. You will need to be able to safely conduct a direct ascent to the surface at any point in a dive, as the course includes diving the exterior of a wreck.

To enrol on the Wreck Diver course you must have already successfully completed a BSAC Sports Diver course (or have equivalent certification from another recognised training agency).

On this two-day course you will learn how to plan a non-penetration wreck dive and carry out the plan. You will learn about types of wrecks and wreck law, and about the equipment needed for wreck diving and how to use it, including vital line-laying skills.

The course consists of three theory sessions, two dry practical sessions – one on line laying and one on dive planning – a confined water session and two open-water dives a maximum depth of 25m, ensuring you spend an hour or more underwater practising your skills. With the help of experienced instructors you will be able to apply your new knowledge and techniques to safely navigate around a wreck on the dives.

This is a continually assessed course during which students must reach the required performance standards.

The Wreck Diver course is the start of your wreck diving journey, providing basic knowledge to enable safe wreck diving on no-stop dives within the limits of your personal diving qualification. You will be able to build on your wreck diving skills on future dives and promote safe, responsible and enjoyable wreck diving in your club.

You could do this course at a regional event or local club. Not all clubs run Wreck Diver courses, so please check if you are interested.

Alternatively, book your place on a scheduled Wreck Diver course online now.

Not a BSAC member? You can do this course by joining BSAC directly or joining via a local club. Find a club.

Students will be given a pack of supporting learning materials. You will also need full open-water equipment suitable for local conditions, a delayed surface marker buoy and a means of recording notes underwater. Wreck reels with 50m of line will be provided.

Your next steps – developing your skills

You could develop specific skills to expand your diving interests further. You could improve your knowledge of shipwrecks with the Wreck Appreciation SDC, learn how to drive a dive boat or become an underwater photographer. Check out the Skill Development Courses (SDCs) you can get involved in.

Or you could progress your diver grade training.

Thinking about becoming an instructor, or wanting to improve your instructing skills? The BSAC Instructor Training Scheme has a course for you.

You could sign up for BSAC’s Instructor Foundation Course (IFC) to become an Assistant Diving Instructor, or develop your existing skills as an Open Water Instructor and become a Wreck Diving SDC Instructor.


Not yet a BSAC member?

You can do this course by joining BSAC directly or joining your local club.

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