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Wreck Diving Specialty Course

Once or twice a year HiTek Scuba's Director Cam Cliffton takes a group of hardy souls on a trip they'll never forget.

We'll start with the pre-requisites



This course teaches you many aspects of cold water wreck diving.  That means that your own diving skills must be high enough that you can focus on the technical aspects of wreck diving without being distracted by your level of basic diving skills.  If this isn't you, that's ok...come dive with us for some practice on other dives and be ready for the next class.


We conduct the course in Nanaimo BC.  Yes, that's right, we travel to Canada to do this training.  There are no wrecks in the South Sound (or Hood Canal) that meet HiTek Scuba's standards for this class.  You are going to learn REAL wreck diving as part of this course.  Your diving skills will be challenged and vastly improved as a result of this 3 day, 6 dive intensive course.


By the time you exit this class your basic diving skills will be:

  • able to maintain your position in the water column while doing other tasks.
  • comfortable underwater with or without a mask.
  • able to swim close to the bottom without kicking up silt.
  • feel confident with U/W navigation in low (possibly very low) visibility.
  • able to make a 15ft safety stop in mid-water without losing control.


Sound like something you want to work towards...great then you're well on your way to an incredible adventure diving the amazing wrecks of Canada!!


Some of the classroom topics of the course include:

Wreck Diving Hazards

What are five potential hazards common to wrecks, and how do you avoid them?
What are five hazards of entering a wreck, and what causes these hazards?

Wreck Diving Techniques

What are four aspects of a wreck to evaluate when diving on it?
What are three ways to navigate on a wreck?
Why may a compass be inaccurate on many wrecks?
What four dive planning and equipment considerations should be made for wreck dives deeper than 60 feet?
What are the general techniques for diving a wreck in a current?
What are two reasons why a diver should obtain a local orientation to an unfamiliar wreck?

 Researching Wrecks

What are three reasons for researching the history and condition of a wreck? 
What two sources provide quick, basic information about diving a popular wreck? 
What possible sources can you check when researching more in-depth, detailed wreck information?


Mapping Shipwrecks

What are two benefits of mapping a wreck?
What four tools can you use when mapping a wreck, and what is each used for?

What are four pieces of equipment that you should use for wreck penetration and what is each piece used for?
What are the three penetration limits when inside a wreck?
What are the proper techniques for:
    Entering a wreck?
    Moving through a wreck?
    Using a penetration line in a wreck?
What are the proper responses and actions for:
    Loss of visibility due to silting?
    A lost or cut penetration line?
    Light failure?
    Air supply loss?

Wreck Penetration

Time to practice all that you've learned by conducting safe wreck penetration dives.  Practice your reel use, practice your line communications and safely entering and exiting the wreck.


If you'd like to, and this sounds like something you'd like to step up to, then the Wreck Diver Course is for you.  It's challenging, fun, exciting, and will increase your technical skills and confidence like no other course you've taken so far.


Course Fee $350.00* - includes wreck diving manual, wreck incident board drawings, advanced u/w communication chart, two classroom sessions, a pool session, three days of wreck diving in beautiful British Columbia, full wreck equipment use during class (O2 kit, reels, slates, pony bottles, etc.)



Class is held twice a year in or around Sep/Oct and April/May!

*Costs do not include travel. lodging, boat fees, or gas fills.



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