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SDI WRECK DIVER (Limited Penetration)

Wreck diving can be one of the most exciting aspects of sport diving, however every effort must be made to maximize safe diving techniques. Part 2 of the SDI Wreck Diver Course will discuss the equipment and techniques commonly employed while wreck diving with limited-penetration. Limited-penetration is defined as a swim through or within the ambient light of entry point.

Who this course is for:

Individuals who wish to know more about the wreck diving including:

  • Researching wrecks
  • Mapping wrecks
  • Proper use of lines while wreck diving
  • Exploring underwater history

Course prerequisites:

  • SDI Wreck Diver, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 15 for limited penetration course with parental consent
  • Junior Open Water Divers may not participate in any penetration activities or dives deeper than 18 metres/60 feet
  • Divers must have a deep diver specialty certification or be able to provide proof of experience in order to dive deeper than 18 metres/60 feet in this course

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Wreck Diver course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Why wreck dive?
  • Surface supports
    • Communications, when and if necessary
    • Back-up procedures
  • Buddy system
  • Buddy contact
    • Contact with varied visibility
    • Buddy lines
    • Line signals
    • Buddy positioning in close proximity
  • Navigation/charting
    • Usage of the slate
    • Larger than normal
    • Pre-dive marking
    • Pre-planning the dive using charts, other information
    • Directional determination
  • Disorientation
    • With/without buddy
    • Lost buddy
    • Light failure
    • Emergency procedures
  • Special equipment
    • Lights: primary and backup, size, burn time, and usage
    • Knifes and cutting devices
  • Limited visibility diving
    • Silt-out
    • Psychological considerations
    • Light usage
    • Importance of light and backup
    • Dark vision, don’t shine light in buddy’s eyes
  • Life lines and reels
    • Type of line
    • Tie-offs
    • Directional markers
    • Line handling and reeling must be practiced on land prior to performing this skill underwater
  • Special emergency procedures
    • Safe Wreck
    • Hazardous or otherwise unsafe wrecks
  • Mapping the wreck
    • Vertical, horizontal, and feature identification

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course graduates may:

  • Dive wrecks that are similar to the type of wrecks they were exposed to during training
  • Plan and execute a wreck dive with limited penetration

Also, the SDI Wreck Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development program.

SDI Wreck Diver with Limited Penetration minimum requirements:

  • Open Water Dive 1
    • Pre-dive review of dive computers
    • Plan dive
    • Test lights
    • Familiarization with areas
    • Usage of lines inside wreck
    • Surface and log dive
  • Open Water Dive 2
    • Plan dive
    • Figure surface interval
    • Descend
    • Dive/explore as determined
    • Surface and log dive