Wreck Diving Course Overview

 Wreck diving is an enjoyable and challenging specialism for scuba divers.  Penetrating inside shipwrecks is one of the most hazardous activities that a diver can undertake; but proper training, attitude and equipment will mitigate those risks. All wreck diving course are completed on the amazing wrecks of Subic Bay.

Wreck Diving Courses Subic Philippines

Wreck diving training is progressive, going from introductory/basic to advanced/technical (and beyond!).  Here is a list of the wreck diving courses that I offer:

Wreck-Diving-Training-Subic-BayIntroductory/Basic Wreck Diving:

PADI Wreck Diver Course

Limited/Recreational Wreck Penetration Diving:

ANDI Level 2 ‘Techniques of Wreck Diving Course

Overhead Protocols Clinic (for existing wreck divers)

Full / Unlimited Wreck Penetration Diving:

ANDI Level 3 Technical Wreck Diving Course

ANDI Advanced Sidemount (Overhead Restrictions and Stage Penetration) Course – coming soon

I also run specialist clinics for sidemount wreck diving.  The ANDI Advanced Sidemount (extreme restrictions and multiple stage penetration diving) coming in 2014!!

For more information on what is involved in wreck diving, please see my course notes..


PADI Wreck Diver Course - At A Glance:

Course Goal:  Introduction to Wreck Diving  (PADI website)

Course Outcome:  Safe diving on (outside) shipwrecks, with familiarization to penetration techniques
Course Location: Subic Bay, Philippines
Course Duration: 2 Days
Number of Dives: 4
Key Areas:  Wreck Hazards, Shipwrecks and the Law, Equipment considerations, Core Diving Competencies, Guideline Deployment and Retrieval, Penetration Techniques, Overhead Environment Risk Mitigation, Zero Visibility Familiarization, Critical Emergency Protocols.

Prerequisites:   Advanced Open Water Diver, or equivalent

Course Cost: See Price List

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Overhead Environment Protocols Clinic – At A Glance:

Course Goal:  Supplementary Penetration Skills for Wreck Divers

Course Outcome:  Safe penetration within recreational diving limits (light-zone, 40m/130ft linear, no restrictions, 1/3rd gas, no low visibility, no decompression)
Course Duration: 3 Days
Number of Dives: 4
Key Areas:  Guideline Deployment and Retrieval, Team Skills, Situational Awareness, Fundamental Diving Competencies, Lost Line Emergency Protocol, Lost Diver Emergency Protocol, Entanglement Protocol, Cut/Snapped Line Protocol, Visual and Tactile Communications, Guideline Marking, Reel Selection and Preparation, Safety Spool Use, Zero Visibility Familiarization.

Prerequisites:   PADI Wreck Diver, or equivalent

Course Cost: See Price List

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ANDI Techniques of Wreck Diving (Penetration) – At A Glance:

Course Goal:  Light-Zone Wreck Penetration Diving

Course Outcome:  Safe penetration within recreational diving limits (light-zone, 40m/130ft linear, no restrictions, 1/3rd gas, no low visibility, no decompression), using redundant gas sources and specialised wreck diving configuration.
Course Location: Subic Bay, Philippines
Course Duration: 3-5 Days
Number of Dives: 5 (7 inc CSU)
Key Areas:

  • Use of redundant breathing systems (‘Intro-to-Doubles’ included on the course, if desired)
  • Precision Dive Planning and Gas Management
  • Team Diving Skills and Effective In-Water Communication
  • Penetration Guideline and Overhead Environment Emergency Skills

Prerequisites:   ANDI Complete SafeAir User (CSU), can be combined, or equivalent (Advanced Nitrox or Tec40).

Redundant Gas Systems must be used on this course.  The CSU Course (can be combined) teaches SafeAir/Nitrox to 50% and use of Redundant Gas Systems (doubles or primary+pony). If student is qualified, this course can be completed on sidemount.

Course Cost: See Price List

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A very restricted technical penetration on the USS New York, ACR-2, Subic Bay


ANDI Technical Wreck Course:  At A Glance

Course Goal:  Technical (Unlimited) Wreck Penetration

Course Outcome:  Wreck penetration beyond the light zone, including decompression, through moderate restrictions (no equipment removal) and in low visibility, commensurate with the certified divers’ experience and comfort level.
Course Duration: 4 Days
Number of Dives: 5
Key Areas:  Advanced Dive Planning, Guideline Deployment and Retrieval, Team Skills, Situational Awareness, Lost Line Emergency Protocol, Lost Diver Emergency Protocol, Entanglement Protocol, Cut/Snapped Line Protocol, Visual and Tactile Communications, Air-Sharing Egress, Passage Through Restrictions, Zero Visibility Drills, Light-Failure Protocol.

Prerequisites:   Tec45 or Decompression Procedures, or equivalent

Course Cost: $495USD instruction-only, plus manuals, certification, diving and gas costs. See Price List

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Wreck Diving Resources

Wreck Diving Course Subic Bay

A Guide To Advanced Wreck Penetration Diving

Pony Cylinders and Redundant Air Sources for Wreck Diving

How To Choose A Potential Wreck Diving Course

Defining Wreck Diving Restrictions

Line Laying for Wreck Penetration (videos)

Guideline Techniques Tutorials (videos)

Relocating a Lost Guideline

Wreck Silt-Out Demonstration Video

BBC History: An Introduction to Wreck Diving