RAID Basic Wreck Diving Course

What is the RAID Basic Wreck Diving Course?

The RAID Basic Wreck course is a one-day course that is designed to familiarize divers with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and fun of wreck diving. The course will serve as a safe, supervised introduction to wreck diving.

The basic wreck course does not certify divers to penetrate inside wrecks. Wreck penetration is taught on the Advanced Wreck course.

You will train with Andy Davis; a highly experienced and respected technical wreck explorer and instructor, who has 30+ years of wreck diving experience around the world.

The course is run in Subic Bay, Philippines, one of the most famous wreck diving locations in the world, with over 20 different shipwrecks, five aircraft wrecks… and even some WWII armoured vehicles to dive upon.

What are the basic wreck course goals?

During this exclusive wreck diving course, you will develop the ability to explain the historical value of wrecks, the social and moral issues surrounding them and local and national laws regarding wrecks around the coast of your own country.

You will know how to research a wreck to find its history and background, and you will also know how to plan and organize your wreck dives to make them as safe and fun as possible.

You will be able to identify the potential hazards and dangers of a wreck so avoiding any chance of injury or accident.

What are the basic wreck diving course prerequisites?

  • Minimum 15 years old.
  • Certified RAID Open Water 20 or equivalent.
  • Nitrox qualification is recommended
  • Register for FREE at

Why choose the basic wreck course?

This course is taught by Andy Davis, a wreck explorer and trimix technical wreck instructor, with decades of experience. Put simply, this course is one of the most comprehensive introductions to wreck diving available.

Six reasons why you should choose this course:

  • Improve your buoyancy, weighting, trim and propulsion
  • Develop team diving skills and increased situational awareness
  • A highly experienced wreck specialist instructor
  • Subic Bay is one of the world’s best recreational wreck destinations
  • A very cost-effective way to discover wreck diving
  • Can be completed in a single day

What is the basic wreck diving course schedule?

The Basic Wreck course is made up of 1 confined module, and 2 Open Water dives;

  • Day #1
  • Morning:  Shallow skills training: buoyancy, propulsion, trim, weighting and ascent/descent procedures
  • Afternoon:
    • Dive 1: Wreck survey and research, light signals, cutting devices, SAC calculation, DSMB deployment and descent protocols
    • Dive 2: Wreck navigation, gas emergencies, gas management, DSMB deployment, ascent protocols

How does the basic wreck course compare to alternatives?

I offer three recreational wreck courses. To help prospective students choose the course that most fits their needs, the table below contains the outline details of the courses I run:

RAID and PADI Wreck course comparison

How much does the course cost?

1 Day  $150

The stated cost includes all tuition and instruction from Andy Davis

  • Max 3 per course
  • Scheduled courses will be run even if just one student
  • Discounts available for group booking
  • Private lessons are available at a 50% surcharge
  • Courses can be scheduled to meet your requirements
  • 25% non-refundable deposit to confirm attendance on the course

Tuition Cost excludes course registration fees, as per the RAID website, and course facility fees covering tank rentals, nitrox fills (if desired) and boat costs as required.  Instructor diving expenses are split between students.

Contact Andy and become a wreck diver