PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Instructor

If you enjoy wreck diving and want to take it to the next level as a PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Instructor, then you have come to the right place. Rainbow Reef Diver Center has several wrecks right off shore from our shop. This course will help prepare you to safely conduct the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Course.

Diving through 9 metres/30 feet, then 12 metres/40 feet, 15 metres/50 feet, and finally 18 metres/60 feet of silty azure blue salt water, you see her lying there like a majestic giant,sitting upright on the ocean floor United States Flag waving proudly in the gentle current. You watch as a goliath grouper patiently waits on the fringe of a massive baitball of silverside minnows. Two angelfish casually glide through the portside crane arm as baracuda keep vigil with their noses in the current.

The ex-Spiegel Grove is located on Dixie Shoal, 6 miles (10 km) off the Florida Keys in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. For a PADI Wreck Diver, this ship is a whopping 510 feet long and 84 feet wide; it is said you can dive this wreck 100 times and still never see the entire thing. Her top deck is about 60 feet below the water's surface. The vessel's hull, which is a labyrinth inside, is as much as 135 feet under water, and silt can get kicked up and reduce visibility inside to almost zero, which can cause disorientation. The depth of the wreck requires that divers have an advanced diving certification.

You’ll find wreck sites range from those open to novices to those only accessible by the most experienced technical divers

Diving on wrecks appeals to most divers, though for many different reasons. You may find yourself attracted to the challenge of exploring the wreck, or a fascination with its historical nature. Underwater photographers love wrecks for their picture potential, while those interested in nature like the fact that wrecks quickly become artificial reefs. Wrecks are typically ships, but can include railroad cars, aircraft and automobiles. In these, you’ll find wreck sites range from those open to novices to those only accessible by the most experienced technical divers.

At Rainbow Reef Dive Center you will have the potential to dive all of these and more.

Whether your first or your hundredth dive on a wreck, few moments in diving compare with descending upon the past. Keep that thought, the philosophy of this course is to focus on fun, safe wreck diving. Thus, the goal of this course is to teach student divers a systematic, methodical approach to enjoying wreck diving. Student divers will develop the techniques involved in wreck diving within recreational limits and while avoiding disturbing delicate marine life.

The best way to learn wreck diving procedures and to apply them is by doing it. This course philosophy therefore, expands student diver knowledge about wreck diving law, hazards to avoid, how to research wrecks, wreck diving equipment, the basics of penetrating a wreck and how to interact responsibly with the aquatic life they’ll see while wreck diving. Student divers will apply the knowledge they gain by reading the PADI Wreck Diver Manual and watching the companion video on at least four open water dives practicing and demonstrating the practical aspects of wreck diving.

The goal of this course is to teach student divers a systematic, methodical approach to enjoying wreck diving

PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Instructor Prerequisites

To qualify to teach the PADI Wreck Diver course, an individual must be a Teaching status PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor or higher. PADI Instructors may apply for the Wreck Diver Specialty Instructor rating after completing a Specialty Instructor Training course with a PADI Course Director, or by providing proof of experience and applying directly to PADI. For further detail, contact one of our Course Directors at Rainbow Reef Dive Center.

PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Instructor Materials and Equipment

Use the PADI Wreck Diver course materials prescriptively to accommodate various sequencing preferences and teaching and learning styles.


  • PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Course Instructor Guide

  • Specialty equipment needed for student divers to perform wreck and wreck penetration dives

  • Penetration line and reel (e.g., a robust line that resists abrasion or cutting on sharp objects which is .6 centimeters/.25 inches thick for easy grasping)

  • Safety equipment (e.g., first aid kit, emergency oxygen, AED; flag and surface float; weighted line with contingency air supply at safety stop depth for deep dives; and descent or down line)


  • PADI Wreck Diver Manual. Use the student diver manual for detailed content explanation

  • PADI Wreck Diving video

  • Project AWARE Responsible Wreck Diving Considerations and Project AWARE

    Ten Tips for Underwater Photographers located at

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