PADI Wreck Penetration Distinctive Specialty

Monday, September 16

Monday, September 16


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wednesday, September 18


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sunday, September 22

Ocean Dives

8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Sunday, September 29

Boat Dives

8:00 am - 3:00 pm

About PADI Wreck Penetration Distinctive Specialty

Exclusive only to Ocean Quest – Previously known as the “DSAT Wreck Penetration Specialty”

Wreck diving is a highly specialized type of diving which requires a specific set of skills, knowledge and techniques.  Although Wreck Specialties rank as one of the most popular specialties taught by instructors, dive centre’s, and resorts, it remains difficult to find instructors who have training and experience in proper Wreck diving techniques.  At Ocean Quest, we specialize in the specific skills knowledge and techniques needed to properly dive in and around Wrecks. 

To meet the demand for proper wreck penetration training, we have created our own exclusive Wreck Penetration Distinctive Specialty through Tec Rec (PADI’s Technical Diving Division)

Whether you are looking for a simple introduction to Wreck diving or aspire to become a serious Wreck diver, by completing your Wreck training with Ocean Quest, you will learn a skill set that will enhance your diving in all environments.

The Wreck Penetration Specialty course is the only Wreck Course that focuses on the specific skills and knowledge to properly dive inside the overhead Wreck environment. Certification will allow you to penetrate wreck within recreational limits are defined as 130 linear ft / 40 metres from the surface and within the natural light zone of the entrance. The PADI Wreck Specialty Diver Course does not meet these requirements.

Theory topics will include:

  • Equipment and Configuration
  • Wreck Penetration Hazards
  • Reel Handling and Wreck Penetration Techniques
  • Dive and Gas Planning
  • Emergency Procedures Specific to Overhead Environments

During the confined or limited open water session and four open water dives, students will learn and practice:

  • Buoyancy and Trim
  • Advanced Propulsion Techniques
  • Long Hose Use
  • Effective Reel Use
  • Emergency Procedures Specific to Overhead Environments
  • 2 Penetration Dives


  • 18 Years Old
  • PADI Advanced Open Water or have a qualifying certification from another training agency
  • High level of buoyancy control, trim and propulsion techniques – recommended minimum number of dives 30 (cold water). Feel free to contact Ocean Quest for advise and assistance in preparation for this course.

Important Note

Due to the nature of wreck penetration diving, student must demonstrate acceptable performance in this program prior to earning certification.  Enrolling in this program is not a guarantee for certification.  In order to optimize the potential of being successful in this program, students are encouraged to meet with their instructor to discuss how to prepare for training.

Medical Statement

All students must complete a Medical Statement prior to any in water activities. Please consult Ocean Quest if you answer “yes” to any of the medical questions as you may need to see a physician prior to the course start date.

Click Here to Download Medical Statement

Price Includes:

  • Exclusive Wreck Penetration Outline
  • 2 x Wreck Diving / Penetration Theory Sessions
  • 1 x Confined Water Session
  • 4 x Ocean Dives including 2 x Penetration Dives on one of BC’s Artificial Reefs
  • Boat Charter
  • 2 x Nitrox Fills
  • Reels are provided during training
  • If you do not have a long hose set up contact Ocean Quest so we can assist you with options for the course

What’s Needed?

  • All standard scuba equipment
  • Primary and Backup Dive Light
  • SMB / Spool

Equipment Requirements: In most cases, students can use their regular equipment for the Wreck Penetration course. Regulators will be modified to long hose configuration. It is important to be aware that wreck penetration diving has very specific equipment needs and configuration.  Students interested in pursuing wreck penetration should discuss their goals with Ocean Quest staff and receive proper advice on equipment choices and configuration.