‘The theory is important but it is time in the water is that makes the diver’
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Whether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef for scuba divers – like the HTMS Chang, or lost as the result of an accident, wrecks are fascinating windows to the past. Ships, aeroplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore and usually teem with aquatic life. Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or spying something others have missed. The Wreck Diver Speciality course is popular because it offers rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices.
If you’re at least 15 years old and have earned a Advanced Open Water Diver certification equivalent or higher, you can enrol in the Wreck Diver Speciality course. For the shipwreck we have available here, Enriched Air (Nitrox) and/or Deep 40 would also be an advantage.
There are many different types of wrecks, some of which are protected by laws that guard their historical and cultural significance. Your training starts by reviewing guidelines for researching and respecting wrecks.
- Safety considerations for navigating and exploring wrecks.
- Surveying and mapping a wreck.
- Using penetration lines and reels to guide exploration.
- Techniques to avoid kicking up silt or disturbing the wreck and its inhabitants.
Course standard is four dives – with Koh Chang Divers it is 5 dives. The additional dive can be taken as a ‘get back’ in the water dive at the start or a fun dive at the end. Photographs are included in the course.
PREREQUISITES : At least 15 years old and Advanced Diver or equivalent
DURATION : 2 Days
COST : 12000 baht
Transport from your resort and, if required, registration, certification, insurance, equipment (including dive computer, torches, penetration lines, SMB), refreshments and lunch during the course are all provided. Course cannot be completed with dives at the marine park.