PADI Wreck Diver

The PADI Wreck Diver Course with Academy of Scuba

Experience the thrill of diving into history.

Did you know Victoria is home to over 100 shipwrecks?

Discover what lies inside amazing wrecks and explore beautiful underwater sites responsibly with the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course.

Whether sunk on purpose as an artificial reef or the result of mishap, wrecks open fascinating windows to the past. Most divers find wrecked ships, airplanes and even automobiles nearly irresistible because they’re intriguing to explore and usually teeming with aquatic life.

Combine with Enriched Air Nitrox Diver Course or PADI Deep Diver Course for an even better experience and save!

Safety First

Safety is top priority when we’re scuba diving. In the PADI Wreck Diver course you will learn finning and buoyancy techniques to help navigate the inside of wrecks effortlessly. We will teach you the correct use of specialised equipment, ensuring you are safe diving the wrecks you love. Academy of Scuba is committed to competent, thorough training and keeps instructor to student ratios low with 4 students to 1 instructor, so each course is adapted to the individual.

Expert Knowledge

It is important to understand how to pick a wreck dive site and plan it properly, to make the most of each dive. Academy of Scuba’s instructors are all highly trained and experienced divers, frequently diving the wrecks in Melbourne, so we offer expert knowledge and advice to every diver. We will also help you make informed decisions on essential equipment investments, offering professional advice and outstanding service.

Explore More

Wreck diving in Melbourne is world class. Your mind will be blown by the ex-HMAS Canberra, the J4 submarine, the Coogee or any of the numerous other shipwrecks that lie around Port Phillip Bay, there is a whole new world to explore with Melbourne wreck diving! Many of our beautiful wrecks lie below 30 meters, which is why many divers combine this course with the PADI Deep Diver Specialty. Get in contact today to book these courses together and save money!


Why Get Wrecked with AOS?

  • We offer a shore dive to practice line skills, so you’re confident before diving off the boats.
  • You will learn advanced finning and buoyancy techniques to navigate the inside of wrecks effortlessly and enjoy your diving more.
  • Victoria is home to some amazing shipwrecks, and you will discover some of them when you book onto this course.
  • Understand how to pick wreck dive sites and plan your dives accordingly.
  • Learn the correct use of specialised equipment, such as redundant air, to ensure you are safe exploring the wrecks you love.
  • Our trained staff will help you make informed decisions on your essential equipment investments, so you are fully prepared for your dives.

What You Learn

Wreck diving in Melbourne is beautiful. The PADI Wreck Diver course will teach you:

Techniques for diving exploring shipwrecks, and how to avoid common hazards

How to research and learn the background of your favorite wrecks

Correct techniques for planning wreck dives

Wreck diving equipment considerations

Considerations and techniques for entering intact wrecks

Experience in planning, organising and making at least four wreck dives under the supervision of your PADI Instructor


15 years old and Advanced Open Water Certified

Diving Medical – subject to medical questionnaire. Completed Liability Release, Statement of Safe Diving Practices and Statement of Understanding.

Medical pre-requisites: A full dive medical must be obtained prior to starting this training if there are any ‘yes’ answers on the medical questionnaire. For a list of diving doctors please go to

Course Price and Duration

$699 inc. boat fees

The PADI Deep Diver course consists of 1 evening of theory and 2 days diving

Combine this course with PADI Enriched Air Nitrox and / or PADI Deep Diver and save! Please contact Academy of Scuba for details.

Private courses are available. Please contact Academy of Scuba for information on pricing and availability.

Course Contents

Home Study

Theory – 1 evening of theory review

Shore Dive – 1 Shore dive at Rye Pier to practice line work and skills

Open Water Dives – 4 boat dives to wreck dive sites around Port Phillip Bay

Equipment Required

Redundant Air tanks with regs are supplied on this course (price included).

Getting the right equipment is essential to enhancing your diving experience. It is recommended to have your own scuba gear for the Deep specialty. For your course, please make sure you own at minimum a masksnorkelbootsfinsa wreck reelunderwater torcha slate and an Underwater Deployable Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB).

To get the maximum benefit from this course, we recommend investing in your own regulators, BCD and computer. Please call the shop or have a look on our online store for options. Equipment hire is available at the standard rates.

Where You Dive

Dive sites will be selected based on depth and optimum conditions, with the weather taken into account. You will do 1 shore dive to practice line work and key skills before going off the boats. The 4 course training dives will be boat dives and you will need to have logged minimum one shore dive in Victoria in the last 6 months before going on the boats.

The wreck sites are usually the ex-HMAS Canberra, the J4 Submarine, the Eliza Ramsden and the Coogee. Many beautiful deeper wreck sites, such as the J1 and J5 Submarines are penetrable, however you will need to be deep certified to do these. Please speak to staff for more information on combining the PADI Wreck, Deep and EANX specialties.

Our Team

Academy of Scuba is lucky to have some of the best dive professionals in the business.

Interested in who will be teaching you to scuba dive? Check out our team here!


We highly recommend that you have access to a car for the duration of your course as Academy of Scuba does not offer transportation services currently.


It’s normal to have questions.

Head over to our FAQs page and see if we’ve already answered yours, or get in touch with us today!



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