PADI Wreck specialty diver and wreck specialty instructor course at Oceans 5 Dive Resort
PADI Wreck Specialty at dive resort Oceans 5 Gili Air in Indonesia
Oceans 5 Dive Resort located on Gili Air in Indonesia offers both PADI Wreck Diver specialty and Wreck Diver Specialty Instructor courses.
Within PADI, wreck diving is a recreational diving activity where wrecks are explored. Divers around the world mostly dive on shipwrecks, but airplanes and building constructions are also considered wrecks. A lot of shipwrecks lay on the bottom of the sea because they sank during a war or they got hit by a storm, but now often conservation organisations intentionally sink ships to create artificial reefs.
Why wreck diving?
Wrecks serve as an artificial reef and create a habitat for many different species of marine life. Basically wrecks are big magnets attracting a huge variety and concentration of wonderful sea creatures.
Wrecks are often large structures and allow divers to have a closer look at specific parts of machinery or areas that are impossible to see when the vessel, or a similar vessel is operational.
Wrecks often have an exciting or tragic history, are part of the underwater cultural heritage and are and important archeologic resource.
Divers often pursue wreck diving for the added challenge.
Why additional training?
In general we say that there are 3 ways of wreckdiving:
– Non penetration diving
– Limited penetration diving
– Full penetration diving
During non penetration diving divers explore the outside of a wreck, enjoy the view of a sunken structure and have a closer look at the marinelife attracted to it. In recreational diving this is the most common way to dive wrecks.
Diving the exterior of a wreck can also be a way to prepare for a penetration dive. It’s important to decide on appropriate entry and exit points and determine points of interests, potential hazards and the general condition of the structure.
During a limited penetration dive, which is still within the recreational limits of PADI, divers penetrate within the lightzone. This means that at all times the diver has to be able to see the way out. Obviously, the risks become higher since divers enter an overhead environment in which situations like entanglement and bad visibility due to silt are more likely to occur. Proper training before engaging in such activities is required, so that divers enjoy their penetration dives to the fullest in a safe manner.
Full penetration diving poses the greatest risk during wreck diving. During full penetration divers expose themselves to the risk of getting lost in the structure, and left in complete darkness in the event of multiple light failures. Divers who are training for full penetration prepare themselves for emergencies by simulating every possible situation, supervised by their instructor.
Full penetration is beyond the recreational diving limits and thus requires specific training for divers who are interested in this type of wreck diving.
At Oceans 5 Dive Resort we offer the Wreck Diver Specialty Course. During this course divers learn yow to navigate wrecks, how to create an accurate map of a wreck, how to pinpoint hazards and points of interest and much more. Basically all a diver needs to know to dive wrecks safely on a recreational level. During this 4 dive specialty, we take you to 2 of our wrecks around the Gili Islands, being the Bounty wreck at the southwest corner of Gili Meno and the Glenn Nusa on the northwest corner of Gili Trawangan. Both wrecks attract an abundance of marinelife in our tropical waters and are well worth it to visit!
Become a PADI Wreck Diver! For the instructors who are reading this: sign up for the Wreck Diver Specialty instructor course and show divers what wreck diving is all about.
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