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Wreck Diver

pool-briefingWhether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef for scuba divers, or lost as the result of an accident, wrecks are fascinating windows to the past. Ships, airplanes 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 Specialty course is popular because it offers rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices.




What You LearnWhat's InvolvedUpcoming ClassesGearCourse Fees

Our Wreck Diver course consists of the following training elements:

  • Independent Study: Online eLearning program.
  • Classroom Sessions: Discussion style interaction with an instructor.
  • Open Water Dives: Put it all together and experience your next level of diving.

During your independent study (eLearning) you will learn about:

  • Researching wrecks
  • Mapping wrecks
  • Proper use of lines while wreck diving
  • Exploring underwater history

During your classroom sessions we will discuss:

  • Surface supports; Communications and Back-up procedures
  • Buddy system and contact with varied visibility, buddy lines, line signals, and buddy positioning in close proximity
  • Navigation/charting; Usage of a slate, pre-dive marking, pre-planning the dive using charts, and directional determination
  • Disorientation; With/without buddy, lost buddy, light failure, emergency procedures
  • Lights: primary and backup, size, burn time, and usage
  • Knifes and cutting devices
  • Limited visibility diving
  • Life lines and reels
  • Special emergency procedures
  • Mapping the wreck

During your open water dives you will:

  • Practice and implement what you learned during your classroom sessions.
  • Hang out, have fun and see what it is like to be on a dive vacation . . . Even in Kankakee.
  • Go diving! Explore the quarry, lake, or ocean.

If you have not done so, I encourage you to take a few minutes and read the Frequently Asked Questions and Our Training Philosophy pages. Below is detailed information on the process of getting started and completing your training.

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We put as much information on here to create as complete a picture as possible of the Wreck Diver certification process. Read through it and if you have any questions, or prefer to talk  to someone about what’s involved, please Contact Us.


  • Be at least 15 years old.
  • Be certified as an Advanced Adventure Diver (or equivalent) and Deep Diver.
  • Be in good mental and physical condition.

Paperwork: Download and Complete

Stop by the Shop

  • Bring your completed paperwork or complete it at the shop with Jeff or Rami.
  • Sign up and pay for the course. Please see the Cost tab for details.
  • Set up your eLearning program (or you can do it at home later). We will send you the code.
  • Go over any other details or questions you may have, and confirm schedule.
  • Purchase or make rental arrangements for gear you need for class.

Classroom Sessions

  • For group classes, please see the Upcoming Classes tab. For a private course, we will create a schedule together that works for you.
  • You will attend two classroom sessions, each about four hours long.
  • All classroom sessions are held at the dive shop.

Wreck Diver Certification Dives

  • Four required open water certification dives done over two days.
  • Day 1 certification dives are done at Haigh Quarry, in Kankakee, between May and October.
  • Day 2 certification dives are done on Lake Michigan, between May and October.
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Gear you are responsible for providing:

  • Buoyancy Control Device (BCD) with integrated weight pockets *
  • Regulator system with a submersible pressure gauge *
  • Dive computer *
  • Suitable dry suit system or wet suit *
  • Hood *
  • Gloves *
  • Contingency cyclinder setup *
  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Fins and Boots
  • Knifes or cutting tools (minimum two)
  • Underwater Dive Light (minimum two)
  • Compass
  • Primary reel with bolt snap (minimum 250′ line)
  • Finger Spool or Reel with bolt snap (minimum 60′ of line)
  • Signal Tube/Safety Sausage
  • One audible signaling device
  • Slate and pencil
  • Student Logbook

* Gear items that may be rented.

Gear included in your course fee:

  • Tanks and air fills
  • Weights

We offer two types of courses to complete your training: Group and Private

Group Training ($475 + boat charter fee):

  • Minimum of two students, maximum four
  • Classroom and Certification Dive dates are set and may be viewed on the Upcoming Classes tab.

Private Training ($775 + boat charter fee):

  • These classes are ideal for:
    • Students who have a tight time frame or complicated schedule.
    • Students who need or want one on one-or-one-on-two training.
    • Minimum of one student, maximum two
  • Dates may be scheduled on weekdays or weekends

Included in both Prices:

  • eLearning program and all course materials
  • All classroom sessions
  • Use of SCUBA Gear (as noted on Gear tab)
  • All certification dives
  • Air fills
  • Water and snacks
  • Certification processing
  • All taxes