Wreck Diving (External Survey)

Wreck Diving

In the Gulf South Region , the dive sites we dive are typically wrecks of some sort whether a bridge span, barge, pile of rubble, collapsed rig structure, military tanks, or an actual boat.

This course concentrates on external survey, equipment preparedness, mental attitude and methods of research. Wrecks are often at deeper depths requiring careful planning and proper safety procedures.

Two possible hazards to keep in mind for your introductory, non-penetration external survey activities are sharp edges and loss of bearings. Gloves and a knife are absolute requirements.

It’s easy to become disoriented on a pile of rubble scattered on the bottom. Learn to run a line with your reel and how best to pick it up. Having the proper skills and equipment for the job may even allow you to salvage a valuable find.



This course has the following prerequisites:

  • Be at least 12 years old.
  • Possess a minimum of Open Water Diver certification.
  • Be able to either answer No to all of the questions on the RSTC Medical History form, or secure a physician’s approval prior to taking part.



This course consists of one classroom/pool session. If you would like to receive a Specialty Diver certification for this course, you must also complete two open-water training dives. Your instructor will have details.



All training takes place right here at Harry’s Dive Shop. We are among the few dive centers in the country with our own indoor, heated swimming pool. This 16-foot-deep pool was designed specifically for diver training. It provides unbeatable convenience and enjoyment.



This course is just one component of our complete Advanced Open Water Diver program — although it can be taken separately, subject only to time of year and instructor availability. Please contact Harry’s Dive Shop for more information.

How Much?

How Much?

The cost of this program is $150 and includes:

  • All instruction.
  • Self-study materials.

Students are responsible for supplying:

  • Personal diving equipment (see list below).
  • Certification card processing.

Your instructor will have details and costs for the optional open-water training dives.

Required Equipment


students are responsible for supplying the following:

  • Mask, snorkel, fins.
  • Weight system, weights.
  • Adequate exposure protection.
  • One cylinder.*
  • Buoyancy Control Device (BC).*
  • Regulator/alternate air source.*

*If you do not own these items, you can use ones from the rental department at Harry’s Dive Shop for the pool session.

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