Learn how to penetrate New Zealand's shipwrecks safely with Dive HQ Whangarei

Do you love rust more than reef?   

Perhaps you served on one of our Leander Class Frigates (Canterbury, Waikato or Wellington) and want to revisit your old work place now it is 30 metres below>




Or do you want to visit the Rainbow Warrior that was sunk in the 80's protesting the testing of Nuclear weapons?


Perhaps the mystery of the running aground and the strange events that took place directly after the incident of the Russian cruise liner Mikail Lermontov is your thing?


Or perhaps you are getting ready for an international trip where there are wrecks to be dived?

Well our 3 day PADI Wreck course is a great place to start your wreck training.  We have access to 2 purposely sunk ships within an hours drive from Dive HQ Whangarei - Canterbury, in the Bay of Islands and Waikato from Tutukaka. 

Both ships sit on the sand in around the 35m mark and there highest remaining structure is at about 16m.  This means anyone wanting to dive them should have at least there Advanced Open Water certification and ideally Enriched Air Nitrox to give them a little bit longer down there.

Over the course some of the things you will learn are;

  • Look for hazards, points of interest and potential penetration points. 
  • Map part of the outside of the wreck.  You will use your maps and any available schematics to plan penetrations routes with your training levels. 
  • Practise using reels and lights to safely penetrate a wreck and communicate with a buddy.
  • Look at progressive penetration methods.
  • Practise to carry, stage and retrieve a bail out cylinder safely for the team to use in an emergency.
  • Finning techniques

As the course runs over 3 days, a Saturday, Sunday and following Saturday will be the likely schedule.  However this may change.  We hope to run the course over 2 full weekends to give everyone a chance to dive an extra day at the end of the course using the skills learnt on the course.

Be warned, wreck diving can be extremely addictive.


Costs |$465 

Minimum of 2 Students required to run the course, otherwise private can be arranged.  Max 4 students

Excludes the charter costs and gear rental


Advanced Open Water Diver

Enriched Air Nitrox Diver

Ideally Peak Performance Buoyancy course with Dive HQ Whangarei since April 2018.  This is due to the high levels of buoyancy control and finning technique required on this course.

What's included in the cost

All training and PADI traininig material, 6 wreck dives and certification fees

Stage Bottle and regulators.

Course Requirements:

Your own dive equipment including computer, DSMB & reel, cutting tool, torch and compass.

Please Note: To enroll in a scuba diving course, you must complete the "Medical Statement Form".  It may be necessary to obtain a DIVE medical completed within the last 12 months. Click here to download a medical statement form.

Transportation is not provided by Dive HQ Whangarei, but we do our best to help organise car pooling to the dive sites.