28 October 2005

Become a wreck diver this November and receive a free gift from PADI

Whether you dive on the Wreck of the '64 Impala or in the Graveyard of the Atlantic, a PADI Wreck Diver certification gives you the knowledge and skills to explore your favorite wreck with safety and ease.

It appears as a mysterious shadow looming in the distance. As you get closer, ghostly details emerge -- a railing, a tail fin or a porthole. As your imagination puts the pieces together, the story of a sunken vessel takes shape. As you draw nearer, you see that the broken vessel has taken on a new life. The paint job has been replaced by a coating of colorful anemones and coral. An eel makes its home in the remains of an engine, while a spotted drum hides out under the bow.

Wrecks have long been an irresistible attraction for divers, and there's a lot to love about them. In addition to making a great fish habitat, wrecks are fun to explore and offer great photo opportunities. A wreck dive is also a unique way to learn about local history, or at the very least hear a good tall tale from your divemaster.

The four-dive, two-day course covers the planning, procedures, techniques and hazards of wreck diving. Not only will you practice using lights, penetration lines, reels and other special equipment, you'll also learn what to do in limited visibility and in emergency situations. A Wreck Diver specialty certification also counts toward one of the five specialty certifications required for the Master Scuba Diver rating.

To enroll in a PADI Wreck Diver specialty course, you must hold at least a PADI Adventure Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization). During the month of November, PADI Diving Society members receive a super-absorbent microfiber towel from McNett as a free gift for enrolling in a Wreck Diver specialty course.

Additional information about the Specialty of the Month free gift program is available online or from your local dive center. You can also contact your local PADI dive center or resort for more information on enrolling in a Wreck Diver specialty course.

Source: www.sportdiver.com


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