The Advanced Wreck specialty course is designed to extend your knowledge and skills of diving to allow you to dive in and around wrecks environments, including entering and penetrating wrecks. The course develops the knowledge required to plan and prepare for a wreck dive by understanding and mitigating the risks involved with wreck diving.
At Hydronauts, Koh Tao, we teach the Advanced Wreck course on (and in!) the HTMS Sattakut, an American-made veteran of the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa! The Sattakut was sold to the Thai Royal Navy in XXX and was sunk for recreational purposes on XXXXXX. The wreck sits at 28 meters and offers its engine room, captains cabin ….. Blah blah … for exploring.
To allow maximum bottom time and NDLs, we recommend having completed your Nitrox course prior to taking the Advanced Wreck Course. It is very difficult to complete the required skills on the HTMS Sattakut while diving on standard atmospheric air.
We recommend allowing 3-4 days to complete this course so that we can choose the best times of the day for your wreck dives. The Sattakut is a popular dive site on Koh Tao and we’d like to help find a time when there are no other divers on the site.
To be a minimum of 15 years old.
Certified RAID Advanced 35 diver or equivalent.
Complete the RAID registration procedures.
Recommended: Certified Nitrox and Deep Specialty
Begin your e-learning before you arrive
Your training starts online where you will access all your RAID training manuals and quizzes. Contact us to get started with your e-learning before you arrive!
Step 2 - Theory & Workshops
On arrival, you’ll meet your instructor who will review your pre-completed e-learning with you. Your instructor will conduct a few workshops on history of wrecks, equipment, safety procedures, dive magangement and safe diving practices to help you get the most out of your learning experience.
Step 3 - Pool Training
There are two sections in the Advanced Wreck confined water or pool training. First, you‘ll concentrate on buoyancy control with a particular emphasis on weight distribution, propulsion and monouvering. The second section will focus on practicing various line tie offs, lost line drills, alternate air sharing skills, and other malfunctions recovery procedures in preparation for the open water wreck dives.
Step 4 - Open Water Dives
Before we start to penetrate the HTMS Sattakut, we will practice the skills and techniques you learned in the pool in open water. We believe repetition is key to increasing muscle memory and thus confidence.
We will carry out 4 open water training dives which will harness your buoyancy skills and prepare you for going into the overhead environment.
This is a fun course where we will practice putting you under stress in a controlled environment, allowing you to handle yourself in any scenario.
Why choose Hydronauts?
Why Choose Hydronauts?
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You must wait 18 hours after your last dive before flying in an aircraft.
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Please stay hydrated – drink lots of water before and after your dives.
Bring sunscreen (preferably reef safe!)
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Yes! We are a 3-star beachfront resort! We have dorm rooms starting at 300 THB and private accommodation starting at 600 THB. Message us and ask about our diving and accommodation packages!
Yes! You can begin your reading and quizzes before you get here but you’ll need to complete the workshops and exams with your instructor when you arrive. Contact us now to get started!
Explorer 30 or Advanced 35 are the next courses we recommend after your Open Water 20 Course. These courses will get you to improve your buoyancy, advance your understanding of dive planning, and get you diving on shipwrecks, deep sites, and maybe even diving at night! Get in touch with us to learn more!
Yes. All the answers are in the manuals for you to review anytime. Our approach to education is for students to comprehend and practice through repetition rather than focusing on textbook memorization. This ensures that your actions–underwater especially–are informed and contextual rather than rote and textbook.
Yes! Check our Try Dive page or get in touch with us to learn more! We can’t wait to show you the underwater world and teach you to defy gravity!