Assam wishes to complete his PADI Wreck Diver and PADI Night Diver Specialty course over the course of a week while on vacation.

He explains to his PADI Instructor, Melissa that he would like to get as much night diving experience as possible during his trip.

Melissa suggests that they complete the first Wreck Diver and Night Diver dives on the first day his trip. That way on the second day they would be able to complete the second Wreck Diver dive the following night. That way allowing him one more wreck dive than was originally planned.

Is this a good idea and allowed by PADI standards?

‘Melissa is looking to balance safety, standards and customer satisfaction and is doing it very well. The standards for the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Course states that non-penetration dives may be conducted at night for students who have completed the first dive from the PADI Night Diver Specialty Course.

Having Ammar complete the first dive on the wreck during daylight hours is good practice as she may have no previous diving experience with Ammar and can use this as a chance work on anything during her assessment of his readiness for upcoming performance requirements.

Lastly, the way she has looked for solutions to a customer while working within the parameters of the standards and their intent is to be applauded!’

Gaz Lyden