The Advanced Open Water Diver Course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills, so you can become more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your Instructor. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new levels of underwater exploration, to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving.
PADI or SSI Advanced Open Water Diver Course – Exploration, Excitement, Experiences. That is what the Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. And no, you do not have to be advanced to take it. The course is designed so you can go straight into it after the Open Water Diver course.
Advanced Open Water Diver Course
The Advanced Open Water Diver Course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your Instructor. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new levels of underwater exploration and engaging in new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving. (Must be at least 10 years old and be an Open Water Diver or equivalent)
The course consists of five dives; two of these dives are mandatory and three are optional, for you to choose The first two dives listed below are required:
1. – NAVIGATION Dive: where you will learn: Navigation patterns, Natural navigation (without a compass), Compass navigation and how to estimate distance underwater
2. -DEEP Dive: where you will learn: techniques for diving in the deeper range of 18-40 meters / 60-130 feet, deep scuba diving equipment considerations.
The three remaining underwater exploration dives are for you to choose from the options below.
Drift Dive: Planning, the organization of procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of drift diving. Site selection and overview of aquatic currents – causes and effects. Techniques for staying close to a buddy or together as a group.
Fish Identification: How to identify characteristics of local fish families and species. Fish survey techniques and strategies.
Night Diver: Night dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and potential problems. How to control your buoyancy at night. Entries, exits and underwater navigation at night. Nocturnal aquatic life, since many of the plants and animals you’ll see are different!
Underwater Digital Photography: How to choose the right underwater camera system for you. Basic principles for good underwater photos.
Underwater Naturalist: The major aquatic life groupings, information about interactions and factual information that dispels negative myths. The role of aquatic plants, food chains and predator-prey relationships. Responsible interactions with aquatic life.
Peak Performance Buoyancy: How to trim your scuba gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water. How to determine weight so you’re neither too light nor too heavy. How to streamline to save air and move smoothly through the water. How to hover effortlessly in different positions.
The Rescue Diver programs develop your knowledge and skills so you can confidently and effectively recognize, identify and solve potential problems before they happen. You will learn to consider the safety and well being of other divers and build your own confidence.
This course is challenging but greatly rewarding; you will feel that you are in charge and can provide help in any situation. Many divers say this is the best course they’ve ever taken!
Knowledge Development: (online home study or here with us).
Skill training to learn: assisting a panicked diver, dealing with an unconscious diver, searching for a missing diver, providing emergency oxygen, etc.
Realistic scenario practice.
Complete and final exam.
To enroll in the Rescue Diver program, you must have successfully completed Emergency First Response (EFR) or a similar First Aid Course from any agency (Red Cross, etc), with CPR training, within the past 24 months. (To enroll in the Rescue Course, divers must be at least 12 years old and hold an Advanced Open Water Certificate or the equivalent.)
The Specialty Diving Courses are designed to introduce and familiarize students with the various diving activities in specific environments and provide limited experience in those areas. Each dive on the advanced course is the first dive of the specialty course, so you can take advantage of that and carry on with the following dives to complete your Specialty Course. For example, the drift dive on the advanced course is the first dive of the Drift Diving specialty course.