After you have earned your Open Water certification, you may want to expand your skills to do some more advanced dives. We offer a number of advanced courses starting with Advanced Open Water Diver all the way to Dive-master Certification:
Advanced Open Water Diver Course
You don’t have to be “advanced” to take the Advanced course, it’s just the next step – it’s designed so you can go straight into it after the PADI 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 PADI Instructor. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving.
You’ll hone your skills by completing five adventure dives that introduce you to:
- Underwater navigation
- Deeper water diving (typically anywhere from 18-30 metres/ 60-100 feet)
- Three more Adventure Dives that you and your instructor and classmates will decide on. We have the equipment to do most of the adventure courses except those that require tropical water. You can try your hand at search and recovery, wreck diving, diving with underwater scooters, peak performance buoyancy and much more.
- May 18th & 19th
- June 8th & 9th
- June 29th & 30th
- July 13th & 14th
- August 10th & 11th
- September 7th & 8th
- October 12th & 13th
All Dates are subject to change.
Each Adventure Dive in the Advanced Open Water Diver course may also be credited toward the first dive of the corresponding Specialty Diver course.
To take this course, you must be:
- A PADI Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization.
- 15 years old (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)
The knowledge and skills you get in the Advanced Open Water Diver course vary with your interest and the adventures you have, but include
- Practical aspects of deep diving
- Physiological effects of deeper scuba diving.
- More ways to use your underwater compass
- How to navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time
- How to better use your dive computer and dive tables
Get College Credit
You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course
The Scuba Gear You Use
You use all the basic scuba gear including your underwater compass. Depending on which three adventure dives you do, you may also try out underwater photography equipment , DPVs (underwater scooters), a dive light, a dry suit, lift bags, a dive flag/float or other specialty gear.
Gear rental is not included in the cost of the Advanced Open Water Diver course, although we would be happy to set you up with everything for a special discount rental price during your course.
The Learning Materials You’ll Use
PADI’s Adventures in Diving Manual and DVD included in the cost of the course and provide the information you need on more than 16 types of specialty diving. You’ll use them as a guidebook to improve your diving skills and prepare yourself for new experiences and adventures.
Other advanced and specialty certifications are scheduled on an as-needed basis–they can often be done concurrent with our check-out dive schedule. Call the store today to get dates and sign up!