Advanced Open Water

Scuba diving training involves taking a course from a training agency such as SDI, NAUI, or PADI.

Advanced certification is a continuing education certification course for certified divers. The advanced level certification allows you to increase your knowledge and skill sets as a diver. It also enables you take advantage of more diving opportunities. The advanced skills you learn make you more experienced and increase your safety awareness. Multiple dives and a number of hours of classroom work are required to complete the advanced certification. Some of the different types of dives you’ll conduct include: night diving, navigation, a deep dive (130 feet, 40 meters, max.), search and recovery, boat diving, non-penetration wreck diving, diving in surf or currents, etc.

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Once you complete your open water certification, you can move on to an advanced level certification.

To get the most from the course and to become the best diver you can be, read and study each assigned section prior to class. Keep the learning objectives in mind as you study. Review often and immediately after completing a section. Take detailed notes on areas your unclear about, listen to your instructor, ask questions, and make sure everything is clear to you before moving on. Log your dives in detail so that you can go back and review once the course is completed. By practicing these techniques, you’ll find that your knowledge, comfort level, and experience grow quickly.

When you’re ready to increase you skills, techniques, and knowledge about diving, consult your local dive shop for current course information, costs, times, dates, etc.