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Master Diver

With a master diver certification, you gain the in-depth knowledge that establishes you as a recognized authority in your diving community. By increasing you diving skills to a professional leader, you’ll be able to participate in open water dives in settings that will test your abilities while enhancing and expanding your diving capabilities.

The course requires approximately eight dives (depending on the training agency) and hours of classroom lectures. Courses can focus on emergency procedures and rescue, deep/simulated decompression diving, limited visibility or night diving, underwater navigation, search and recovery, light salvage, etc.

Master diver certifications require specific prerequisites, and these prerequisites differ amongst training agencies, so it’s important that you contact your local dive shop or training agency to find out everything you need to know before signing up for a course.

Once you complete the master diver certification, you can move on to becoming a dive master or instructor.

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.

Specialty Certifications

There are numerous specialty courses you can take to advance you diving skills, comfort level, and experience. Each of these courses specializes in specific skill sets and techniques and can improve your overall knowledge about diving and open up new diving opportunities. Some of the certifications listed below require specific prerequisites, so it’s important that you contact your local dive shop or training agency to find out everything you need to know before signing up for a course. Some of the specialty courses are:

·         Night diver
·         Underwater photographer
·         Search and recovery
·         Hunter and collector
·         Cavern diver
·         Cave diver
·         Wreck diver (no penetration)
·         Wreck diver (penetration)
·         Ice diver
·         Deep diver
·         Nitrox diver
·         Training assistant
·         Scuba rescue diver
·         Advanced rescue diver

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