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Advanced Open Water Course

October 5 - October 6

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Congratulations on taking your next giant stride into the aquatic realm! In your Advanced Open Water course, you will learn how to think like a diver – incorporating multitasking, situational awareness, planning more challenging and complex diving and obtaining self-reliance.

During this course, you will execute five specialty dives for your certification. Below we have listed our most popular specialties – we customize each of our Advanced Courses for all students, if you are interested in a particular specialty, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you!

  1. Deep Diver and Underwater Navigator are the two required dives. These skills are extremely important and useful. With Deep Diving you will be able to complete recreational dives up to 100 feet and this will enable you to dive more places. Underwater Navigator allows you to comfortably and knowledgably use a compass to know where you are and where you are going underwater.
  2. Search & Recovery is very compatible with Underwater Navigator. This skill teaches various search patterns to find objects and / or people. You will also learn how to use a lift bag to bring items to the surface including anchors, lost scuba equipment and more. You will learn how to use a reel and knot typing techniques as well.
  3. Peak Performance Buoyancy is extremely valuable to an advanced diver. If you want to have more bottom time, being property weighted, having efficient fin techniques, hovering and breathing skills give you ability to use your air more efficiently, stay off the bottom, inflate / deflate less and have a more relaxed dive. For this dive, we will go over all of these techniques.
  4. Additional Specialties: If you wish to pursue other dive specialties other than the ones listed above, let us know! Many specialties are available to choose from including: Wreck Diver, Boat Diver, Night Diver, Dive Against Debris, Fish Identification, Drift Diver, Drysuit Diver, Digital Underwater Imaging, Nitrox / Enriched Air, Shark Conservation, Delayed Surface Marker Buoy Diving, Cavern, Sidemount Diver and Full Face Mask.
  5. Optional Enriched Air / Nitrox Course: To help our students continue their diving education, we offer a discounted rate for taking the Enriched Air course during your Advanced Course. The most popular specialty class, Enriched Air Diver is 25 % off when taken with the Advanced Open Water Course. Purchase the study materials prior to your AOW class and read and complete the knowledge reviews along with your AOW course material.

Prior to the Advanced Open Water Course:

Since this in an Advanced Course, it is recommended that you provide your own gear, however we do have rental gear available. You must have your own mask, boots and fins for this course. Each student is responsible for his or her rental gear. We understand that schedules get hard and time gets short when traveling. If you need to have your gear brought to the dive site, there is a $50 gear concierge service fee. Please reach out for more information.

  1. You can select either eLearning which is your independent study, which replaces the Manual and classroom session or read five specialty chapters in your Adventures in Diving Manual and complete the knowledge reviews at the end of each chapter. When you arrive at the dive site for your first few dives, we will have a classroom session reviewing the knowledge reviews.  There are no quizzes or tests required for this certification.   The book is an extremely handy reference book for future dives and classes.  For instance, if you were going to go on a drift dive you could read the chapter on drift diving or if you are interested in underwater photography or fish identification the manual can give you information on picture taking techniques or the difference between an angel fish and a parrot fish. So please keep this book on hand for future reference.  The Crew Pac comes with a submersible signal marker (“safety sausage”) and a whistle, both are required during certification.  These items should become part of your equipment in any dive. Please let us know if you want to do eLearning or book and classroom session.
  2. Complete the required PADI Continuing Education Administrative Document. If you answer “yes” to any item on medical statement form, please let us know ahead of time and we will email you an additional Physician Form which your doctor will need to complete and sign verifying you are medically fit to dive. This is a standard form that doctors will usually fill out if they know your medical history and email/fax back to you.
  3. Perform your own personal gear check prior to class. You will need all serviceable basic gear – mask, snorkel, fins, boots, BCD, dive computer, regulator set, weights, suitable dive light, and compass. You can rent BCD, regulator sets, wetsuits, etc…  from us for a reduced student rate.
  4. Optional Gear Concierge Service can be provided for $15 per day per person – includes rental gear delivered to and from the shop to dive site as well as cleaning fees.

Prior to booking, please review the Cancellation & Deposit Policies on the FAQs Page.

For more information on pricing or to book this course, please contact us at or call 813-832-6669.


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