Advanced Scuba Diver


Are you interested in doing a deep dive down to 120 feet onto a wreck?  Or perhaps you’d like to try Nitrox for the first time, or search and recover a lost item, or learn how to correctly navigate from one point to the other underwater? There are many things you will learn in the Advanced Open Water course.  To successfully complete the course, you will be required to do at least one deep dive, a navigation dive, and you may even be required to do one night-dive (depending on which academic route you choose), and the fun part is you will also have the option of choosing three adventures that most interest you. 


The Advanced Open Water Diver course is not only about diving adventures, it is about making certified scuba divers more confident, knowledgeable, and stronger. Through knowledge reviews, quizzes, and possibly a final exam (done via online or textbook), students develop a greater understanding of the principles related to the topics of the required dives (Deep and Navigation) as well as through the three to four elective adventure dives needed to complete the course.   The elective dives available to students at this time are

• Shore Diving

• Boat Diving

• Dry Suit Diving–must bring your own drysuit

• Emergency Oxygen Administration

• Review of Open Water Scuba Diver Skills — includes the “ditch and dawn”

• Review of Open Water Skin Diver Skills

• Review of Open Water Rescue Diver Skills

• Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx)–do one dive on Nitrox

• Night Diving–must provide your own flashlights

• Peak Performance Buoyancy

• Search and Recovery

• Underwater Naturalist

• Fish Identification 

• Wreck Diving



Anyone wishing to join the Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver Course must first be certified as an Open Water Scuba Diver.  Proof of certification is required in order to register for this course.  

Age Limit

The minimum age for admission into the (adult) open water scuba course is fifteen. With consent of a legal guardian, children ages 12 through 14 can participate in the adult class but will earn a Jr. Open Advanced Scuba Diver Certification upon graduation.  The Junior Advanced Scuba Diver Certification naturally becomes an adult certification once the diver turns 15 years old. 


You must fill out and submit a Statement of Understanding, a Medical Questionnaire, and an Assumption of Risk and Liability form.  Students needing a medical clearance from a doctor will need to provide a doctor’s approval prior to starting the class.

Dive referrals

Anyone wanting to finish their Advanced Scuba course with us is welcome to jump into one of our scuba classes.   In order to receive credit for prior training, you must provide us with a dive referral from your previous instructor or the diving center you used previously.

Academic materials

Student are required to purchase academic materials and have completed at least 1/2 of the course work i.e. reading etc. prior to the first day of diving.


The deep dive and navigation dives as well as any elective dives you chose in order to complete your Advanced Open Water certification may be used as credit for one dive toward corresponding Specialty course certifications like Underwater Navigator, Deep Diver, etc.