Improve dive skills and gain dive experience under the tutelage of Dive Professionals. In this course you are introduced to additional dive knowledge through the Advanced Diver eLearning course. Then you will gain new skill experiences as you complete five open water Adventure Dives! Two of these are mandatory:
- Underwater Navigation: reduce stress and confusion when you know where you are, which way to go, and how far you are from the boat or shore
- Deep: safely dive in depths beyond 60’ to visit wrecks, walls, and coral reefs to a maximum of 100’
Plus 3 more from a wide range of Adventure dives, based on training location and instructor availability, you may choose:
- Buoyancy: save air, energy, and make diving much more enjoyable and stress free when you learn to dive with neutral buoyancy
- Wreck: explore natural, historical, and artificial wrecks
- Night: seeing the underwater world at night offers a completely different perspective
- Search & Recovery: there are a variety of search patterns that can be used to find and recover lost objects underwater
- Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV): explore reefs beyond the reach of swimming in ease and comfort
- Marine Identification: dives are more enjoyable when you know what you are seeing
- Underwater Naturalist: the underwater world is a community, discover it and experience even more that it has to offer
Each Adventure Dive provides an introduction to the additional skills and experience that can be gained in the corresponding Specialty Course, and will be credited as the first dive toward each specialty certification.
Upon completion of the Advanced Diver course you will be certified to dive to 100’ within the limits of your training and experience. The best part is you can take your Advanced training immediately upon completion of your beginning scuba course! This is, in fact, recommended as it more than doubles the amount of open water training you receive as a new diver. You can complete the dives locally or on one of our group dive vacations, as all our trips are led by Dive Professionals.
Prerequisites: Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old are ready to step up and enroll in an Advanced Diver course. Young divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives – check with your Dive professional.
Price: The total course price is $365, which includes eLearning fees ($167) plus practical classroom and in-water training fees ($198).
Class price includes:
-On-site course review + 5 dives
-A comprehensive online course program plus Data Carrier
*Course fee does not include any other snorkel or scuba equipment. Students must provide their own personal gear (masks, fins, snorkels, boots) which are available for purchase at the dive store and our friendly staff can professionally fit you for these items, if needed. BC, Regulator with dive computer, and wetsuits are available to rent at a discounted daily rate for students enrolled in our Advanced Open Water course. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation and personal items (swim suit, towel, etc).
Additional Gear Required: Students must own the following when taking Advanced Training: primary underwater light, surface marker buoy (SMB), tank light, finger spool or reel (100′ minimum), and cutting tool. These are a separate charge from the course fees. AOW Equipment Packages available at a discount to students enrolled in the course. Ask a staff member for more information.
Medical: Prior to taking this scuba class, you will need to complete a Liability/Medical form. Please review this form and determine if you are eligible to take a scuba course or if you will need a doctor to sign-off on your form prior to starting the class. This information is required to eEnroll or begin any diver training.
Diving Location Options: For completing your course locally, join us at one of three locations: Hydes Quarry in Westminster, MD; Dutch Springs in Bethlehem, PA; or Lake Phoenix in Rawlings, VA. Alternatively visit our Travel Page to join us on one of our fantastic trips to a more exotic locale. Or take a Referral packet to another dive center at a destination of your choice.
Hydes Quarry (add $50)
Close to home
5-10 ft. visibility, stair access to/from water
No frills and no facilities. Training only.
***Camp & Dive Weekend **Recommended** (add $175)
Dutch Springs or Lake Phoenix, 3-4 hour drive
30-40 ft. visibility, large training platforms, easy shore access to/from water
Bath houses with toilets and hot showers, concession stands, and gift shop
Fee includes Scuba Park entrance fee, camping fees for 2 nights, all meals, snacks, and drinks, and unlimited air fills!
Student arrival and setup Friday evening, training conducted Saturday/Sunday
Cancellations or Rescheduling: Cancellations or rescheduling require 48-hour notice. You may reschedule one time at no charge, after that any further adjustments will incur a $50 rescheduling fee per change. Cancellations are subject to a $75 cancellation fee.
Course Time: This course is conducted on site on during any of our Open Water weekends. In water training is generally held from 8am-2pm both Saturday and Sunday but may vary based on the course, training location, and instructor schedule. Studies must be completed prior to certification.
Note on Rental Gear: For Camp & Dive (Dutch Springs) Weekends, rental gear may be picked up 12pm – 7pm Thursday, the week of the event. For Hydes Quarry Weekends, rental gear may be picked up 12pm – 7pm Friday, the week of the event.
Course Dates and other details: See Calendar Here
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