Advanced Scuba Diver Step 1:
Complete the eLearning for the Advanced Scuba Diver Course.
What you will learn:
Improve dive skills and gain dive experience under the tutelage of Dive Professionals. Students learn additional dive knowledge during the Advanced Scuba Diver eLearning course . Then you will gain new skill experiences as you complete five open water Adventure Dives! Therefore 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’
Choose from 3:
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 Scuba 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 Scuba Diver 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.
Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old are ready to step up and enroll in an Advanced Scuba Diver course. Because Young divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives – check with your Dive professional.
-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. Therefore 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. In addition 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. Finally students are responsible for providing their own transportation and personal items (swim suit, towel, etc).
Advanced Scuba Diver Step 2:
Certification 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.
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.
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
Prior to taking this scuba class, you will need to complete a Liability/Medical form. While reviewing this form you can 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. Because it is required to enroll or begin any diver training.
Cancellations or Rescheduling:
Cancellations or rescheduling require 48-hour notice. In addition 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.
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.
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