Advanced Diver Course
When you first became interested in diving, your primary focus was most likely on getting your Open Water Diver certification. You soon realized, however, that trying to be a “real” scuba diver with nothing more than a beginning diver certification is like trying to compete in the job market with an elementary school education. It is just plain not enough.
That’s why there is an Advanced Diver course. It introduces students to critical knowledge and skills that beginning courses don’t have time to cover.
- Students gain additional open water experience under the guidance and supervision of a knowledgeable instructor.
- They receive an introduction to a variety of specialty diving activities.
- Their recommended depth rating goes from 60 to 100 feet.
- Students meet an important prerequisite for Rescue, Divemaster, Assistant Instructor and Instructor training, as well as for a number of Specialty Diver courses, such as Navigation and Deep Diving. If your ultimate goal is to earn the prestigious Master Scuba Diver rating, this course is your starting point.
- Further, course graduates qualify to take part in a number of diving activities in which participation is limited to “Advanced Divers Only.”
Despite the fact it is designed to be taken immediately after students complete the Open Water Diver course, there are some substantial differences between the beginning course and the Advanced course.
- Where the focus of the beginning course is to develop fundamental knowledge and skills, the Advanced course focuses primarily on introducing you to a variety of fun and enjoyable specialty diving activities.
- The beginning course follows a single, standardized curriculum. In the Advanced Diver course, you get to design your own curriculum — just like choosing electives in college.
Who Can Enroll? This course is open to divers who are:
- At least 15 years old. (12 for Jr.)
- Certified to the Open Water Diver level or equivalent.
- Able to either answer No to all questions on the standard Medical History form or secure a physician’s approval prior to the start of class.
What is involved? This course consists of:
- Self study and completion of knowledge reviews.
- Classroom sessions are most often in the form of going over knowledge reviews & thorough briefings at the dive site or at the dive store just prior to your trip.
- There are 5 dives to complete for the PADI Advanced Certification.
- Navigation and deep dives are required, then you choose 3 more dives based on your interest and the offerings at the trip of your choosing.
Where and When?
Where and when do the dives take place? Dives take place at the following places and times:
- Lake Lanier - Excellent for navigation and search & recovery dives!
- Any of our rock quarry trips.
- Key Largo
- West Palm Beach
- We encourage you to complete your advanced & specialty dives in a variety of locations and conditions.
How much does it cost? The course fee is $219 per person and includes:
- 5 Advanced training dives.
- Advanced diver manual.
- PADI certification w/ Card upon completion.
- We offer the Advanced and all Specialty dives on a “dive by dive” basis for $35.00 per dive on most any trip. You will need the PADI Adventures in Diving Manual, available at Wet Set Scuba, or complete the knowledge development session with PADI e-learning and start today. Your PADI certification card is $35.00 once you complete all 5 dives or $20.00 if you complete all 5 dives with Wet Set Scuba.
As about our TDS Discount on Advanced and Specialty Dives.
Students are responsible for the costs of any dive travel, plus equipment rentals if needed.
What equipment will you need? Students are responsible for supplying all of the equipment items listed below:
- Mask, snorkel, fins and boots.
- Adequate exposure protection.
- One cylinder per dive, per day.
- Weight system, weights.
- Buoyancy Control Device (BC).
- Regulator/alternate air source.
- Dive computer.
- U/W Compass.
- Audible surface signal (whistle).
- Surface signal (safety tube).
- Cutting tool.
- Dive tables and slate.
All of these items are available at Wet Set Scuba for sale or rent.
Divers doing the Advanced & Specialty dives are encouraged to own their own Scuba System for safety and comfort – you’ll be a better diver in equipment you are familiar with!
How to Enroll
Get Started Now: Get Started Now: The best way to get started is to either call or visit Wet Set Scuba in Stockbridge, GA to pick up your Adventures in Diving Advanced Diver Manual and discuss your diving options. You can also get going right now by clicking on the PADI e-Learning link and scheduling your dives on our next trip.