Private ADVANCED OPEN WATER Certification/Course
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Private ADVANCED OPEN WATER Certification/Course

An introduction to the Advanced Open Water Course
In your Open Water course, you learned the basics of how to scuba dive. In Advanced, you are enhancing your skills, and learning how to think and act like a diver. It's the opportunity to gain more experience, continue your diving education and sample different scuba specialities under the supervision of an instructor. FSD Advanced Open Water Course consists of 5 different adventure dives. An ‘adventure dive’ is the first dive of a speciality course. With several speciality courses to choose from, the Advanced Course will introduce you to the many different types of diving you can experience. If you enjoy the adventure dives, you can pursue them further through speciality training. For instance, to obtain a full Wreck Diver Speciality certification, it requires three more dives with the corresponding training. 

Why should you do your advanced training?
AOW opens up more diving possibilities, and enhances your skills. Once you graduate to PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, you can dive deeper. You’ll be certified to 30m/100ft, giving you access to a wider variety of dive sites and marine life. There are many sea creatures that you can't see at shallower depths, and wrecks are often found deeper than the 18m/60ft maximum your Open Water Certification allows you to go. 

What are the prerequisites?
Minimum age of 15 (or 12 for Junior Advanced). You do not need to be an advanced diver to take this course, all you need is your Open Water Certification. The Open Water Course will give you the necessary core competencies to continue on to the Advanced Course. Many students go straight from Open Water to Advanced Open Water and there is no minimum numbers of dives required. 

(Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old can step up and enroll in an Advanced Open Water Diver course, with some restrictions. After completing the Advanced Course they will be certified up to 21m/70ft, and will automatically upgrade to 30m/100ft when they turn 15.


Step One – Decide which Independent Study 
is best for you. We offer both options for the cost $899.95 for ADVANCE OPEN WATER (PRIVATE CLASS)
You can choose from the following (eLearning online or Manual Book/Kit purchased online/Florida Scuba Divers store location)
Opt 1 Academic:
eLearning Online (desktop or laptop)
eLearning Online is an easy way to complete the Advanced Open Water Course Independent Study using your desktop or laptop computer. You’ll learn information necessary to dive safely, complete much of the Knowledge Development, use a dive-planning simulator called the eRDPml (Electronic Recreational Dive Planner Multi-Level) and take your quizzes and final exam online. You can begin right away by clicking of the eLearning online links.

Course Breakdown
The Advanced Open Water Course is a fairly easy courses to complete, as there are no quizzes, exams, or pool sessions.  The Advanced Open Water Course consists of 5 different adventure dives. You are required to do a knowledge review for each dive, which your instructor will go over with you before getting in the water.The course can be done over 2 or 3 days, with up to 3 dives being completed in one day. Usually this will consist of 2 dives during the day and a night dive, (if you choose the night dive as one of your options). Of the five training dives you must complete, the Deep Dive and Underwater Navigation Dive are both mandatory.

*Deep Adventure Dive:
As you drop below 18m/60ft, your air consumption increases (due to the increased ambient pressure), no stop time decreases, buoyancy declines (as wetsuits compress), and you may begin to feel the effects of nitrogen narcosis. None of these are hard to deal with, as long as you know how to manage them. On your Deep Dive, you will learn how to deal with these effects, learn about color changes at depth, pressure changes, and test how susceptible you are to nitrogen narcosis. Getting ‘narced’

*Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive:
While some people are natural navigators, many of us struggle with this skill, making the navigation dive one of the less popular specialties. However, it is a mandatory dive, because it is an important skill to learn. The priority of underwater navigation is to bring you back to the boat, shore or proper exit point safely. Good navigation techniques also increase your dive plan’s effectiveness. You’ll go directly to what you wish to see without wasting no-stop time and gas searching the site. You’ll practice your compass navigation skills on land first, and then refine those skills under the water, using kick cycles, visual landmarks, and time.

If you’re nervous about the Navigational dive, you can practice this skill at home. Purchase your own compass, which is a good piece of equipment to own for every diver.

What are the recommended optional dives?
By far, the top choice that instructors will recommend is Peak Performance Buoyancy. Night and Drift Diving are also often recommended, because they are a lot of fun and help you learn to deal with more challenging dives. Popular choices among students are Wreck Diving, Photography, and Fish ID.

*Peak Performance Buoyancy: 
Ask any diver, and they will tell you that buoyancy is one of the most important skills to master in scuba diving. It’s a skill that most new divers struggle with, so it is the most recommended training dive by instructors. Peak Performance Buoyancy will help you further understand how buoyancy affects you, and how to master it. It's one of the most helpful, and fun training dives. Hoops, rings, and other obstacles are often set up in a course-like style for divers to navigate through. Suggested purchases that you may consider purchasing are proper weights. Your instructor will advice you on the amount that you should be diving with. Each dive trip may vary, depending on location, depth, thickness of your suit and more. Your instructor will go over this with you.

*Night Diving:
While diving in the dark may seem daunting, it’s something most divers start off being very nervous about, and end up loving! On a night dive, you can spot sea creatures that are active at night, and hard to find during the day. In many places, you can also experience bioluminescence. These are tiny plankton type organisms in the water that glow when set in motion. A chemical reaction that takes place inside the plankton causes them to light up, like fireflies. They are beautiful and fascinating to experience. You will need to purchase a light, & a few eco friendly mini lights for your night diving experiences. 

*Drift Diving:
Many dive sites around the world will involve currents, which can be challenging for new divers. In your Drift Diving Training, you learn how to manage currents to increase both your safety and enjoyment. It’s also another great training in buoyancy control. Done properly, drift diving can be both relaxing and exhilarating at the same time, and you’ll learn to how go with the flow as you use the currents to glide along. The skills you learn in this training are fundamental skills you will use many times in your diving adventures.

Wreck Diving:

A popular choice among students, wrecks are fascinating to explore, and are usually teeming with marine life. Ships, aircrafts, vehicles and more, whether purposely sunk or lost in an accident, offer a rewarding and adventurous experience for divers. While you won’t be able to penetrate the wreck on this training dive, you’ll learn about the hazards and safety techniques of wreck diving, and finning techniques to avoid stirring up sediment or disturbing the marine life. A skill your dive buddies will appreciate! 

Underwater Photography:

This dive will teach you the basics of how to get a great shot underwater. From learning how to use the camera in this environment, and finning techniques and buoyancy control practices to get that perfect shot. You also focus on really slowing down and examining the dive site. It’s a great way to learn how to find and recognize marine life. While it is a popular choice among students, it’s not always the best choice for beginners. If you struggle a lot with buoyancy, adding a camera will only make things more difficult, and focus your attention on the camera instead of your surroundings. Always dive within your abilities. 

Fish ID/Underwater Naturalist:
When you first start diving, you probably have no idea what you are looking at, but you know it’s amazing. This training is a great way to start learning all about the new world you have discovered. Instead of thinking ‘that’s a pretty fish!’, you’ll know it’s name. When you know what you are looking for, you’ll see things you may not have noticed otherwise.

Search and Recovery:
If you plan to continue on to your Rescue or Dive Master course, this is a great option to give you a head start. It introduces you to the knots and search patterns you will use in those courses. It also ties in with navigation and buoyancy, and we all know that practice makes perfect.


What equipment do you need?
AOW courses do not include: (Wetsuit, Regulator, BCD, Computer, Compass) This is a great time to look into investing into your own dive gear with our student packages. Aside from your normal dive gear , the additional equipment you will require will depend on the dives you choose! You will learn how to utilize more dive equipment, to enhance your dive experiences. You may end up using underwater photography equipment, reels, buoys, lift bags, a dry suit, a dive light, a dive flag, and more. For the mandatory navigational dive, you’ll need a compass and you may want to think about buying your first dive computer. Florida Scuba Divers will be able to provide any gear you may need, though it’s always good to double check before signing up for your course. Note: Any Rental Gear expense can be applied to your purchase of AOW gear packages.

Note: logbook
, mask, fins, boots, snorkel, safety sausagecompass sold separately at FSD online store or swing by and see us at the shop for Student packages.
Download and complete the following required forms: Update* FSD will provide to your prior to your water instructions
Liability Release and Assumption of Risk Agreement 
Standard Safe Diving Practices Statement of Understanding 
Medical Statement (Note: The Medical Statement ONLY needs to be signed by a physician if you answer any medical question with a ‘YES’)

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