Advanced Open Water
$400 US$, 2+ days – Includes PADI Pic card and manual
This course is required to complete before you can continue on to Dive Master, and is a lifetime certification. You must have already completed the full Open Water course to take this course. This course includes 3 elective and 2 core dives.
If you have already completed the Adventure Diver level previously, you have already completed the 3 elective dives for this course and only have to complete the 2 required dives, which are Deep Dive, and Navigation Dive. Please read the paragraph above about Adventure Diver.
There is no classroom time for this course, but there are thorough briefings for each dive. Each briefing takes about one hour and then the dive itself takes about an hour as well. The skills covered in each briefing vary, depending on which dives you are completing. The Dive Instructor will go over skills needed for each specialized dive.
Most people choose the Advanced Course in its entirety, all 5 dives, all at once, rather than take Adventure Diver first, and later complete the Advanced Course. However, the Adventure Diver is a good option if the weather doesn’t permit finishing, or if you get a cold, or some other reason that inhibits your ability to finish the full course while you are on the island. In that event, you would get the Adventure Diver level certification, and finish up the Advanced Course at a later date.
If you do need to brush up on a little reading for a particular dive they have the manuals there on the island and you can read the appropriate sections on your own time. No advance testing or skills in a pool are required before you get to the island.