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Advanced Scuba Diver

Advanced Scuba Diver Course




This course is a continuing education certification course for

certified divers. It is an enjoyable program of continued

supervised experience designed to introduce divers to a

variety of diving activities and to be taught entirely in an open

water setting. Upon successful completion of this course,

graduates are considered competent to engage in open water

diving activities without supervision, provided the diving activities

and the areas dived approximate those of training. This

course is appropriate for divers who:


• Desire additional training.

• Have moved from one diving area to another and desire

local orientation.

• Do not have, but wish to obtain, NAUI certification.

• Desire orientation to a variety of diving sites and conditions.



• Age. Minimum is 15 years. (Junior certification for ages 12

–14 years is allowed. See ”Policies Applying to All Courses”:

Age, Junior Certification.”)

• Dive Certification. Certification as a scuba diver by a

NAUI recognized agency is required. The instructor is to

carefully screen and evaluate all prospective students to

assure that they understand diving safety and possess the

necessary skills to participate. Curriculum and skills from

other NAUI courses shall be used to evaluate and improve the

diver”s knowledge and proficiency if necessary.

• Equipment. Students shall furnish and be responsible for

the care and maintenance of their own diving equipment. The

instructor shall initially assist the student in checking all

student gear to insure it is adequate and in proper working order.


• Ratios. Standard ratios apply (see ”Policies Applying to

All Courses”). If dives are made to depths greater than 80 feet

(24 m), the maximum number of students that shall accompany

one instructor is four. If one or more active-status

assistants are used, this maximum may be increased to eight.

• Hours. Academic - six hours estimated. This includes an

enrollment/orientation session, on-site discussions as necessary

to prepare for a dive”s activity and a final session that

includes an examination based on the academic subject

matter presented during the course. The briefings for dives in

this course are necessarily longer than those for Scuba Diver

or Master Scuba Diver because of the ”academic” discussions

needed to support activities like search and recovery, light

salvage, hunting and collecting, etc.

• Open Water Dives. A minimum of six open water dives is

required. A maximum of three dives per day shall be applied

toward course requirements. At least two dives are to be deeper

than 20 feet (6 m).

Deep Dives. No training dives are to be conducted in

excess of 130 feet (40 m). No dives are to require actual stage

decompression. However, simulated stage decompression may

be added to the ascent of a no-required stop decompression

dive. Any simulated decompression time spent deeper than

25 feet (7.6 m) must be included in the actual dive time. The

instructor is to accompany students during the first training

dive in excess of 60 feet (18 m).




Perform selected basic scuba skills.

Perform selected rescue or assist skills.

Use dive tables to plan all dives.

• Record dives in log books.

• Navigate underwater.

• Use appropriate equipment to perform selected tasks.




The required dive topic areas listed represents three

separate dives of the minimum six required. The remaining

dives can be combined or split as needed to fit the situation

and meet student needs provided at least six separate dives

are made:


Required Dives

• Navigation

• Night or low visibility diving

• Deep diving (130 feet/40 meters maximum depth)


Elective Dives

• Search and recovery

• Boat diving

• Light salvage

• Hunting and collecting

• Exploration and underwater mapping

• Non-penetration wreck diving

• Observation and data collection

• Diving in surf or currents

• Altitude diving

• Salt water diving (in areas where most diving is in fresh


• Fresh water diving (in areas where most diving is in

salt water)

• Shore diving

• Diving for photos or video

• Using dive computers




Sites. Whenever possible a variety of sites shall be dived.

Students are to prepare and present dive plans for each

location and dive purpose. If a limited number of sites are

available, the instructor can aid learning by creating varied

meaningful dive tasks. Log book entries shall reflect the

specific activities of the dives.


Briefings. Instructor led dive briefings and debriefings done

in conjunction with the open water dives are required. The student

divers shall fully participate in the dive planning process.


Content. Subjects and skills of importance for emphasis

during briefings and dives include:

• Fitness, stress, individual limitations, fatigue, expo-sure

and diving adaptations.

• Rough water, limited visibility, and dive/abort decision


• Weight use, suit compression compensation, breathing

patterns as related to buoyancy control, and descent

and ascent control.

• Dive planning, equipment preparation and care, and

buddy diving. Each diver is to assume a leadership role

on at least one dive.

• Communications, instrument use, and navigation.

• Environmental aspects and diving skills that minimally

impact the environment.

• Rescues and assists (self and buddy), emergency systems

and actions are to be reviewed and practiced.




Academics presented during the course orientation, dive briefings

and debriefings are to be used to enhance the safety, knowledge

and appreciation of the dives made.

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