Congratulations – you’ve decided to join the millions of individuals worldwide who enjoy spending quality time below the surface! You’ve picked out your gear, learned how much weight to strap on, taken that first amazing breath underwater and seen what you’ve been missing all these years. And after completing your open water diver course and receiving your certification, you’re eager to learn and do more beneath the waves. While there are plenty of courses to choose from that are centered around specific activities and disciplines, you may wish to make your second step enrollment in an advanced open water course.
First off, don’t let the word “Advanced” intimidate you. You won’t be involved in deactivating old World-War-Two-era ship mines or fighting squid. Rather, the lessons are intended to further what you learned about in your open water course as well as prepare you for various specialized types of diving. It’s also beneficial to have this certification given the fact that many dive resorts and boats make having advanced scuba skills mandatory for their patrons. Plus, your recommended depth rating will increase from 60 up to 100 feet.
So exactly what makes up the lessons? While you’ll have a little bit of at-home studying to do, the bulk of the course will be taught in open water. This is broken down into five separate diving excursions to such locations as nearby freshwater springs, right offshore, the Bahamas and the Florida Keys. Two of the dives focus on underwater navigation and deep water diving (focusing on such topics as compass familiarization, dive computer use, and the effects of water pressure on the body), but the remaining three will be chosen by you. You’ll select from a list that includes such unique and exciting activities as wreck diving, underwater photography, drift diving and diver propulsion vehicle (DPV) training, and will get a first-hand look of the fun yet to come in other courses. Overall, you’ll be adding to your experience by logging more dive time as well as becoming more familiar with your equipment and more comfortable underwater.
And when you choose Scuba Lessons Jax, you won’t have to worry about hidden and unexpected costs. The course price takes care of your instructor and spring fees, books, dive gear and hotel room. All you need to concern yourself with is how to get there and what to eat!
What are you waiting for? You’ve gotten you feet wet – it’s time to start kicking!