Advanced Open Water


One course; four specialties. The Advanced course combines four of the most popular — and critical — specialties into one course designed to not only make you a better diver, but helps meet the requirements for Advanced Open Water Diver certification. These specialties are:

  • Underwater Navigation: To get to an unfamiliar location on land, we consult a map, road signs or GPS. Under water, there are none of these things. You can, however, use a compass as a directional reference. But, the compass is only as good as your working knowledge and experience using it correctly. When you begin and end your dive at the correct location, you feel good, look good and conserve energy. But not everyone has a good sense of direction, especially underwater.
  • Deeper Diving: You and your buddy are on a dive when for some reason, it is time to go up now due to low air supply, high nitrogen status or an emergency diver recall but…you cannot find the ascent line. Uh Oh! What now? In the sport of scuba, any dive deeper than 60 feet is considered a deep dive. Particular procedures and emergency preparedness skills should be learned and mastered. Take the time to learn those skills that could make a difference.
  • Night/Limited Visibility: While having great visibility and broad daylight is always desirable, it’s foolish to limit your diving to times and places where it exists. Night diving is different from limited visibility diving because with a good dive light, night diving is only limited in visibility by the quality of the dive light being used. Since other divers cannot see unless they are looking, you will learn the basic dive light signals and the minimum equipment to be worn.
  • Wreck Diving: In the Gulf South Region , the dive sites we dive are typically wrecks of some sort whether a bridge span, barge, pile of rubble, collapsed rig structure, military tanks, or an actual boat. This course concentrates on external survey, equipment preparedness, mental attitude and methods of research. Wrecks are often at deeper depths requiring careful planning and proper safety procedures.



This course has the following prerequisites:

  • Be at least 12 years old.
  • Possess a minimum of Open Water Diver certification.
  • Be able to either answer No to all of the questions on the RSTC Medical History form, or secure a physician’s approval prior to taking part.



This course consists of four classroom/pool session. If you would like to receive Advanced Open Water Diver certification for this course, you must also complete open-water training dives. Your instructor will have details.



All training takes place right here at Harry’s Dive Shop. We are among the few dive centers in the country with our own indoor, heated swimming pool. This 16-foot-deep pool was designed specifically for diver training. It provides unbeatable convenience and enjoyment.



This course takes over four evenings, meeting twice a week for two weeks. Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday schedules available. Each session meets from 6:00 until approximately 9:30 pm. Upcoming starting dates include:

  • (Contact store for upcoming dates)

Please be aware that, while we make every effort to keep our listings accurate and up to date, you should always call the store to confirm starting dates and times.

How Much?

How Much?

The cost of this program is $450 and includes:

  • All instruction.
  • Self-study materials.

Students are responsible for supplying:

  • Personal diving equipment (see list below).
  • Certification card processing.

Individual specialties can be taken separately for $150 each. Taking all four together saves you $150.

Your instructor will have details and costs for the optional open-water training dives.

Required Equipment


students are responsible for supplying the following:

  • Mask, snorkel, fins.
  • Weight system, weights.
  • Adequate exposure protection.
  • One cylinder.*
  • Buoyancy Control Device (BC).*
  • Regulator/alternate air source.*
  • Underwater compass.
  • Primary, backup and tank-marker lights.
  • Surface marker buoy (SMB) and reel or spool.
  • Slate or wet notes.
  • Wreck gloves.

*If you do not own these items, you can use ones from the rental department at Harry’s Dive Shop for the pool session.

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