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Advanced Open Water Diver


Exploration, Excitement, Experiences

That’s what the Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. You don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your Open Water Diver certification. The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives. You try out different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision of your Instructor. You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.

What You LearnWhat's InvolvedUpcoming ClassesGearCourse Fees

Our Advanced Open Water SCUBA Diver course consists of the following training elements:

  • Independent Study: Complete your choice of SDI or PADI eLearning program
  • Classroom Sessions: Discussion style interaction with an instructor.
  • Open Water Dives: Put it all together and experience your next level of diving.

During your independent study (eLearning) you will learn about:

  • The benefits of perfecting buoyancy control.
  • The various types of diving available like night diving, deep water diving, and wreck diving – just to name a few.
  • Different ways to navigate underwater and even how to search and recover items underwater.

During your classroom sessions we will discuss:

  • Buoyancy: Awareness and benefits of buoyancy control in the real world.
  • Underwater Navigation: How to navigate underwater by using a compass and also by ‘natural’ navigation (identifying and using visual landmarks).
  • Search & Recovery: Selection and application of search patterns, common rope knots and rigging, lift bag usage.
  • Deep water diving: Physics and physiology of deep diving, dive planning, air management, emergency procedures and first aid.
  • Wreck Diving: Planning, mapping, and navigating wreck dives, hazards and environmental cautions, life lines and reels, special procedures.
  • Night or Limited Visibility Diving: How to plan your dive in and handling different limited visibility conditions, buddy communication techniques, awareness and respect for nocturnal life, required and special equipment, nocturnal life.

During your open water dives you will:

  • Practice and implement what you learned during your classroom sessions.
  • Hang out, have fun and see what it is like to be on a dive vacation . . . Even in Kankakee.
  • Go diving! Explore the quarry or ocean.

If you have not done so, I encourage you to take a few minutes and read the Frequently Asked Questions and Our Training Philosophy pages. Below is detailed information on the process of getting started and completing your training.

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We put as much information on here to create as complete a picture as possible of the Advanced Open Water SCUBA Diver certification process. Read through it and if you have any questions, or prefer to talk  to someone about what’s involved, please Contact Us.


  • Be at least 13 years old.
  • Be certified as an Open Water Diver (or equivalent)
  • Be in good mental and physical condition.

Paperwork: Download and Complete

Stop by the Shop

  • Bring your completed paperwork or complete it at the shop with Jeff or Rami.
  • Sign up and pay for the course. Please see the Cost tab for details.
  • Setup your eLearning program (or you can do it at home later). We will send you the code.
  • Go over any other details or questions you may have, and confirm schedule.
  • Purchase or make rental arrangements for gear you need for class.

Classroom Sessions

  • For group classes, please see the Upcoming Classes tab. For a private course, we will create a schedule together that works for you.
  • You will attend two classroom sessions, each about four hours long.
  • All classroom sessions are held at the dive shop.

Advanced Open Water Certification Dives

  • Five required open water certification dives done over a single weekend; three dives on Saturday and two dives on Sunday.
  • We will be doing a night dive on Saturday night. While this is optional, we encourage you to join us for the fun.
  • All certification dives are done with us at Haigh Quarry, in Kankakee, between May and October.


6 Spots Remaining as of 04/10/2017
Day Date Start End
Classroom Session Thursday May 10 7:00 PM 11:00 PM
OWTD Day 1 Saturday May 20 8:00 AM 8:00 PM
OWTD Day 2 Sunday May 21 8:00 AM 4:00 PM


4 Spots Remaining as of 04/10//2017
Day Date Start End
Classroom Session Thursday Jul 20 7:00 PM 11:00 PM
OWTD Day 1 Saturday Jul 22 8:00 AM 8:00 PM
OWTD Day 2 Sunday Jul 23 8:00 AM 4:00 PM

Gear you are responsible for providing:

  • Buoyancy Control Device (BCD) with integrated weight pockets *
  • Regulator system with a submersible pressure gauge *
  • Dive computer *
  • Suitable dry suit system or wet suit *
  • Hood *
  • Gloves *
  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Fins and Boots
  • Signal Tube/Safety Sausage
  • Primary Underwater Dive Light
  • Compass
  • Finger Spool or Reel
  • Student Logbook

* Gear items that may be rented.


Gear included in your course fee:

  • Tanks and air fills
  • Weights


Additional recommended gear:

  • Backup Underwater Dive Light
  • Dive Slate
  • Knife / Cutting Tool

We offer two types of courses to complete your training: Group and Private

Group Training ($450):

  • Minimum of four students, maximum eight
  • Classroom and Certification Dive dates are set and may be viewed on the Upcoming Classes tab.

Private Training ($750):

  • These classes are ideal for:
    • Students who have a tight time frame or complicated schedule.
    • Students who need or want one on one-or-one-on-two training.
    • 13 year olds must do private lessons and no more than two students.
  • Minimum of one student, maximum four
  • Dates may be scheduled on weekdays or weekends

Included in both Prices:

  • eLearning program
  • All classroom sessions
  • Use of SCUBA Gear (as noted on Gear tab)
  • All certification dives (minimum of two days)
  • Air fills
  • Water and snacks
  • Certification processing