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Advanced Buoyancy Control

pool-briefingExcellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. They more easily observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings. You can achieve this, too. The Advanced Buoyancy Control Specialty course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates them to the next level.




What You LearnWhat's InvolvedUpcoming ClassesGearCourse Fees

Our Advanced Buoyancy Control course consists of the following training elements:

  • Independent Study: Online 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.
  • How to determine correct weighting and when weight checks should be performed.
  • Controlled ascents and descents.

During your classroom sessions we will discuss:

  • Body positioning and streamlining diving gear.
    If you own your dive gear we encourage you to bring it to the classroom session so we can make recommendations.
  • Diver Awareness: You and your gear, divers around you, and the environment.
  • Breathing control and hovering techniques for safety stops, photographing, and videoing.
  • Buoyancy control techniques during night or limited visibility diving.

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 Buoyancy Control 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 12 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.
  • Set up 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 one classroom session, about four hours long.
  • All classroom sessions are held at the dive shop.

Advanced Buoyancy Control Certification Dives

  • Three required open water certification dives done in a single day.
  • All certification dives are done with us at Haigh Quarry, in Kankakee, between May and October.
Spots Remaining are as of 04/26/2017
Day Date Start End
     4 Spots Remaining
Classroom Session Tuesday May 2 7:00 PM 10:30 PM
Open Water Dives Sunday May 7 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
     4 Spots Remaining
Classroom Session Thursday Jun 29 7:00 PM 10:30 PM
Open Water Dives Sunday Jul 7 8:00 AM 5:00 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
  • Student Logbook

* Gear items that may be rented.

Gear included in your course fee:

  • Tanks and air fills
  • Weights

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.
    • 12 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 and all course materials
  • All classroom sessions
  • Use of SCUBA Gear (as noted on Gear tab)
  • All certification dives
  • Air fills
  • Water and snacks
  • Certification processing
  • All taxes