Advanced Diver Course

The Advanced Diver course is meant for certified divers wanting to learn and develop skills for scuba diving in different environments. Also, the Advanced Open Water Diver course gives you the knowledge and practice to deal with new challenges.

Continuing with your diver education is the best way to keep having fun while learning and practicing skills to help you dive easier and safer.

Other Advanced Recreational Diver Courses:

  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Enriched Air Nitrox
  • Deep Diver Specialty
  • Drift Diving
  • Underwater Navigation
  • Rescue Diver
  • Divemaster

This is one of the most fun courses you will take in your scuba diving career. Although a total of 5 adventure dives are required to complete the course, at Divers UnderGround we’ll throw in a 6th dive. The course takes 3 adventure-packed days and 6 amazing dives in different environments.

Contact us to find out what you need to read in advance so you can enjoy your diving vacation in the Mexican Caribbean.


The Advanced Diver course is designed to improve your Open Water knowledge and skills. You can enroll immediately after your Open Water Diver certification. This course helps you build confidence in navigation, fine-tune buoyancy skills, and introduces you to different diving activities such as wreck diving, night diving, and underwater photography and video.

Five Adventure Dives and an extra Practice Fun Dive:

A deep dive (beyond 18m/60F, a navigation dive, and three additional Adventure Dives of your choice to earn your certification. *This course fee covers your practical training fees, dives, dive equipment, and instruction at the Dive Center.


We’ll plan your Adventure Dives together. There are two required dives, Deep and Underwater Navigation, and you choose three more, for a total of five dives and we’ll use the 6th one for practice.

During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving. The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks, and time.

The other Adventure Dives we recommend doing in this area are:

  1. Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB)
  2. Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx)
  3. Drift Diver
  4. Fish I.D.
  5. Boat
  6. Wreck

You may be able to get college credit for the Advanced Open Water Diver course.


Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a compass and dive knife or dive tool. You’ll also use specialized gear depending on the Adventure Dives you choose. For example, you would obviously use a sidemount configuration during the Sidemount Adventure Dive. We will explain the equipment that you need and may suggest additional gear, such as a lift bag for search and recovery diving and/or drift diving.

Contact us to learn more about the gear you will need to start your adventures in the Advanced Open Water Diver course.

Getting Started:

Sign up for Advanced Open Water Diver Online – PADI’s eLearning option – to get started immediately. The web-based system lets you learn about seven of the most popular Adventures Dives – including the required Deep and Underwater Navigation Adventure Dives, plus Boat, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Naturalist, and Wreck Adventure Dives. You study at your own pace through an easy to use, interactive program. You also have access to an online version of the Advanced Open Water Diver manual and can complete sections for other Adventure Dives.

You can also choose to read the Advanced Open Water Diver manual and watch the Advanced Open Water Diver Video (a book and DVD package). Contact us to enroll in the course, get your materials, and start learning. We can then plan your dive trip and schedule knowledge review sessions along with your Adventure Dives.

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