Receiving your advanced diving certification is a great step to take to make all your scuba diving endeavors fun and safe. With this increased level of training you will be able to dive almost everywhere, and you will feel much more comfortable and relaxed in the water. Now that Zegrahm Expeditions requires this level of training we wanted to give you a few quick tips on how to get your certification.
Most of you probably have scuba diving certification through PADI, NAUI, or another authorized scuba organization, because of this you can easily move up to an advanced diving certification.
All you need to do is find your nearest dive center (or resort) that offers advance diving certification. A quick search online with your town name and “scuba diving certification” should yield good results.
Each dive center has their own course methods, duration, and rates, but generally (and this is based on a local Seattle dive center) it costs around $200 and takes at least 3-5 days of required coursework and specialty dives to achieve advanced diving certification. Through PADI, the core dives that are required for an advanced certification are deep, below 60 feet and something we often do on our itineraries, and navigation, which helps you become comfortable with your compass. Three additional specialty dives are required however you can choose from several options that include night, wreck, naturalist, fresh water, etc. NAUI requires six dives, the three core dives are deep, navigation, and night, and like PADI you choose your other three from a list of specialty dives.
More details and references on obtaining your advanced diver certification are available at:
PADI - http://www.padi.com to obtain PADI Advanced Open Water (AOW) Diver certification.
NAUI - http://www.naui.org to obtain NAUI Advanced Scuba certification.
Another great option is the ability to complete the advanced scuba diving certification online with PADI (it costs $120 and you complete it at your own pace) or through other accredited internet classes. However, you will still need to go to a dive center or resort to do the required advanced dives (deep, night, dive, etc) with an instructor.
Another great advantage to getting this certification is you get back in the water and you will have completed the required two open-water dives needed 12 months prior to the departure of your voyage.