Why take the Advanced Open Water Diver course? Excellent question, but let’s take a step back a minute…
We all know the Open Water course is the building block of everyone’s diving skills. For many people, learning how to scuba dive opens up a whole new world of adventure. It’s another activity to consider when travelling abroad. Chances are, some of you were even on holiday in a tropical warm water destination when you heard about or saw scuba diving taking place. For others it fulfills a passion for an up-close encounter with nature, the sheer freedom of unrestricted underwater movement, delving into the science of diving, overcoming a fear, getting a history or adventure kick out of diving down onto a wreck and a thousand other reasons.
The Open Water Diver course gives you the keys to all of this, so then why go an extra step and take the Advanced course?
There are a whole host of reasons why. Two of the most obvious reasons are to be able to dive deeper and to learn better navigation skills. In fact, those reasons are so important to most divers that they are compulsory aspects of the Advanced Diver course. But not everyone feels compelled to dive deeper and are happy enough to rely on trained professional dive crews to lead the way underwater, so what else might be an impetus to take the Advanced Course?
I have written a series of six articles as to exactly why almost everyone would benefit from the Advanced Course, so I won’t go into immense detail here. Instead I will simply summarize what I consider to be the 5 main reasons why all divers should consider the Advanced Open Water Diver course, even if they don’t feel the need to learn more about diving in general beyond the basic scuba diving skills taught on the Open Water course. If you want to read a more in-depth review of those five reasons, the articles I wrote are posted elsewhere on our website and can be accessed through these links:
Why write a blog now about taking the Advanced course? Well, it’s a great time for talking about it, is why!! It’s nice and hot outside and we’re heading to Brockville to do Advanced courses twice in August!!! On August 6/7 and August 20/21, we’ll be taking some excited divers up to dive the St. Lawrence and gain their Advanced certification at the same time. If it sounds good to you too, get in touch with us soon!! Spots are fast disappearing. Heck, even if you are already a certified diver, come join us, we’d be happy to have some “fun divers” along as well!