The Advanced Scuba Diver programme is the logical step after having been certified as Open Water Scuba Diver. You can either do the complete programme, or only the first part. In both cases the theory segment is the same. You can thus start your course by downloading the course book and reading it. The book consists of three chapters, which address buoyancy and trim, navigation, and deep diving. For the buoyancy part there is a pool session and a dive in open water. For navigation there is one open water dive. The deep diving part of the course requires 3 dives in open water. If you only do the first of these three dives, you can be certified as Basic Advanced Scuba Diver. If you are well prepared, the Basic Advanced Course can be done in two days.
Completing the last two dives of this programme requires a minimum age of 15. These dives go to a depth between 25 and 30 metres. During the first dive your instructor will familiarize you with a variation of factors that play a role at greater depth. The final dive of the course will be planned by you. You then present your plan to the instructor, including how you are going to navigate the dive site. If you instructor agrees with your plan, you lead the dive and show that you have the skill to make the dive according to your planning. For the complete Advanced Scuba Diver Course you should plan 3 days. An upgrade from Basic Advanced Scuba Diver to Advanced Scuba Diver is available.
Your instructor will want a completed medical statement from you. In some regions a medical statement with only “no” answers will be sufficient for participation in the course. In other regions a medical signed and stamped by a medical doctor will be required and must unconditionally say that you are fit for diving.
After you have finished a chapter, you can test your knowledge by doing a small 10 question test. Bring your answers to your SCUBA C&P Instructor to have them corrected. Your instructor will then explain all missed answers to assure that your understanding of diving theory is adequate.
If you prefer to read your book on paper, then ask your instructor. The price for the paper version of this book is €9.90. If you cannot find a SCUBA C&P instructor in your area, then please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your instructor has more questionnaires available if you wish to practice more. To complete the theory part of the course, you will have to pass an exam under the supervision of your instructor. The minimum score for passing is 80%.
After completion of the Basic Advanced Scuba Diver course you will sign a statement that you are aware that your maximum depth is 20 metres and that you are only autonomous in conditions that are similar to those you have experienced during your course, or with which you have gained experience after completion of your training. Basic Advanced Scuba Divers do not need to be guided anymore on sites that lack a possibility to physically stop an undesired descend.
Advanced Scuba Divers sign a similar statement, but their maximum depth is 30 metres under the condition that they did not only pass this course, but that they also have an experience of no less than 20 dives. Until this experience requirement is fulfilled, dives between 20 and 30 metres depth must be guided.