When you first became interested in diving, your primary focus was most likely on getting your Open Water Diver certification. You soon realized, however, that trying to be a “real” scuba diver with nothing more than a beginning diver certification is like trying to compete in the job market with an elementary school education. It is just plain not enough.

That’s why there is an Advanced Diver course. It introduces students to critical knowledge and skills that beginning courses don’t have time to cover.


Under Water

  • Students gain additional open water experience under the guidance and supervision of a knowledgeable instructor.
  • They receive an introduction to a variety of specialty diving activities.
  • Their recommended depth rating goes from 60 to 100 feet.
  • Students meet an important prerequisite for Rescue, Divemaster, Assistant Instructor and Instructor training, as well as for a number of Specialty Diver courses, such as Navigation and Deep. If your ultimate goal is to earn the prestigious Master Scuba Diver rating, this course is your starting point.
  • Further, course graduates qualify to take part in a number of diving activities in which participation is limited to “Advanced Divers Only.”


Despite the fact it is designed to be taken immediately after students complete the Open Water Diver course, there are some substantial differences between the beginning course and the Advanced course.

  • Where the focus of the beginning course is to develop fundamental knowledge and skills, the Advanced course focuses primarily on introducing you to a variety of fun and enjoyable specialty diving activities.
  • The beginning course follows a single, standardized curriculum. In the Advanced Diver course, you get to design your own curriculum — just like choosing electives in college.



Who Can Enroll? This course is open to divers who are:

  • At least 10 years old.
  • Certified to the Open Water Diver level or equivalent.
  • Able to either answer No to all questions on the standard Medical History form or secure a physician’s approval prior to the start of class.



What is involved? This course consists of:

  • Self study.
  • 1 classroom session (usually held on the dive site).
  • 6 open water training dives.

Where and When?


Where and when do classes take place? Classes take place at the following places and times:

  • Classroom sessions take place, on your schedule. Like most Big Kahuna Scuba classes, the classroom portion of this course can be scheduled virtually anytime the shop is open upon completion of your self-study materials.
  • Local open-water training dives take place Saturday and Sunday, and are scheduled during your classroom session.

Starting dates include:

  • This class is scheduled monthly from June through October. Minimum class size is 2. Check the calendar, or call the shop for start dates.

How Much?

How Much

How much does it cost? The course fee is $199 per person and includes:

  • All study materials.
  • Tanks and Weights.

Students are responsible for supplying all of the equipment items listed below, plus:

  • Entry fees to dive facilities or dive charter fees.

What Equipment?


What equipment will you need? Students are responsible for supplying all of the equipment items listed below:

  • Mask, snorkel, fins.
  • Adequate exposure protection.
  • Buoyancy Control Device (BC).
  • Regulator/alternate air source.
  • Depth gauge/timer or computer.
  • Audible surface signal.
  • Surface signal (safety tube).
  • Cutting tool.
  • Dive tables.
  • Compass.
  • Slate.
  • U/W light.

All of these items are available at Big Kahuna Scuba.

How to Enroll

Sign Up

Get Started Now: The best way to get started is to either call or visit Big Kahuna Scuba.