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Advanced Open Water

Open Water divers take the next step learn advanced skills.

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In your Open Water Course you learned the basic skills to become a SCUBA diver. The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Program builds upon the skills you learned in your Open Water Course and allows you to increase your comfort and enjoyment levels under the guidance of a PADI professional. This course is ideal for divers who just completed their Open Water Course or divers who want to further their SCUBA education. This course consists of one classroom session and 5 dives.

The first dive day consists of two shore dives - Peak Performance Buoyancy and Underwater Navigation. During the Peak Performance Buoyancy dive, students will have the opportunity to achieve proper weighting, improve their proper buoyancy skills underwater, develop good breathing skills, and improve their overall comfort level in the water. On dive two, students will learn both natural and compass navigation. On day two, dives three and four will be conducted from shore. Students will have the opportunity to experience Deep diving between 60 and 80 feet and the last dive of the day will be Search and Recovery. On day three, the Advanced Open Water course will conclude with a Night dive from the shore.


  1.  Complete the PADI Continuing Education Documentation including the Medical Questionnaire.
  2.  PADI Open Water certification (or equivalent).
  3. Students must have dove in New England within two months prior to class start date. This course is not an introduction or a refresher course to New England diving.
  4. Minimum age is 15.

Home Study Requirements: Students are required to complete the Scuba Review session in the Adventures in Diving manual, read the appropriate chapters, and complete the knowledge reviews before the orientation night. The Peak Performance Buoyancy, Navigation, Deep, Search and Recovery, and Night Diver sections must be completed for our Advanced Open Water Diver Program.

Classroom Sessions: The Scuba Review, Buoyancy, Navigation, Night, Deep, and Search and Recovery and will be discussed the night of class at MASS Diving.

Equipment Required: Full SCUBA equipment including a regulator with an octopus or redundant air, dive computer, and compass. Advanced Diver Course equipment rental discount is 15% off. Other equipment needed: an audible device (whistle or dive alert), primary dive light, back up light, tank light, underwater slate, and a log book. (PADI encyclopedia is not required, but is highly recommended.)

Tuition: See above (Includes instruction and certification card.)

Student Kit: Includes PADI Adventures in Diving manual & slate, and student folder. 

Registration: Students can register at MASS Diving, Inc. or purchase here. Pre-registration required.

MASS Diving Cancellation/Postponement Policy: MASS Diving reserves the right to cancel or postpone a class due to weather, lightning, pool closing, below minimum enrollment levels, or any other circumstance that may cause the course to be postponed. In the event of a class cancellation by MASS Diving, the student may switch to another date or receive a full refund on the instructional portion of the course. Materials fee is only refundable if returned in its original condition. Classes - Up to 14 Days Before Class Start Date:  Students may transfer into another class or cancel and receive a refund up to 14 days prior to their course start date with a 10% service fee. Student kit will only be credited if returned unused.  Opened DVDs cannot be returned. 5 to 13 Days Before Class Start Date: Students can transfer into a future class, no refunds and a re-scheduling fee of $50.00 will apply. 0 to 4 Days Before Class Start Date: students can transfer into a future class, no refunds and a re-scheduling fee of 50% of the tuition will apply. Rental Equipment is non-refundable, Gift Cards are non-refundable, Charter Boat is non-refundable unless the charter cancels. 

Thursday Night 6pm - Orientation and Classroom Session at MASS Diving
Saturday Morning - Shore Dives - Peak Performance Buoyancy and Underwater Navigation
Sunday Morning/Afternoon - Shore Dives - Deep Diver and Search and Recovery
Saturday Evening - Night

*Location will be in the Cape Ann area. Sites may change due to weather conditions.

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