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Summer 2018 Advanced Open Water Diver (AOWD) Course

                                                             SUCI student performing a "Peak Performance Buoyancy" skill:


Jun 19: Pre-Registration OPENS

Jun 20 - Jul 23: Part 1 of 3: Knowledge Development via PADI E-Learning

Jul 23 at 5:00 p.m.:  Registration CLOSES

Aug 1 at 7:00 p.m.: Part 2 of 3: Equipment Review and Readiness Assessment in TPASC Dive Pool

Aug 11 & 12: Part 3 of 3: Five (5) Adventure Dives in the fabulous St. Lawrence River's Thousand Islands near Brockville


Your Instructors: Raimund and Lauren

Price: $400 for SUCI members, $535 ($400 course + $135 membership) for not-yet SUCI members. This includes all your instruction, eLearning course and AOWD certification card. It does not include equipment, meals, fuel, accommodation, and (if applicable) the cost of dive charter boats.

Pre-Registration: Click here, fill out the form, and then click "submit" and we'll get right back to you. Note that registration closes at 5:00 p.m. on Jul 25 at 5:00 p.m. and that we need a minimum of 4 students in order to run the course.

Location:  Historic "Thousand Islands" region of the St. Lawrence River, near Brockville

Exploration, Excitement, Experiences.

More than anything, the Advanced Open Water Course teaches how you to THINK (and act) like a Diver. And no, you don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed so you can go straight into it after the SUCI Open Water Diver course. The Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. You will be able to increase your diving depth from 18 meters (60 feet) to 30 meters (100 feet). This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your SUCI/PADI certified Instructor. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving.

You’ll hone your skills by completing five adventure dives that introduce you to:

  • Underwater Navigation 
  • Deeper water diving  (where you will experience and learn how to manage both a thermocline and Nitrogen Narcosis)
  • Underwater Naturalist (come face-to-face with denizens of the deep and try your hand at underwater recording observations and sketching)
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy (rock-solid buoyancy control is the universally-recognized hallmark of an experienced, comfortable, advanced diver)
  • Drift dive
  • Historical Shipwreck dive

The Fun Part:

The reason you’ll love the Advanced Open Water Diver course is that you and your Instructor choose from 15 types of Adventure Dives to complete your course. You can try your hand at peak performance, night diving, wreck diving, digital underwater photography, diving with underwater scooters, and much more. Each Adventure Dive in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver course and becoming a Master Scuba Diver.


To take this course, you must be:

•A PADI Open Water Diver  (or qualifying certification from another training organization)

•15 years old. From ages of 15-17, a parent or legal guardian who is a full SUCI member must participate in the course.

Start the Advanced Open Water Diver Course Online.

SUCI/PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is part of PADI eLearning®. The Advanced Open Water Diver Course Online gets you started right now with the background information you need for the seven of the most popular Adventure Dives (though you and your instructor can still choose any of the Adventure Dives.)  Start Now!

The knowledge and skills you get in the Advanced Open Water Diver course vary with your interest and the adventures you have, and include

•Practical aspects of deep diving

•Physiological effects of deeper scuba diving.

•More ways to use your underwater compass

•How to navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time

•How to better use your dive computer and electronic Recreational Dive PlannerTM (eRDPTM)

•And much, much more, depending on the Adventure Dives you choose 

The Scuba Gear You Use:

You use all the basic scuba gear including your underwater compass, dive knife, and dive computer (or underwater timing device and dive tables)