Advanced Scuba Diver
Step 1: Paperwork
Every diver must fill out a NAUI liability waiver prior to a certification class or a dive trip. Please read and sign this form and bring it with you to class. A NAUI/DAN medical release form is required prior to any class/ dive trip or any time you’re medical information has changed.
Step 2: E-Learning
NAUI E-Learning is an online self-paced learning environment for students to learn advanced scuba skills. This must be completed prior to classroom sessions. During our classroom session we will discuss what you learned, have open dialog to confirm understanding of the materials, and review any missed questions from the final test.
Step 3: In-Person Class
While eLearning is becoming a new norm in today’s society, there is still no substitute for gaining face to face time with students and re-affirming knowledge while conveying experience. Students will discuss what they learned with their instructors, meet the UA staff, learn from hands on activities, and gain real world experience. Classroom work consists of a single 3 hour session typically in the middle of the week.
Step 4: Pool Sessions
Now for the fun! After you have completed in-person class and passed your e-learning exams we bring you to one of our partnering pools for 1 – 3 hour dive session. During this session you will experience a blackout mask, search patterns, lift bags, simulated night dives, and more.
Step 5: Checkout
Once you have successfully completed you’re learning pool sessions and your instructor has given you a referral, you are free to complete a checkout trip with UA. UA runs a monthly trip to Panama City Beach for anyone interested. We ask that you complete you’re checkout within 6 months of starting you’re e-learning so that information stays fresh in your mind. If you exceed 6 months you may be asked to complete a refresher class and/or pool session.
Step 6: Instructor Evaluations
Once your checkout is complete we will upload images from you dive trip for you to remember your dives with us by. We also ask that you fill out our anonymous instructor evaluation form so that we can learn if there was anything we can improve upon for future classes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Scuba certification generally costs anywhere from $500-$1500 from start to finish. That cost includes equipment, eLearning, instruction and checkout fees and may vary depending on student needs, attendance, and other factors.
Advanced diver allows scuba divers to advance their skills to enjoy a larger number of dive types and environments. It increases your diving depth the 130 ft and builds comfort in scuba.
Advanced divers will need a compass, dive slates, dive computer, fish ID reference cards, finger spool and SMB.
Absolutely! If you would like private instruction and smaller class sizes we can accommodate this request. Private instruction may cost a bit more and we will have to work with our instructors schedules but we can make it happen.
During openwater scuba class you learn the critical skills needed for scuba diving during your Knowledge Development, confined water dives and open water dives. During your advanced class, you will complete tasks which focus on a particular activities or skill.
No, the Advanced course is not mandatory, however, it will build your skills and confidence level underwater. It’s also a fun and exciting experience!
No, certification is NOT guaranteed. While most people can complete classes, Instructors reserve the right to withhold certification if they do no feel that you are or will be a safe diver.