Scuba Diving Classes
NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver Course
At Deep Exposure we're happy to offer the NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver course in
cozy Cozumel. We embrace NAUI's motto; "Dive Safety through Education." The
Advanced Scuba Diver class is an excellent opportunity for divers to increase
their knowledge and abilities, while gaining experience under the supervision
of a NAUI professional. Read on to learn more about this excellent program.
This course is a continuing education certification course for certified
divers. It is an enjoyable program of continued supervised experience
designed to introduce
divers to a variety of diving activities and to be taught entirely in
an open water setting. Upon successful completion of this course,
graduates are considered
competent to engage in open water diving activities without supervision,
provided the diving activities and the areas dived approximate
those of training.
course is appropriate for divers who:
- Desire additional training.
- Have moved from
one diving area to another and desire local orientation.
- Do not
have, but wish to obtain, NAUI certification.
- Desire orientation
to a variety of diving sites and conditions.
PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE
- Age. Minimum is 15 years. (Junior certification for ages 12
– 14 years is allowed. (See “Policies Applying to All Courses”:
Age, Junior Certification.”)
- Dive Certification. Certification
as a scuba diver by a NAUI recognized agency is required. The instructor
is to carefully screen and evaluate
all prospective students to assure that they understand diving safety and possess
skills to participate. Curriculum and skills from other NAUI courses
shall be used to evaluate and improve the diver’s knowledge and proficiency
- Equipment. Students shall furnish and be responsible
for the care and maintenance of their own diving equipment. The instructor
initially assist the student in checking all student gear to insure it is adequate
- Ratios. Standard ratios apply (for
DE the ratio is no more than 4 to 1). If dives are made to depths
greater than 80 feet (24 m), the
maximum number of students that shall accompany one instructor is four.
If one or more
assistants are used, this maximum may be increased to eight.
Academic - six hours estimated. This includes
an enrollment/orientation session, on-site discussions as necessary
for a dive’s activity
and a final session that includes an examination
based on the academic subject matter presented during
the course. The briefings for dives
in this course are
necessarily longer than those for Scuba
Diver or Master Scuba Diver because of the “academic” discussions
needed to support activities like search and recovery,
hunting and collecting,
- Open Water Dives. A minimum of six
open water dives is required. A maximum of three
dives per day shall be applied
toward course requirements. At least two dives are to be deeper than 20 feet
- Deep Dives. No training dives are to be conducted
in excess of 130 feet (40 m). No dives are to require actual
stage decompression. However, simulated stage decompression may be added to
of a no-required
dive. Any simulated decompression time
spent deeper than 25 feet (7.6 m) must be included in the actual dive time.
is to accompany
during the first training dive in excess
of 60 feet (18
• Perform selected basic scuba skills.
• Perform selected rescue or assist skills.
• Use dive tables to plan all dives.
• Record dives in log books.
• Navigate underwater.
• Use appropriate equipment to perform selected tasks.
The required dive topic areas listed represents three separate dives
of the minimum six required. The remaining dives can be combined
or split as needed to fit the situation and meet student needs provided
dives are made:
• Night or low visibility diving
• Deep diving (130 feet/40 meters maximum depth)
• Search and recovery
• Boat diving
• Light salvage (not available)
• Hunting and collecting
• Exploration and underwater mapping
• Non-penetration wreck diving
• Observation and data collection
• Diving in surf or currents
• Altitude diving (not available)
• Salt water diving (in areas where most diving is in fresh water)
• Fresh water diving (in areas where most diving is in salt water)
• Shore diving
• Diving for photos or video
• Using dive computers
PROCEDURES FOR OPEN WATER
Sites. Whenever possible a variety of sites shall be dived.
Students are to prepare and present dive plans for each location
and dive purpose. If a limited number of sites are available, the
can aid learning by creating varied meaningful dive tasks.
Log book entries shall
reflect the specific activities of the dives.
Briefings. Instructor led dive briefings and debriefings
done in conjunction with the open water dives are
student divers shall fully participate in the dive
Content. Subjects and skills of importance for
emphasis during briefings and dives include:
• Fitness, stress, individual limitations, fatigue, expo-sure and diving
• Rough water, limited visibility, and dive/abort decision making.
• Weight use, suit compression compensation, breathing patterns as related
to buoyancy control, and descent and ascent control.
• Dive planning, equipment preparation and care, and buddy diving. Each
diver is to assume a leadership role on at least
• Communications, instrument use, and navigation.
• Environmental aspects and diving skills that minimally impact the environment.
• Rescues and assists (self and buddy), emergency systems and actions are
to be reviewed and practiced.
Academics presented during the course orientation,
dive briefings and debriefings are
to be used to enhance the