If you just got certified- Congratulations! Or maybe you have been a diver for some time and started thinking, what’s next? Here are some of the reasons why you should continue your dive education.
Practice makes perfect
The Advanced Open Water Course, is designed to build on the skills you learned during your Open Water course. There is so much new information given during the Open Water Course, so it’s easy to forget things if you don’t have the opportunity to practice them. In the Advanced, you’ll continue learning and enhancing your skills. Practicing skills and building on them will help ensure you remember and perfect them. It also helps to avoid developing any bad dive habits.
Experience is the best teacher, so the more you dive, the better diver you’ll become!
Learning more about diving you’ll start to understand air consumption better and practice breathing techniques. Breathing is a huge contributing factor to buoyancy, and learning how it affects your buoyancy will help you control it.
Most importantly, your air consumption will improve. Which means you will stay down longer and everyone wants longer dives.
Learn new skills and get a taste of the Specialties
In Open Water you learn the basic essentials of diving, and in Advanced you learn skills to further improve and fine tune your diving. You’ll learn skills, tips and tricks that will help you for every dive you do in the future. You will also be introduced to a variety of new specialties which allows you to choose your diving interests and skill set to become a specialist diver. Examples of Speciality courses which you can do:
Navigation: The Ocean is a wide open space, and learning navigation will help you get to and from the dive site and back to the boat or shore safely. It also improves your dive plan’s effectiveness, so you know how to get to the dive site and spend more time seeing cool stuff, instead of wasting air searching for the site. It is also a highly recommend course to do if you dive here in Qatar so you can find the Douba from the Beach.
Deep Diving: Past the 18m/20m your Open Water allows, is a whole new world of dive sites. You’ll see new marine life, and many wrecks sit at deeper depths. There are more safety concerns on deep dives, as air consumption increases, no stop time decreases and you may experience nitrogen narcosis. You’ll learn how to deal with all of these things safely, which will open up more dive site options, and improve future dives for yourself and your dive buddies.
Sidemount Diving: If longer dives are something you want sidemount is a great option.
The first dives you do after certification may be intimidating if you are feeling unsure of yourself. Many divers deal with anxiety before a dive starts, and a lot of this anxiety can come from a lack of confidence. They are worried something will go wrong and they won’t be prepared to deal with it.
In the Advanced Course you’ll learn how to dive safer, and how to deal with the problems that might be causing you stress. By continuing your training, you’ll feel more prepared and more knowledgeable.
The more you know and learn the more in control you will feel.
Reach new depths
As an Open Water Diver, you are limited to 18m/20m depending on certifying organization. Due more challenging dive conditions like strong currents, deeper depths some dive sites may be restricted to Advanced Divers.
Becoming an Advance Open Water Diver will open up a variety of new dive sites. You’ll be able to see different marine life and underwater environments, and wrecks which often sit at deeper depths.
And maybe you will fall in love with the Ocean depths and Technical diving starts to interest you.
Discover new equipment
You’ll learn about more dive gear, and how to utilize it to improve your dive experiences. In Open Water you learn about the essential gear that’s required, and in Advanced you’ll learn about specialized gear that enhances a dive.
Depending on the adventure dives you choose, you may be using dive lights, Nitrox, lift bags, dry suits, or a variety of other equipment.
We are never done learning up until the day you hang up your fins
So continue your Journey and book the next course now.