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SDI Advanced Adventure Diver

This Advanced Adventure class includes six (6) open water dives compared to just the 5 required by most other dive shops/certification agencies. 

In addition, Underwater World is the only dive shop in the Philadelphia area that includes three weeks of in-person academic lectures prior to conducting the dives. 

A maximum of four (4) students are permitted in the academic portion of the class. However, dive weekends are limited to just two (2) students so that our instructors can provide individualized coaching and feedback to each student--something that is not possible when a large group dives all at once.  

By enrolling in this course, you agree to (1) attend the in-person academic lectures on the dates/times listed below, and then (2) you will choose your preferred weekend for your dives on a first come/first served basis. 

Students should have proof of at least two open water dives in the 12 months prior to the course. If a student does not meet this requirement, you will be required to take a Refresher Class prior to conducting the advanced dives. 


If you’ve taken your Open Water Scuba Diver course and are now ready to expand your knowledge but would like to see what is out there first, then the SDI Advanced Adventure Diver course is for you! The SDI Advanced Adventure course will give you an overview of five different SDI specialties. Your dives will include Deep, Night, and Navigation. The remaining specialty dives may include - based on conditions - any of the following: 

  • Advanced Buoyancy Control
  • Altitude Diver
  • Boat Diver
  • Computer Nitrox Diver
  • Drift Diver
  • Marine Ecosystem Awareness
  • Many more!

Who this course is for:

  • Any certified open water scuba diver who wishes to expand their diver knowledge and skill set
  • Any certified open water scuba diver who would like to advance in dive training
  • Any certified open water scuba diver who would like to experience an introduction to SDI specialties

Course Prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 18, 10 with parental consent
  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent, SDI Junior Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent*

*Note: Junior divers (10-15) can only take specialties approved for their age

Limits for Junior Divers: Maximum depth for divers 10-15 is 21 metres/70 feet

What you can expect to learn:

  • An overview of the SDI Deep Diver, SDI Night Diver, and SDI Navigation Diver specialties
  • Basic insight to three other specialties as an introduction to that specific area in diving

Some of the in-water skills include:

  • Successfully perform skills listed for dive one of the three chosen specialties as well as both core specialties
    • Deep Diver open water dive
      • Test and check all equipment
      • Familiarization with dive site
      • Descend to planned depth, do not exceed any pre-planned limits
      • Dive according to plan at a depth limited to 30 metres/ 100 feet
        Divers between the age of 10 and 15 cannot exceed 21 metres/70 feet
      • Ascend to safety stop
      • Exit and log dive
    • Navigation open water dive
      • Establish a reference point, plan dive, and enter water from shore/boat
      • Practice out and back technique on surface
      • Squares and triangles on surface
      • Perform a square on the bottom
      • Perform a triangle on the bottom
      • Ascend to safety stop
      • Exit and log dive

What’s in it for you?

  • An opportunity to experience several SDI specialties
  • Continue diver education, skills, and knowledge
  • Ability to enroll in and complete selected specialties
  • After successful completion, ability to enroll in the SDI Rescue Diver course

SDI Advanced Adventure Diver minimum requirements:

  • Satisfactorily complete the appropriate SDI Advanced Adventure Diver Knowledge Quests with a passing score of 80%, followed by 100% remediation by the Instructor
  • Complete all course requirements efficiently
  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution

You must own the following pieces of equipment:

  • M/F/S (Mask / Fins / Snorkel) 
  • Booties
  • Primary Light
  • Tank Marker
  • Finger Spool
  • SMB
  • Writing Slate/Wet Notes 

Included in your class fee: 

  • e-Learning
  • In-Class Academics
  • 1-1 dives with an UWW instructor 
  • All other equipment
    • Wetsuit
    • BCD 
    • Tanks
    • Weights 

Instructors: Adam Figueira & Others

Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details:
Requirements: Open Water Certification
Instructor: See Course Description
Includes 3 nights of lectures at Underwater World and 2 dive days (6 dives) at Lake Allure.

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.