Gain the in-depth knowledge that will establish you
as a recognized authority in your diving club or group. Hone your
diving skills to the level of a professional Leader. Thrill to the
adventure of open water dives in settings that will test your abilities
to their limit while enhancing and expanding your diving capabilities.
Then proudly wear the most coveted and respected patch in recreational
diving - that of the Master Scuba Diver.
The course is an continuing education certification
course for divers who wish to increase their understanding and enjoyment
of diving. Emphasis is on student participation and practical application
of knowledge in open water after a classroom discussion of subjects.
This course is an excellent progression toward Leadership roles.
Some subject areas are a review and expansion of material from
previous courses. Each subject area is a progression in study not
a definitive study in the particular diving activity. However, instructors
will specify performance objectives for related course diving activities,
for example, during a navigation dive the student will swim a reciprocal
course to within 10 feet (3 m) of its origin.
The course may be divided and taught in sections with the student’s
Diving/Training Log being signed off for each activity until all
requirements are met.
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
OPEN WATER DIVES
A minimum of eight open water dives is required. A
maximum of three dives per day shall be applied toward course requirements.
No more than one skin dive may count toward the eight dive minimum.
Emergency procedures and rescue
Deep/simulated decompression diving
Limited visibility or night diving
Search and recovery – light salvage
Review of basic scuba skills
Environmental study or survey
Air consumption (practical application)
Hunting and collecting
PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE
Age. Minimum is 15 years.
Diver Certification advanced certification or the equivalent is
required. The instructor is to ensure adequate student knowledge
and capability before any open water training and shall use skill
or other evaluations to do so.
Equipment. Students shall furnish and be responsible for the care
and maintenance of their own diving equipment. The instructor shall
initially assist the student in checking all student gear to insure
it is adequate and in proper working order.
The above course description is general in term. There will be variations
on the course depending on certification agency.