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 of training.
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.