Advanced Open water Diver West Miami

The Adventures in Diving program lets you try diving in different environments, teaches you new abilities underwater and increases your confidence in the West Miami waters. Get your license here in Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center and make the most of your vacation in West Miami, South Florida

The Advanced course consists of 6 adventure dives. 2 of them are compulsory: Underwater Navigation and Deep Dive. As it’s a very important skill for us, Tarpoon Dive Center has made Peak Performance Buoyancy mandatory as well. We will help you to choose the remaining 2 adventure dives according to your personal interests and preferences. There are no quizzes or exams. Just a chapter to read and a briefing of your instructor before going underwater! Save time by studying online, and then complete your dives when you arrive in West Miami.

The PADI Advanced Open Water theory: 

Before diving a briefing...

Each dive has a chapter dedicated to it in the Advanced manual. In order to prepare for each dive, you will independently study the chapter in question plus complete the related exercises in the knowledge review section.

Deep Dive and Navigation are compulsory dives. Since neutral buoyancy is one of the most important skills of a scuba diver, we also made Peak Performance Buoyancy mandatory. For the two remaining adventure dives, you may choose from a number of options based on your personal interests and preferences. We recommend that you try exciting options such as Night Dive, Search & Recovery, Digital Underwater Photography, Fish Identification, Drift Dive or Nitrox.

What you’ll learn: All dives start with a thorough briefing when your instructor states the objective of the dive, skills you will practice and procedures you will do. What follows depends on the adventure dive chosen, but usually it involves underwater exercises and exploration.

Deep Dive: Practical aspects of deep diving and the physiological effects of deeper scuba diving

Peak Performance Buoyancy: Buoyancy and streamlining techniques

Navigation: How to navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time

Enriched Air: How to get more dive time by using Enriched Air Nitrox How to analyze Enriched Air

Drift Dive: How to use your drift diving equipment and how to deal with of aquatic currents

Night Dive: Practical aspects of night diving and the different uses of your flash light

Tarpoon lagoon also offers: AWARE – Fish identification; Boat; Search and Recovery; Underwater Naturalist. If you have any question...

(305) 532-1445

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Equipment needed:

Choosing and using your scuba gear is part of the fun of diving. In Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center we will help you find the right gear. Each piece of scuba equipment has a different function so that together, it adapts you to the underwater world.

For Advanced Course as a minimum, you'll want your own:

These have a personal fit, and Tarpoon Lagoon we will help you choose gear with the best fit and features for you.

Consider investing in all your own scuba equipment when you start your course because:

  • You’re more comfortable learning to scuba dive using gear you’ve chosen.
  • You’re more comfortable using scuba gear fitted for you.
  • Scuba divers who own their scuba diving equipment find it more convenient to go diving.
  • Having your own scuba diving gear is part of the fun of diving.

The kind of gear you’ll need depends on the conditions where you dive most.

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What to expect:

Once you've checked in on the morning of class we will sit back in The Lagoon Lounge for a relaxing review of the materials you've completed, after that will build upon your experience in the beautiful Atlantic Ocean for your Certification dives.

At Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center we strive to provide you with the best experience possible. We make every effort to do all 5 Certification Dives (plus 1 bonus dive) from a Boat in the Ocean! No murky lakes or chilly quarry's unless weather makes it the only option for completion.

We typically perform this course during three, half day excursions. This is most commonly scheduled for Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning & Wednesday Night. Advanced Open Water is flexible and can be tailored to your needs, so please call (305) 532-1445 for any special accommodations.

Personal items to bring:

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Sandals
  • Change clothes
  • Lunch / Money

Everything you'll need is just once price!

Since your instructor will be diving with you for both assistance and safety, all you need to do is enjoy the dive and swim with the fish!


  • How long does a dive last? The answer is «it depends». This question  doesn’t have a single answer. People breathe at different rates and the deeper you go, the more you use your air. The average dive during a discovery lasts about 40 minutes.
  • Can I do only 2 dives? YES. If you choose to go for 2 dives, you’ll simply join our 3 dives trip. Spend your surface interval while snorkeling or sunbathing on the boat.
  • What do I need to bring with me on the excursion? A hat, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, a towel. If you tend to get motion sickness it’s recommended that you take pills. Water is provided.
  • Is lunch included? YES. A local lunch prepared with fresh local ingredients is part of the day. You’ll get snacks  between the dives as well.
  • Can I eat just before a dive? Yes. Actually it is a good idea to eat light before a dive. It’s not really recommended to have a full heavy breakfast. A good one is enough!
  • Can I drink alcohol before diving? No. Alcohol isn’t recommended before dive.
  • How old do you have to be? 10 years old. A minor from 10 till 18 years old will need written consent from parent or guardian to dive with us.
  • Is scuba diving dangerous? Statistics show that recreational Scuba diving is about as safe as swimming.
  • I have done a discovery. Can I dive with qualified divers? No. You can’t dive with certified divers because you’re not qualified. You get a course and obtain your Open Water Diver level.
  • I wear my contact lenses under the mask? Yes Soft lenses can be worn, but we advise not to wear hard or medium hard lenses. Note that you can’t wear glasses under your mask.
  • Can my buddies join as passenger? Yes. You can dive and he/she can come on the boat. It’ll be a nice day as well. Our dive sites are also really enjoyable for snorkeling.
  • I have asthma. Is it possible to dive? If someone has sever chronicle Asthma and have to take different types of medicine to control, it’s highly recommended not to dive.
  • But for some one suffering from common asthma is able to dive.  It is recommended that they bring their medicine with them.
  • How soon can I fly after a dive? For safety reasons, allow 24 hours between your last dive and your flight.
  • I have a cold and a cough can I dive? If the sinuses are not blocked you can dive. If the sinuses are blocked than you will have a problem equalizing the pressure in your ears, than it is recommended not to dive.
  • I am pregnant, can I dive? No. Because physiologists know little about the effects of diving on the fetus, the recommendation is that women avoid diving while pregnant or trying to become pregnant

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