Advanced Diver

Take your diving to the next level.  The Advanced Diver course is a natural extension to your initial Open Water Diver training and really focuses on the skills necessary to make you a better diver.  


Course Outline

The Advanced Diver course comprises five dives, each teaching a particular skill set.  There are two mandatory dives; Deep Diver and Underwater Navigation, and three elective dives.  In line with Capital Scuba's approach to providing "Personalised Dive Training", when you book onto the course we will discuss which three elective dives to include on your Advanced Diver course.  

Deep Dive (Mandatory)

The Deep Dive focuses on deep dive planning and the effects of diving deeper than 18m, the limit you were trained to on your Open Water Diver course.  The Deep dive will you teach you the risks associated with deep diving and how to manage them. You will also plan and dive to 30m (under 15 years old are limited to 21m).  On completion, you will be certified to dive to a maximum depth of 30m (under 15 years old - 21m).  This increased depth limit will significantly expand your options of dive sites.

Underwater Navigation (Mandatory)

The fear of getting lost underwater is quite common.  The Navigation Dive will build on the navigation skills you started in your Open Water Diver course.  This will involve more use of a compass, different distance estimation techniques, and an emphasis on natural navigation.


There are a number of dive options for the remaining three elective dives for the Advanced Diver course.  The list below are the most popular options, however if there is a particular skill that you would like to include, talk to us and we will look at what other options may be available.

Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB)

Buoyancy control is the core skill of a good diver.  At Capital Scuba, we strongly encourage our Advanced Diver students to include this dive in their course. In fact, we schedule PPB as the first dive of the weekend so that we can reinforce your newly attained buoyancy skills over the rest of the weekend, and make buoyancy control become second nature.  The course involves emphasis on weighting and the positioning of your weights to get your trim correct.  We spend time mastering hovering and buoyancy control, and then we use these skills to swim through an obstacle course of underwater hoops set at different heights.  Real core skill learning and fun.  

Night Diver

Diving at night provides unique experiences and the opportunity to see the different marine creatures that hide away during the day.  We will guide you through the experience and teach you skills required to dive at night.

Digital Underwater Imaging

The use of underwater cameras is now much more common and affordable.  The Digital Underwater Imaging dive was recently introduced as an elective for the Advanced Diver course to provide divers an introduction to the use of underwater cameras.  In this course, you will learn the basics of underwater photography theory, and put that into practice using Capital Scuba's Olympus and Go-Pro cameras.  You will experience shooting wide angle and macro photographs and make HD videos.  And as a bonus, you will get to take your photos and memories home.

Search and Recovery

Have you ever dropped something underwater and lost it forever?  We can't guarantee that you will always find it, but we will give you some skills in effective underwater searches that will help you next time.  You will also learn how to use lift bags to bring heavy objects to the surface.  Learn real life underwater skills whilst having fun. 

Underwater Naturalist

There is so much to see underwater that enhances your underwater experience.  The Underwater Naturalist dive will provide you an insight to the underwater environment.  You will learn what to look for, how and where to look, and what it is that you have seen.  And as a bonus, we usually conduct this dive at Montague Island where you get to dive with the Australian Fur Seals.

Drift Diver

Diving in strong currents can provide a great experience and be safe if you are trained correctly.  The Drift Dive provides an introduction to this type of diving.  You will plan and execute a dive in a strong current and experience the ride.  You will use your buoyancy control skills and maintain buddy contact, whilst avoiding contact with aquatic life and the bottom.

Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB)

You would have been introduced to the use of Surface Marker Buoys on your Open Water Diver course, and learnt their safety advantages.  This course will teach you how to launch a Surface Market Buoy from underwater, typically whilst you are doing your safety stop.  This provides you additional safety from passing boats and also allows your boat crew to see where you are so that can position to pick you up.  Sound easy, but there are real skills required to do this safely.

The Advanced Diver is a pre-requisite to attaining the     Rescue Diver  rating.

Course Program

Introduction Evening (Tuesday evening for 2 hrs)

  • Complete course documentation

  • Provided with your Advanced Diver course manual

  • View the Advanced Diver video

  • Sizing of scuba dive equipment

  • Overview of self study requirements

Self-Study Theory (in your own time, before the weekend)

  • Complete 5 Knowledge Reviews (KR's), one for each of the dives in the course.

Theory (prior to each of the dives)

  • Review your self-study KR's with the instructor


Day 1 (Saturday)

  • Drive down to the coast - leave Canberra at 7:30AM

  • Dive 1 (Elective, usually Peak Performance Buoyancy), Dive 2 (Underwater Navigation) and Dive 3 (Elective)

  • Overnight stay in Narooma

Day 2 (Sunday)

  • Boat trip to Montague Island

  • Dive 4 (Deep Diver) and Dive 5 (Elective)

  • Return to Canberra by approx 5:00PM

What's Included

  • Advanced Diver Course manual

  • Advanced Diver training slate

  • Advanced Diver Certification card

  • 5 Dives - 3 Shore and 2 Boat

  • All dive gear for use throughout the course

    • wetsuit

    • boots

    • hood

    • gloves

    • Buoyancy Control Device (BCD - Dive Buoyancy Jacket)

    • regulator set

    • dive computer

    • weight belt

    • fins

    • air cylinders

    • Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB) and reel

    • mask and snorkel

    • Torch and cylume sticks (Night dive)

    • Olympus Compact and Go-Pro cameras (Underwater Digital Imagery dive)

  • Morning tea between dives whilst at the coast

  • Towels for use at the coast (Private Course Only)

  • Transport to and from the coast (Private Course only)

  • Share accommodation at Narooma Motel (bed linen and towels included)

  • Guaranteed processing of your certification within 48 hours of completing all course requirements


Standard Course


  • Class sizes are a minimum of 2 and maximum of 6 students

Private Course


  • 1 on 1 with the instructor, or bring a "buddy" (maximum of 2 students)

  • Transport to and from the coast


Include transport to/from the coast for the standard course. $15

# refer to the Booking, Cancellation and Refund Policy

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