Once comfortable with basics, you are ready to develop new skills, see different creatures, journey into diverse environments and experience new adventures.

Diver Prerequisites

  • Certified as PADI Open Water Diver
  • 10 – 15 years old - dependently on what adventure dive you choose to participate.

Forms

  • Required: Continuing Education Administrative Document (download PDF)
  • Recommended: Adventures in Diving Documentation Worksheet (10090)

OVERVIEW

Ideally, I would recommend to make all the Adventure Dives, however, geographical differences and equipment availability may limit the number of dives we can conduct.

Because the Adventures in Diving manual and video do not include information about enriched air diving, digital underwater photography, AWARE Shark Conservation or sidemount diving, You can gain this knowledge through other means:

  1. PADI Enriched Air Diver Manual and video or PADI - completion of the Knowledge Review included.
  2. Digital Underwater Photographer Manual – complete Knowledge Review Level Two in preparation for participating in Dive Two which will credit as an Adventure Dive.

If time and logistics allow, I will offer the following sessions for the corresponding Adventure Dives:

  • Tie knots and work with lines – Boat Dive, Deep Dive and Search & Recovery Dive
  • Compass use – Underwater Navigation Dive and Search & Recovery Dive
  • Lift bag use – Search & Recovery Dive
  • Buoyancy control obstacle course – Peak Performance Buoyancy Dive
  • Dry suit preparation and use – Dry Suit Dive
  • Underwater light preparation and use – Night Dive
  • Underwater camera preparation and use – Digital Underwater Photography and Underwater Photography Dive
  • Underwater video camera preparation and use – Underwater Videography Dive

SEQUENCING

If conditions and other factors are favorable, we can conduct three Adventure Dives in one day for the Adventure Diver rating. If one of those dives is the Underwater Navigation Dive, Adventure Divers are then eligible to begin the Rescue Diver course.

Scheduling five dives over two days, including the Deep Dive and Underwater Navigation Dive, allows divers to earn the Advanced Open Water Diver certification. You may also choose to schedule various Adventure Dives separately throughout the month.

TECHNIQUE

First I will introduce and demonstrate skills, as appropriate, then You practice until You are comfortable and meet performance requirements.

Deep Adventure Dive

We will conduct the dive between 18-30 meters. The maximum depth for Junior Divers (12-14 years old) is 21 metres. You will have to plan the dive using the Recreational Dive Planner or your personal dive computer, and I will conduct the dive within the limits of your plan. You will help me to prepare the reference lines and hang-out tank. When possible, we will descend and ascend using a reference line as a visual or tactile guide to help with control. I will use a red, orange, pink or yellow object, to demonstrate the color change comparison between the surface and bottom.

Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive

Recommended depth for the this dive is 6-9 metres. I will have set up the 30-metre measured course and other navigation buoys as needed. We will review with you how to hold the compass, take a bearing and reciprocal, operate the bezel, and keep the compass level while swimming. Before getting wet we will practice compass use and navigation patterns by walking through them on shore – straight-line course and its reciprocal, and square pattern. For the distance estimation we will start at one end of the course and swim at a normal relaxed pace to the other end while counting the number of kick cycles it takes to cover the distance. You should record the count.

For natural navigation, I will mark a location approximately 30-90 meters from the starting point with a buoy. Keep track of the distance, note and record significant underwater topographical features to use as references. After reaching the location, return to the starting point – surfacing only if necessary for orientation.

For compass navigation, I will mark a location approximately 30-90 meters from the starting point with a buoy. Take a compass bearing on the buoy at the surface. Keep track of distance. Without surfacing, calculate a reciprocal course and navigate back to the starting point. The performance requirement is to approach the buoy within 6 meters.

For square navigation, swim a predetermined heading for a distance of approximately 30 meters. Based on topography and depth, it’s acceptable to navigate a rectangle pattern. At the end of each leg, turn 90° right for another 30 meters. If after three turns, you are within 8 meters of the starting point, the performance requirement are met.

To heighten the challenge and add some fun, I will provide some incentives for accurate navigation and the most precise divers. Remember about streamlining, correct body positioning and maintaining neutral buoyancy!