I’m Certified to Dive, So Why Bother Taking More Courses?


You took the time and spent the money to earn your Open Water Certification, so now you’re ready to take a dive trip! Or maybe you earned your OW years ago, and feel you’ve done okay on the occasional dives you’ve done so far.

So why bother spending more time and money taking an Advanced Open Water course?

If you can answer “No” to any of the following statements (come on, be honest!), you might want to consider taking another course or two:

  1. I can safely gear up and do a “backward roll” and a “giant stride” off a boat.
  1. I’m comfortable diving in low light conditions, such as overcast skies, rain, dusk, dawn, and even at night.
  1. If the visibility was bad, I would be able to determine which direction I was heading if I was separated from my group; I could likely find shore or the boat.
  1. I feel comfortable diving deeper than 60’ or I’d know what to do if I found myself deeper than 75’.
  1. Buoyancy is not a problem for me, even when I’m wearing different gear or in different conditions.
  1. If I found myself on a dive trip in a resort destination and the divemasters appeared to be a little indifferent, I could rely on myself and my buddy if they weren’t paying attention and something went awry.
  1. I can operate an underwater camera while monitoring my depth, location and proximity of my buddy (assuming you have an underwater camera).
  1. I feel comfortable on a drift dive, where I enter in one location and exit another in a strong current.
  1. I rarely have to do long surface swims and can ascend close to my destination.
  1. I can usually dive wreck dives, even if they are 100’ down.

First, having the knowledge and ability to feel comfortable swimming and breathing underwater is pretty amazing in and of itself. However, wouldn’t it be awesome to answer “Yes” to the most or all of the questions above? Why not take your diving knowledge and comfort to the next level — hone the skills you’ve learned and add new ones?

Here are just a few advantages of taking an Advanced Open Water course.


  • Gain the knowledge and confidence to do night, wreck and drift dives.
  • Reduce anxiety, which conserves air and enables you to enjoy longer dives.
  • Learn navigation skills and how to avoid long surface swims.
  • Learn how to safely exit and enter a boat with your gear.
  • Be a safer diver for yourself and your buddy if something goes wrong.
  • Explore fun activities such as underwater photography and diver propulsion vehicles!

Scuba Toys offers Advanced Open Water and other courses regularly all year around. Call us at 877-728-2243 or click to visit us online to learn more or sign up for a class today!

Have you taken more courses than Open Water 1? Let us know in the comments below!

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I’m Certified to Dive, So Why Bother Taking More Courses?
If you're already certified, you might wonder why you should take more scuba diving courses. Read on to learn how you can benefit from more instruction.

5 responses to “I’m Certified to Dive, So Why Bother Taking More Courses?”

  1. Joshue Lozano says:

    I took a rescue and OW II course, and I’m glad I did. My dive buddy started having panic attacks and problems at 85′ and almost passed out, I was able to get him to the surface safely, due to what I learned in rescue – not sure I would have known what to do if I hadn’t taken that course.

  2. Kiera Ralston says:

    I took OW 1 & 2 a long time ago and thought I was good, but then when I got my kids in scuba classes, I decided to take a rescue course so I’d be better prepared if something happened while diving with them.

  3. Diana says:

    I’ve taken an advanced course and feel it was very beneficial. I might not use some of the material on a regular basis, but it’s always great to be prepared for different scenarios.

  4. Karen Reed says:

    I haven’t taken and advanced OW course yet, but am interested in doing so. Thanks for the valuable information.

  5. Baily says:

    I’ve taken one and it has enhanced my confidence. I’d recommend doing it.

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