An Advanced Open Water Certification (AOW) is an impressive certification for any diver to hold. The Advanced open water certification is awarded to a diver who has completed at least 4 specialty courses and 24 dives. AOW divers represent a large commitment and typically higher skill level in divers. Boat Captains and dive guides are more likely to allow advanced divers onto their boats and will let them on more challenging dives.
While any four specialties will work for an AOW certification we typically recommend completing Deep Diving, Nitrox, Advanced Navigation and Search and Recovery. We suggest these courses because we feel they help to make a well rounded, confident and capable diver. If you wish to substitute any of these courses you can do so for a course of equal or lesser cost. If you have any questions about which courses you can substitute for others please don’t hesitate to give us a call or email the shop.
To find out more about the online signup process click around the tabs to find out more. Remember, if you get stumped or if you have questions that aren’t answered by the website you can always call (617) 277-2216 or shoot us an email at Brookline@ecdivers.com and we’ll do our best to help!
There are a couple of forms that can be done ahead of time. Most important is the medical. Go through the medical now and check to see if you need to answer “YES” to any of the questions. If so no big deal – you’ll just need to get a doctors’ sign-off before we can let you in the pool. The doctors’ note is in the same file as the medical – Just scroll down to the next page. Remember IF you answer “YES” to anything in the medical it is COMPULSORY to get a doctors’ note BEFORE getting in the pool.
The courses will have different locations and meeting times. Any classroom sessions will occur at the shop on our location, Pool sessions will happen at the Walter Brown Arena at 285 Babcock street and the open water sessions will vary depending on weather and time of year. A couple of the popular ones can be found in the directions page.
Private Courses can be set up through the shop directly. Due to the intensive nature of the program and potentially unique requirements, we do not offer Private courses for purchase online. If you do wish to set up a private course we ask that you get in contact with our training director to set up the program and figure out a price that works.
You’ll be doing all of your scheduling through Kim. She will be in contact as soon as you sign up for class to help schedule a session. If you have any questions before signing up feel free to send Kim an email directly at Kim@ecdivers.com