Maybe you have your Open Water certification or you are thinking about getting it and don’t think you want or need to become Advanced Open Water Certified. I want to take a minute to explain why you should. Getting Open Water Certified is great! You now have your C-Card and you can go anywhere in the world and show that you are a certified diver and dive, right? Not exactly. There are dives you may want to go on where the dive outfit that is running the dive may require a minimum of Advanced Open Water. Take reck dives for instance. A lot of Dive Outfits that run wreck dives will require you to be Advanced Open Water Certified.
For many years I wanted to learn to scuba dive but like many other things in life it kept getting pushed off for one reason or another. One of my very best friends had started diving many years ago and seeing his photos and videos always ignited my interest, but I could never seem to fit it into my busy schedule. A number of years later I would meet my wonderful wife who was a certified open water diver and although she was certified and passionate about diving she hadn’t done much diving as life was always getting in the way.