Advanced Open Water Diver

During the Advanced Open Water (AOW) course we will build on the basic skills you learned in your Open Water Diver course.  You will learn to start thinking like a diver and have the opportunity to experience more advanced dives under the supervision of an instructor.  The AOW course consists of a confined water evaluation and skill practice as well as five open water Adventure Dives.  At Bucket List Diving we have three core dives and 2 electives. 

Navigation (Core)

You will learn basic navigation techniques using both the compass and natural navigation.  Being able to navigate is a key skill all divers should have to enrich their diving experience and become more confident and safer divers.

Deep (Core)

You'll have to opportunity to experience the excitement and beauty deeper dives have to offer.  Having had the experience under the direct supervision of your instructor you will have the confidence to visit deeper dive sites with a qualified buddy.

Night (Core)

Night diving opens up a whole new world of diving.  Sites that you have dove many times in the daytime become completely new at night.  You'll learn how to plan a night dive, equipment needed, and how to communicate.  


There are several elective adventure dives to choose from for your two electives:

  • Underwater Naturalist

  • Peak Performance buoyancy

  • Underwater Digital Imaging

  • Drift Diving

  • Fish Identification


Rescue Diver

Learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver. It's challenging, yet very rewarding.

COnfined water training

We will practice all the rescue and problem solving skills in the pool.  Once we complete our practice in the pool we will don our wetsuits and head to the beach (about 100 yards from the shop) and practice different ways to get divers out of the water.  

Open Water Training

Open water training usually takes place on one of our local boats out to Catalina Island.  This is not a typical day of 3 dives.  We will be conducting our rescue scenarios and skills during dives and surface intervals.  The pace of training is fast and meant to mimic the conditions of actual rescue situations.