Once the techniques of how to stow and use the advanced diving equipment are introduced and practiced in the pool sessions, the PADI Advanced Course progresses to the next stage, which involves six ocean dives. During these ocean dives, divers who are enrolled in the program are required to execute their roles as part of a diving team. Here's a breakdown of how this typically works:
Application of Skills: During the ocean dives, divers put into practice what they learned in the pool sessions. This includes using the backplate and wing configuration, the long hose regulator, the deployable surface marker buoy, and the dive light in real diving scenarios.
Diving in a Team: Scuba diving is often a team sport, and in the Advanced Course, students learn the importance of effective teamwork underwater. They are usually grouped into dive teams, each with a specific role and responsibility.
Communication and Coordination: Clear communication is crucial in a diving team. Divers learn how to effectively communicate with hand signals, ensuring everyone is aware of the plan, their roles, and any potential issues that may arise during the dive.
Problem-Solving and Adaptation: The ocean dives provide an opportunity for divers to encounter real-world situations and challenges. They learn how to adapt to different underwater conditions, manage potential problems, and work together to ensure a safe and enjoyable diving experience.
Experience Different Dive Sites: The six ocean dives often take place in various locations with diverse underwater landscapes, marine life, and conditions. This exposure helps divers become more versatile and confident in their diving abilities.