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Course Schedule

SPTREC 289-113, Course 20647

See the following for additional information about this class:

To Sign Up: See PAWS for course SPTREC 289–113 (Course 20647).

Important: This course follows the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver curriculum. All portions of the course must be in compliance with PADI standards. Variations in the way the course is conducted may not be possible.

Prerequisites for Training

All divers participating in the Advanced Open Water program must:

  • Have a PADI Open Water Diver certification or a qualifying certification from another agency
  • Have documented proof of having done an open water dive within the last 3 months OR
  • Have taken the PADI Scuba Review course within the last 4 weeks

Required Training Materials

  • PADI Advanced Open Water eLearning Touch program
  • PADI Advanced Diving Education Log or current PADI Logbook

Required Equipment for Adventure Diver Program

For all dives, students must have a mask, fins, snorkel, appropriate exposure protection, dive knife/tool, scuba tank, buoyancy control device with low-pressure inflator, weight system, regulator, alternate air source, submersible pressure gauge, depth gauge, timing device and/or dive computer, compass and Recreational Dive Planner or dive computer, and signaling device. For the Night Dive, student divers must each have an underwater light and whistle. In addition, all students must have an underwater slate and writing instrument on each dive.

*Important: PADI instructors have the right to deny any student diver the right to participate in an Adventure Dive if that student does not have proper scuba equipment. UWM students are provided the standard scuba kit package at Aquatic Adventures for one weekend (value ~$75). Standard rental rates apply for any required equipment not provided in this package. Required equipment that is not in the standard rental package includes mask, snorkel, fins, books, hood, gloves, diver tool, signaling device, and slate.

Requirements for Certification

Thursday, September 5, 6:30 p.m. - 8:20 p.m.

Aquatic Adventures, Inc. Orientation and class summary. Pick up books and complete paperwork. View course video.

Thursday, September 12

No class. Students should work on completing the PADI Advanced Open Water eLearning training program. Online training must be completed no later than Thursday, September 19 at 6 p.m. Complete the following:

  • Thinking Like a Diver
  • Underwater Navigation
  • Deep Diving
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Boat Diving
  • Wreck Diving
  • Search & Recovery

Thursday, September 19, 6:00 p.m. - 8:20 p.m.

Aquatic Adventures, Inc. Discuss knowledge reviews for Wreck, Navigation, Search and Recovery, Boat, Deep and Peak Performance Buoyancy diving.

Friday, September 20, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Pick up gear for open water training.

Saturday, September 21, 7:30 a.m. (South Beloit, IL)

Pearl Lake. South Beloit, IL. Approximate travel time from downtown Milwaukee is 1 hour and 15 minutes. A $20 entry fee will be collected each day by Pearl Lake Club.

Complete the following 3 dives: Peak Performance Buoyancy, Navigation Dive, Deep Dive.

Sunday, September 22, 7:30 a.m. (Milwaukee)

Lake Michigan. Wreck Dive and Boat Dive.

UWM RENTAL POLICY: Students will be issued life support equipment for open water dives. There is no charge for using this equipment provided the student completes all dives in one weekend. Normal rental fees will apply to any additional days needed to complete certification. All rented equipment may be used only by the student it is issued to and only for purposes of scuba training in this course. Use for any other purpose is strictly prohibited. Any student found in violation of this policy will be expelled from class and all course fees will be forfeited.

During the time of rental, students are responsible for the proper care of the rented gear as outlined in the PADI Open Water Diver manual. Students will be charged for any damage to equipment that is the result of negligence, including exposure to heat or cold. Students will also be charged for the return of equipment that has not been properly rinsed following open water training.

All rental equipment is due back to Aquatic Adventures, Inc. by 4:00 p.m. following the conclusion of open water training. Students who pick up equipment and then fail to show up for open water training must return their gear by 4:00 p.m. on the next day. Any student who fails to return gear at the appropriate time will be charged the standard rental charge for each day the equipment is late. No certifications or university grades will be issued to students who fail to return their gear or have outstanding balances with Aquatic Adventures, Inc. that are the result of late returns or damage due to negligence. Equipment that is not returned within 3 business days of the return date will be considered stolen and will be reported to the appropriate authorities.

UWM POLICIES AND FEES: All University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee students are required to familiarize themselves with the schedules, policies, and fees associated with scuba training by reading through the material provided here. Aquatic Adventures will not be responsible for any inconveniences or issues arising from students claiming to be unfamiliar with the material provided for their benefit on this website.