Advanced Open Water Diver: Maui – FILIPOKIE
Advanced Open Water Diver: Maui

Advanced Open Water Diver: Maui

In October I was lucky enough to have enough time to get my Advanced Open Water Diver certification in Lahaina on the island of Maui! I was out there for the week for a Structural Engineering convention with my dad and boyfriend, and since I didn’t have a car to go sightseeing around the island, I decided to get another scuba diving certification.

One day maybe I’ll get my Dive Master license, and in order to get there you start out with your regular Open Water Diver certification, then get your Advanced Open Water Diver Certification, then Rescue Diver, and finally Dive Master. The advanced certification was done over two days and consisted of five dives. I was fortunate enough to have a great instructor and dive shop to help me get everything done a relatively decent price (6 shore dives with all equipment, textbook, and instructor included for $300).

Dive #1: Drift Dive. The area was called “Black Rock” near the Sheraton Hotel in Lahaina, where we jumped in the water and floated down with the current and got to see a huge school of fish. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of diving around Hawaii because most of the reefs are pretty dead, but it was still great getting to dive in warm waters.

Dive #2: Wreck Dive. We headed down the road about ten minutes to Nala Pier in Lahaina, which is technically considered a wreck. On the surface it looks like an old, falling apart pier but under the surface there’s all sorts of obstacles and life growing. We even saw five sand sharks lurking along the bottom.

Dive #3: Fish ID. The last dive of Day 1, we went back up the road a little past Black Rock to Airport Beach, which was a great reef with a considerable amount of life. I had to identify five different types of fish, vertebrae, and marine plants after the dive and I had the help of a book that had all the different types of life native to Hawaii.

Dive #4: Deep Dive. The second day was pretty quick since I only had two dives and they were both at Airport Beach. For this dive I had to dive deeper than 60 feet for at least 10 minutes and observe how much light disappears that far below the ocean. We planned to go down to 80 feet but we got caught in a rip current and had to call it at 65 feet.

Dive #5: Navigation. For the last dive I had to use my compass to navigate around. The task was to kick ten times North, then East, then South, and finally West, essentially making a giant box. A special moment was getting to see a giant Hawksbill Sea Turtle, an endangered species, and a majestic Spotted Eagle Ray.

And now I’m a certified Advanced Open Water Diver! Rescue Diver certification next!



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