Prerequisites:      Open Water Scuba Diver Certification


Instructor(s):                Robert Cooper, M.Ed., M.S.D.T.                                                                    

                                  Rec. Ed. Office, Norris Center                                                                    

                                  906-635-2367 or 705-945-8165                                                                    


Office Hours:  By appointment, or








1:30 – 2:00

4:00 – 4:30


1:30 – 2:00

4:00 – 3:30



Required Texts:            Adventures in Diving Diver Pack


Recommended Text:  Subscription to Dive Training Magazine (Free)


Other Requirements: 

1.     Students must be in good health.  Students may be asked for clearance from a medical doctor before being allowed in the pool. 

2.     Students must be certified scuba divers before the start of the course.

3.     A passport or enhanced driver’s licence is required for entry into Canada.

4.     Personal mask, fins, snorkel, and boots are required.  Students are encouraged to bring their own equipment, especially their own wetsuit.


1.     All dives will be conducted in and around Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

2.     All dives will be conducted during the weekends.

3.     Dives may be postponed due to unsafe weather conditions.

4.     Students who have not dived within the past 12 months will be required to participate in a skills refresher in the pool or at the dive site.

Lab Fee:  $200.00

Course Description:  This course is composed of five (5) specialty dives, designed to equip the student to dive safely at an advanced level.  These dives include a compulsory Night Dive, Underwater Navigation Dive, and Deep Dive.  Other dives may be selected according to the student’s interest, and include such options as Underwater Videographer, Photographer, Boat Diver, Dry Suit Diver, Enriched Air, Underwater Naturalist, and many more.


Course Goals:  This course is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge required of a safe and competent Advanced Open Water Diver.  Students who successfully complete this course will earn a P.A.D.I. Advanced Open Water Diver Certificate.






Course Objectives: At the conclusion of RECA100, a student will be able to plan and safely execute the following dives:

1.   A deep dive (over 60 feet),

2.   An underwater navigation dive,

3.   A night dive,

4.   A wreck dive,

5.   A drift dive.


            Grading Scale and Policies:


This course is performance based. 


Percentage Values:

·         Knowledge Reviews      5 at 5%   =        25%

·         Training Dives               5 at 75% =        75%



Grading Scale:

                        98-100             A+                               70-73               C

                        94-97               A                                 66-69               C-

90-93               A-                                62-65               D+

86-89               B+                               58-61               D

82-85               B                                 54-57               D-

78-81               B-                                0-53                 F

74-77               C+



Ground Rules:


1.     Assignments, including readings and knowledge reviews, should be prepared before the class periods in which they are to be collected and discussed.  Because homework assignments, as evidenced by your completion of the Knowledge Reviews that will always be collected at the start of the class, are part of each class teaching session, it is imperative that they be completed before class.  A penalty of 50% per day will be assessed on late assignments.  Students may not proceed to the pool session until the assignment for that week has been handed in. Late assignments will not be accepted except for legitimate pre-approved reasons as determined by the instructor.  Examples of legitimate reasons are:  severe illness, death in family, etc.

2.     Students are expected to perform all assigned work themselves.  Any form of cheating or plagiarism will be handled in accordance with the Honor Code Procedures.  Violations of the Honor Code may result in an F for the course grade.

3.     Attend all classroom sessions.

4.     Ask questions if you do not understand something.

5.     Follow all direction in the pool and open water sessions and conduct yourself in a safe manner in and around all water.


University Policies and Statements:


The Americans with Disabilities Act & Accommodations

In compliance with Lake Superior State University policies and equal access laws, disability-related accommodations or services are available to students with documented disabilities.


If you are a student with a disability and you think you may require accommodations you must register with Disability Services (DS), which is located in the KJS Library, Room 130, (906) 635-2355 or x2355 on campus.  DS will provide you with a letter of confirmation of your verified disability and authorize recommended accommodations.  This authorization must be presented to your instructor before any accommodations can be made.


Students who desire such services should meet with instructors in a timely manner, preferably during the first week of class, to discuss individual disability related needs. Any student who feels that an accommodation is needed – based on the impact of a disability – should meet with instructors privately to discuss specific needs.


IPASS (Individual Plan for Academic Student Success)

If at mid-term your grades reflect that you are at risk for failing some or all of your classes, you will be contacted by a representative of IPASS. The IPASS program is designed to help you gain control over your learning through pro-active communication and goal-setting, the development of intentional learning skills and study habits, and personal accountability. You may contact 635-2887 or email if you would like to sign up early in the semester or if you have any questions or concerns.



Course Outline


          Note:  Locations


          September 8  -  Pte. Aux Pins, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

          September 15 – Mamainse Point, Lake Superior  (north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario)


                Please note that this schedule is subject to change as a result of weather conditions and availability.







Date   M/D


Reading Assignment

Assignment Due

Session 1




Introduction:  Classroom and assignments, equipment.



Lecture 1




Drift Dive Instruction            


Knowledge Review 1

Dive 1




Drift Dive Performance



Lecture 2




Wreck Dive Instruction


Knowledge Review 2

Dive 2




Wreck Dive Performance



Lecture 3




Night Dive Instruction


Knowledge Review 3

Dive 3




Night Dive Performance



Lecture 4




Deep Dive Instruction


Knowledge Review 4

Dive 4




Deep Dive Performance



Lecture 5




Underwater Navigation Dive Instruction


Knowledge Review 5

Pool 5





Underwater Navigation Dive Performance