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Advanced Open Water Diver course

Exploration, Excitement, Experiences

That’s what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. You don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification.


The Advanced Open Water Diver course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives.

You try out different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.

This course builds on what you've learned and develops new skills and gets you acquainted with new activities and new ways to dive. You sharpen your skills by making five Adventure dives that introduce you to:
  • Underwater Navigation Adventure
  • Deep Diving Adventure (typically between 18 and 30 meters)
  • Three other Adventure dives of your choice
Why is it fun? The choice is yours..

One of the reasons that the Advanced Open Water Diver course is fun is that you and your instructor make the choice out of 15 different adventure dives to complete your course– for instance Boat Diving, Night Diving, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Naturalist and Wreck Adventure Dives

What you will learn

 The knowledge and skills you learn in the Advanced Open Water Diver course depend on your interests and the adventures that you experience, but the course always includes:
  • Practical aspects of deep diving
  • Physiological aspects of deep diving
  • More ways to use your underwater compass
  • Compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time.
  • How to improve the use of your dive computer and electronic Recreational Dive Planner (eRDPTM).
  • And much, much more, depending on the Adventure Dives you choose.
The Scuba Gear you use

You use all your basic equipment, including your underwater compass. Depending on which three adventure dives you pick, you might also try underwater photography equipment, underwater scooters, a dive light, a dry suit, lift bags, a dive flag / float or other specialty equipment.

The learning materials you need

The Adventures in Diving Manual and DVD provide information on more than sixteen types of dive specialties. You use them as a guide to improve your diving skills and to prepare for new experiences and adventures.

Curious about night diving? Read the section on night dives... If you master the skills, your instructor will guide you on your first night diving adventure.

Who should take this course

To enrol in this course you:
  • Must be a PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • 15 years old, or older (12 years for a Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)