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 course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives.
There are two required dives – Deep Dive and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three, for a total of five dives.
During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving. The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time.
If you’re already an Adventure Diver, you only need to complete two more Adventure Dives to earn the Advanced Open Water Diver certification.
PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old are ready to step up and enroll in an Advanced Open Water Diver course. Young divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives – check with us.
- Get credit! Each Adventure Dive may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver Course. If you’ve already taken a specialty diver course, ask us if you’ve earned credit for an Adventure Dive.
The Advanced Open Water Diver course consists of 2 parts:
- Knowledge Development
You self-study the relevant chapters in the Advanced Open Water Diver manual and complete the knowledge reviews.
- Open Water Dives
The minimum course duration is 2 days.
Beside the mandatory Deep and Navigation Adventure Dives, we recommend Peak Performance Buoyancy, Nitrox and Wreck for the other three Adventure Dives.