PADI Advanced Open Water
Exploration. Excitement. Experiences. They’re what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. And no, you don’t have to be “advanced” to take it - it’s designed so you can go straight into it after the PADI Open Water Diver course.
The Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water.
This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.
This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun while scuba diving.
You’ll hone your skills by completing five adventure dives that introduce you to:
- Underwater navigation
- Deeper water diving (typically anywhere from 18-30 metres/60-100 feet)
- And three more Adventure Dives of your choice!
Options to enhance your course
On your Advanced Open Water Diver course you and your instructor will choose from 15 types of Adventure Dives to complete on your course. You can try your hand at digital underwater photography, wreck diving, peak performance buoyancy and much more.
Get credit! Each Adventure Dive in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Speciality Diver course.
To take this course, you must be:
- A PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organisation)
- At least 15 years old (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)
- Start the Advanced Open Water Diver Course Online
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is part of PADI eLearning®.
The Advanced Open Water Diver Course Online gets you started right now with the background information you need for seven of the most popular Adventure Dives (though you and your instructor can still choose any of the Adventure Dives.)
What you learn
The knowledge and skills you get in the Advanced Open Water Diver course will vary with your interest and the adventures you have, but will include:
- Practical aspects of deep diving
- Physiological effects of deeper scuba diving
- More ways to use your underwater compass
- How to navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time
- How to better use your dive computer and electronic Recreational Dive PlannerTM (eRDPTM)
- And much, much more depending on the Adventure Dives you choose!
The scuba gear you use
You'll use all the basic scuba gear, including your underwater compass. Depending on which three adventure dives you pick, you may also try out underwater photography equipment, DPVs (underwater scooters), a dive light, a dry suit, lift bags, a dive flag/float or other speciality gear.
The learning materials you need
PADI’s Adventures in Diving Manual and DVD provide information on more than 16 types of speciality diving. You’ll use them as a guidebook to improve your diving skills and prepare for new experiences and adventures.
Curious about night diving? Flip to the night diving chapter. Once you’ve previewed the skills, your instructor will guide you on your first night diving adventure.
Having trouble with underwater navigation? Review the underwater navigation section then sign up for the Navigation Adventure Dive with your PADI Instructor.