PADI Advanced Open Water 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. You can enroll right after you get your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The Advanced Open Water course helps build confidence and expand your scuba diving skills through different Adventure/Specialty Dives . You will try different specialties while gaining priceless in-water experience with one of our instructors. You'll have fun as you log new adventure dives and refine your scuba diving capabilities.
Who should take this course?
- PADI Open Water Divers who are ready to take their scuba diving adventures to the next level.
- Must be at least 12 years old. Young divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives (please call for more details).
What is the schedule?
The course includes both classroom/knowledge review and in-water training and typically takes 2-3 days to complete:
- Class can be completed in just one weekend (depending on Adventure Dives chosen)
- You and your instructor will choose which Adventure Dives you wish to complete and will determine if an alternate schedule needs to be set to accomplish those dives.
What will you learn?
You will do five adventure dives...three of your choice and two PADI required adventure dives (Deep and Underwater Navigation).
- As you do the Deep Adventure Dive, you will learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving. Deep diving typically takes place at depths anywhere from 60-100 feet (18-30 meters)
- The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you navigate better through using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time.
- The other knowledge and skills you will obtain vary based upon the three adventure dives you choose. There are numerous options to choose from, such as photography, buoyancy control, fish identification, exploring wrecks and more.
What scuba gear will you use?
Beyond using basic scuba equipment (BCD, regulator/gauges) and snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel, fins), you will also use specialized gear depending on which Adventure Dives you choose. For example, you would use or a line and reel for wreck diving, a dive light for night diving, or a lift bag for search and recovery diving.