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Exploration - Excitement - Experience
This is what the  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 diving 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 instructor.


What are the requirements?

  • A Open Water Diver  (or qualifying certification from another training organization)

  • 15 years old (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)

  • Have time to complete 5 dives


  • To achieve the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver rating, you need to do 5 Adventure Dives, out of which 2 (Underwater Navigation & Deep Dive) are mandatory. You may choose the other 3 adventure dives based on your interest and options available. The most common choices are: Peak Performance Buoyancy (Awesome for your to master your buoyancy), Search & Recovery , Fish Identification, Wreck, and Night dive.

  • The knowledge development portion of the Advanced Open Water Diver Course consists of multiple choice knowledge reviews of the 5 topics covered. There is no final exam. 

  • On top of those 5 Adventure dives you will do, there is an extra chapter for you to cover called "Thinking like a diver", and practical aspects and physiological aspects of deep diving in which you will learn more about scuba diving and how we plan a dive.

  • More ways to use your underwater compass and how to navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time. 

  • How to better use your dive computer and/or electronic Recreational Dive Planner Multilevel (eRDPML) and much much more, depending on the Adventure Dives you choose.

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As an Advanced Diver you will get to experience dive sites that were beyond your reach previously. You can also take Speciality Courses and further your knowledge in individual areas such as Deep Diving or Underwater Photography.

Once you are an Advanced Diver, the comon next step is the Rescue Diver Course.

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