The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course
Exploration, Excitement, Experiences:
that's what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is like! And you do not have to be "advanced" to attend - it's designed for you to do it immediately after the PADI Open Water Diver.
The Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase confidence and improve your diving skills to make you feel much more comfortable in the water.
It is an excellent way to do other dives as you continue to learn under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.
Get PADI Advanced Open Water Diver school credits
You could get school credits for the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course
This course is based on what you have already learned and develops new skills introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun underwater. You will refine your skills by completing five Adventure Dives that introduce you:
Deep dive (usually between 18 and 30 meters)
For a taste of three or more Adventure Dreams of your choice
The fun aspect: you can choose
One of the reasons why you will love the Advanced Open Water Diver course is that you and your Instructor will choose the Adventure Dive needed to complete the course from a list of 15 different. You could try digital underwater photography, wreck diving, night diving, scuba diving, maximum running and many more.
Get credits: each Adventure dive of the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course can be credited as the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty course.
The Advanced Open Water Diver Online Course
The Advanced Open Water Diver Online course will allow you to immediately start with the basic information you need for seven of the most popular Adventure Dives (but you and your Instructor can always choose any Adventure Dive.)
What you learn
The theoretical knowledge and skills you acquire with the Advanced Open Water Diver course vary according to your interests and the adventures you choose, but include:
the practical aspects of deep diving
the physiological effects of deep immersion.
other ways to use your diving compass
how to navigate using the fins, visual references and time
how to best use your dive computer and the electronic Recreational Dive PlannerTM (eRDPmlTM)
And much, much more, depending on the Adventure Dives you choose
The diving equipment you use
Use all your basic diving equipment, including your diving compass. Depending on the three chosen Adventure Dives, you could also try underwater photographic equipment, a DPV (underwater scooter), an underwater torch, a dry suit, lifting balls, an underwater / float flag or other special equipment.
Find out at your local dive shop which equipment is rented and which are included in the course package. You will find almost everything at a dive shop.
The teaching materials you need
The Adventures in Diving Manual and the PADI DVD provide information on more than 16 types of specialty dives. Use them as a guide to improve your diving skills and prepare for new experiences and adventures.
Are you interested in night diving? Go to the specific chapter. Once you have seen the skills, your Instructor will guide you on your first deep diving adventure. Do you have any problem with underwater navigation? Review the dedicated section, and sign up for the Underwater Sailing Adventure with your PADI Instructor.
To purchase these products, contact your local PADI Instructor or dive shop or resort.
To participate in the course, you must:
be a PADI Open Water Diver (or have an equivalent certification issued by another training organization)
15 years old (12 for the Junior Advanced Open Water Diver course)
Your next adventure
After having tasted one in the Advanced Open Water Diver course, it is likely that you will want to complete the whole course and learn more about the specialties:
altitude diving, AWARE-fish identification, boat diving, deep diving, diver propulsion vehicle use, drift diving, dry suit diving, multilevel and computer diving, night diving, peak performance buoyancy, search and recovery, underwater nature study, underwater navigation, underwater photography, underwater videography, wreck diving