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Advanced Open Water Diver

This course can be taken after completing the PADI Open Water Diver certification. It's titled PADI Advanced Open Water Diver because it advances your diving knowledge and skills.

The Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about advancing your skills. You can enroll immediately after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification regardless of your skill level. The course helps you build confidence in navigation, fine-tune buoyancy skills and introduces you to different diving activities such as wreck diving, night diving or underwater imaging. After completing the Advanced Open Water  manual, you’ll make five Adventure Dives: a deep dive (beyond 18m/60 feet), a navigation dive, and three additional Adventure Dives of your choice to earn your certification.

Why Advanced Open Water Diver?

After completing the 5 dives, you’ll be more experienced, feel more comfortable in the water and simply enjoy diving more because you better understand the underwater environment.


What do I need to start?

PADI Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organisation)


What will I do?

This certification includes five Adventure Dives, including the mandatory Deep Adventure Dive, Underwater Navigator Adventure Dive and three of the following:

  • AWARE Fish Identification

  • Boat Dive 

  • Digital Underwater Photography

  • Drift Dive 

  • Enriched Air Diver

  • Multilevel & Computer Diver

  • Night Dive 

  • Peak Performance Buoyancy

  • Search & Recovery Dive

  • Underwater Naturalist

  • Underwater Navigation

  • Underwater Videography

  • Wreck Dive 


How long will it take?

• One Classroom Session

• Minimum Open Water Training: 5 dives done over 2 days

Minimum Age

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



All dive equipment Included


What will I need?

The following are all provided as part of your course:

• Adventures in Diving digital manual

• Adventures in Diving video

• Dive Equipment


Where can I go from here?

PADI Advanced Open Water Divers at least 15 years of age can enroll in PADI Specialty courses and continue on to the PADI Rescue Diver or Junior Rescue Diver course. PADI Adventure Dives can also credit towards the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver certifications.

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