Advanced Open Water SCUBA Diver

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 good way to log more dives 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 scuba diving.

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course

You’ll hone your skills by completing five adventure dives that introduce you to:

  • Underwater navigation
  • Deeper water diving (typically anywhere from 60-100 feet)
  • A sampler of three more Adventure Dives

The Fun Part: Your Choice

One reason you’ll love the Advanced Open Water Diver course is that you and your instructor choose from 15 types of Adventure Dives to complete your course. You can try your hand at wreck diving, night diving, peak performance buoyancy and much more.


To take this course, you must be:

  • A PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • 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 PADIv eLearning®. The Advanced Open Water Diver Course Online gets you started right now with the background information you need for the seven of the most popular Adventure Dives (though you and your instructor can still pick the Adventure Dives.)

What You Learn

The knowledge and skills you get in the Advanced Open Water Diver course vary with your interest and the adventures you have, but 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 much, much more, depending upon the Adventure Dives you pick

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all the basic scuba gear including your underwater compass. You can rent a full set of scuba gear for use during this class for $75.

Other gear recommended is a signal kit/safety sausage and wreck reel. You can buy these items at your student discount price at Aquatic Safaris.

The Learning Materials You Need

PADI’s Adventures in Diving Manual provide information on more than 16 types of specialty diving. You’ll use them as a guidebook to improve your diving skills and prepare for new experiences and adventures.

The Adventures in Diving Crewpak is included in your course fee.

Upcoming Advanced Open Water Diver Classes

Class: Dates & Times: Instructor Cost: Space
Advanced Open Water
Course includes two Hyde/Markham charters.
Class: TBA
Dive: TBA
TBA $350
+$75 w/Equip


Minimum age 15 years old (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver).  Private classes on a case-by-case basis and are subject to a surcharge.
Equipment provided by student Student is responsible for providing their own gear or can rent from Aquatic Safaris for $75 for the entire course.
Equipment provided by Aquatic Safaris Underwater compass for use during the navigation skill.
Charters provided by Aquatic Safaris Two charters to Hyde/Markham wrecks for 4 of the skills dives.
Course cost $350 per student.  Class size is limited by PADI standards.  Your payment secures your class spot and gets you the learning material.
Required books & materials PADI Advanced Open Water Crewpak – included in course fee.
Additional expenses NONE.

Your Next Adventure

After you’ve tried a specialty in the Advanced Open Water Diver course, you’ll probably want to take the whole specialty course and learn more:

Deep diving, drift diving, dry suit diving, night diving, peak performance buoyancy, search and recovery, underwater navigation, underwater photography, wreck diving

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