PADI Advanced Open Water 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 great way to get more dives under your belt 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.
You’ll hone your skills by completing five adventure dives that introduce you to:
*Underwater navigation (compulsory)
*Deeper water diving (typically anywhere from 18-30 metres/ 60-100 feet) (compulsory)
*A sampler of three more Adventure Dives of your choice
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 digital underwater photography, wreck diving, drift diving, peak performance buoyancy and much more.
Get credit! Each Adventure Dive in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver course.
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)
Be medically fit to dive - fill in the RTSC Medical Statement
Due to the risk of a potentially career ending lung injury to our team as occupational divers, we have also introduced a COVID-19 vaccination policy and require trainees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before participating in any dive activity and be able to provide proof of such.We offer our sincerest apologies and respect those whose decisions do not comply with our new policy but feel this is in the best interests of the health and careers of our team.
Start the Advanced Open Water Diver Course Online
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is part of PADI eLearning. The PADI 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 choose any of the Adventure Dives.)
- What You Learn
- The knowledge and skills you get in the PADI 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 electronic Recreational Dive PlannerTM (eRDPTM)
- And much, much more, depending on the Adventure Dives you choose
You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course - in NZ that means NZQA unit standards.
The Scuba Gear You Use
You use all the basic scuba gear including your underwater compass. Depending on which three adventure dives you pick, you may also try out an underwater camera, DPVs (underwater scooters), a dive light, a dry suit, lift bags, a dive flag/float or other specialty gear.
The Learning Materials You Need
PADI’s Adventures in Diving Manual and DVD 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.
Curious about night diving? Flip to the night diving chapter. Once you’ve previewed the skills, your instructor will guide you on your first night diving adventure. Having trouble with underwater navigation? Review the underwater navigation section then sign up for the Navgation Adventure Dive with your PADI Instructor.
Your Next Adventure
After you’ve tried a specialty in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course, you’ll probably want to take the whole course and learn more.
Adventure Dives available to scuba divers 10 years old and older:
- PADI Altitude Diver
- PADI Boat Diver
- PADI Dry Suit Diver
- PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy
- PADI Underwater Naturalist
- PADI Underwater Navigator
- Project AWARE Fish ID
Additional Adventure Dives available to scuba divers 12 years old and older:
- PADI Deep Diver
- PADI Drift Diver
- PADI Night Diver
- PADI Search and Recovery Diver
- PADI Wreck Diver