Advanced Open Water

What You Will Learn

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The PADI Advanced Open Water course is designed to help divers increase their confidenceand expand their scuba skills.  This is accomplished by completing 5 adventure dives that introduce the diver to: underwater navigation, deep water diving (60-100 ft), and a sampler of 3 more adventure dives of your choice.  Each adventure dive counts as the first dive towards that respective specialty rating.  If a diver already has a specialty rating, the first dive of the specialty can count towards the Advanced Open Water Diver rating.

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  • Must be a PADI Open Water Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • Must be at least 15 years old (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)


This course utilizes a more self-directed learning format than most PADI courses.  A student selects 3 adventure dives with the instructor based on the student’s interests.  Students read the appropriate chapters (as well as those for deep diving and underwater navigation) and complete the Knowledge Reviews in PADI’s Adventures in Diving manual.  These reviews are discussed either in a classroom setting or during out-of-water surface intervals at the dive site.

Open Water Dives

PADI allows for a maximum of 3 dives for certification in a single day.  Therefore, open water dives for this course must be spread over at least 2 days.  PADI offers 15 different adventure dives, but due to several factors, we only offer at this time:

  • Underwater Navigation (required)
  • Deep (required)

Select 3 optional dives

  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Digital Underwater Photography
  • Enriched Air (Nitrox)
  • Dry Suit
  • Search & Recovery
  • Multilevel/Computer
  • Night
  • Wreck

Gear You Will Use

You will use all standard scuba equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, boots, BCD, tank, regulators, gauges, compass, and appropriate exposure protection).  While it is best to have your own gear in order to be familiar with its performance, equipment may be rented as needed.   Each specific adventure dive may have its own unique equipment such as cameras or lift bags.  Your instructor can provide these for the dive or help you select one for purchase.

All divers interested in Advanced Open Water Diver need:

  • Personal Gear – Mask, snorkel, boots, and fins
  • Scuba Unit – BCD, Regs, tank etc (rental equipment available)
  • PADI’s Adventures in Diving Manual
  • Adventures in Diving Multipurpose Data Carrier slate (included in manual)