Advanced Open Water


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That’s what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about.

You don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed to advance your diving,

so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification.

The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different

Adventure Dives.

You try out different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision

of your PADI Instructor.

You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.

Get credit! Each Adventure Dive may credit toward the first dive

of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver Course.

If you’ve already taken a specialty diver course, ask your instructor if you’ve earned

credit for an Adventure Dive.

PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old are ready

to step up and enroll in an Advanced Open Water course.

Young divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives – check with

your PADI Instructor.

If you’re already an Adventure Diver, you only need to complete two more

Adventure Dives to earn the Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

You’ll plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from

a long list of Adventure Dives.

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There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you

choose the other three, for a total of five dives.

During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with

the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving.

The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills

and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time.

The other knowledge and skills you get vary with your interest and the adventures

you have: photography, buoyancy control, fish identification, exploring wrecks

and many more.


Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a compass and dive knife or dive tool.

You’ll also use specialized gear depending on the Adventure Dives you choose.

For example, you’d obviously use a dry suit for the Dry Suit Adventure Dive or a sidemount configuration

during the Sidemount Adventure Dive.

Your PADI Instructor will explain the equipment that you need and may suggest additional gear, such as

dive light for night diving or lift bag for search and recovery diving.

Visit your local PADI Dive Center or Resort to learn more about the gear you will need to start

your adventures in the Advanced Open Water Diver course.


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