About the Course
Exploration, Excitement, Experiences, 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.
Contents: Updating of skills and knowledge, 5 dives with emphasis on specific subjects and Theoretical instruction.
Requirements: Open Water Diver at least 12 years old.
*Cost of eLearning course material is additional
How the Advanced course different from the PADI Open Water Diver?
During the PADI Open Water Diver Course you learn the critical skills needed for scuba diving during your Knowledge Development, confined water dives and open water dives. During your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course, you will complete 5 Adventure Dives which focuses on a particular activity or skill. Padi have outlined the differences between these two courses in more detail in this blog here.
What should I expect?
First of all, you should expect to have a lot of fun while completing your Advanced Open Water Course, and expect to become a more skilled and more confident diver.
More specifically, though what should I expect?
Well, for each Adventure Dive, you will be required to complete a theory portion – this can be done at home via PADI eLearning or in a classroom setting. You’ll also need to complete some basic knowledge reviews to ensure you have a sound knowledge of the theory behind each dive.
The Advanced Open Water course is made up of five adventure dives. The Deep Adventure Dive and the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive are compulsory and will give you some essential skills to become a more competent diver. You also get to choose another three Adventure Dives to help build your skill set.
What Adventure Dives should I Choose?
As mentioned, the Deep Adventure Dive and the Underwater Navigation Adventure dive are required components of the Advanced Open Water course. The other three Adventure Dives however can be any of the PADI Adventure Dives that is chosen by your instructor together with you. Options range from Digital Underwater Imaging, to Peak Performance Buoyancy, Drift Dive or Wreck Diver.
Why should I take this course?
The Advanced Open Water course gives you more experience diving under the supervision of an instructor. You’ll learn new skills, meet new people and of course go diving! This course is also a great way to sample the different specialties on offer to see what interests you.
It is often a requirement with many dive operators around the world, including Colona Divers, that you have an Advanced Open Water certification before you will be allowed to:
dive below 20m
go on night dives
join in on a wreck dive
If you’ve still got questions, let us know we’ll get back to you.