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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 in your Open Water Course and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new dive skills and new ways to have fun scuba diving.

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

  • Underwater navigation
  • Deeper water diving (typically anywhere from 18-30 metres/ 60-100 feet)
  • Peak Performace Buoyancy
  • Two  Adventure Dives that you select with your instructor based on your interests

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 will be able to choose from Boat Diver, Digital Underwater Photography, Delayed Surface Marker Buoy, Dive Against Debris, Dry Suit, Enriched Air, Fish Identification, Full Face Mask, Night Diver, Search and Recovery, Self Reliant, Sidemount, Underwater Naturalist, and Wreck Diver. 

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 electronic Recreational Dive PlannerTM (eRDPTM)
  • And much, much more, depending on the Adventure Dives you choose

Course Info


  • A PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • Minimum Age: 15 years old (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)


  • $450 (Cost includes instruction, book or eLearning, and 2 days of entry to Lake Phoenix)

Equipment Needs

  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Standard dive equipment (available for purchase or rent from Aquatic Adventures)
  • Dive knife/tool
  • Compass
  • Log book
  • Additional equipment may be required for certain elective dives, e.g., underwater dive light and tank light if doing a night dive, digital camera for photography dives, etc. 

Class Materials

  • PADI Adventures in Diving Manual
  • Adventures in Diving slate


    Start Date End Date Max. Places Places Available   Price    
10 Aug 2024 11 Aug 2024 8 5 US$ 450.00
24 Aug 2024 25 Aug 2024 8 4 US$ 450.00
28 Sep 2024 29 Sep 2024 8 8 US$ 450.00
31 Dec 2024 01 Jan 2025 8 6 US$ 450.00

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