ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER

ABOUT THE COURSE

The Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about advancing your skills. You’ll practice navigation and buoyancy, try deep diving and make three specialty dives under your diveshops program (it’s like a specialty sampler platter). For every specialty dive you complete, you can earn credit toward PADI specialty certifications. An Advanced Open Water Diver certification also opens the door to dive sites deeper than 18m/60.

Here are a few of the many options: Deep, Drift, Full Face Mask, Digital Underwater Photography, Enriched Air Nitrox, Fish Identification, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Search & Recovery, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Navigation, and Wreck Diver.

STEPS

INDEPENDENT STUDY

AT THE DIVE SHOP

Advanced Open Water Diver includes interactive lessons on 13 popular specialty dives: altitude, boat, digital underwater imaging, drift, fish ID, night, peak performance buoyancy, search and recovery, underwater naturalist and wreck diving.

You’ll study deep and navigation diving plus three specialties.

  • eLearning time commitment: 6-8 hours

The course includes five dives: a deep dive below 18m/60f, a navigation dive, and three specialty dives. Gain experience, build confidence and discover your diving abilities.

  • Prerequisites: Open Water Diver/Junior Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification)
  • Total time commitment: 2-3 days
  • Minimum age: 12 years or older
  • Depth: The maximum depth depends on your age, but maximum depth is up to 30 metres/100 feet

You’ll study deep and navigation diving plus three specialties.

  • eLearning time commitment: 6-8 hours

THINGS TO CONSIDER

MORE INFORMATION:

The minimum age to start the Advanced Open Water Diver course is 12.

  • Divers 15 or older earn an Advanced Open Water Diver certification
  • Divers between the age of 12-14 earn a Junior Advanced Open Water
  • Diver certification, Divers between the age 10-11 can earn a Junior Adventure Diver certification. Upon turning 12, they can complete the deep dive and earn a Junior Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

OTHER COSTS AND EQUIPMENT

This course requires both knowledge development and inwater training for certification. When you purchase a course material either PADI Manual or PADI eLearning, the cost covers the knowledge development portion only. There is an additional cost to complete your certification with a PADI Instructor. The cost depends on class size, environment, and whether or not you need to rent equipment.

In addition to basic scuba gear, you will need a compass, dive knife/tool, dive computer and student slate. If you don’t own these items, ask your dive shop about renting or purchasing these items.

You may also need specialized equipment for your specialty dives, such as a camera for underwater photography/videography. Your PADI Instructor will advise you about any specialized equipment you may need and how to get it.

MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS

Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving. Avoid disappointment, review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.

If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).