PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course

Adventure, Exploration, Excitement, Experiences. That’s what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. And no, you don’t have to be advanced to take the course. The PADI Advanced Open Water Dive Course is designed so you can go straight into it after completing the scuba dives of the PADI Open Water Diver course. Learn to scuba dive then learn to scuba dive deeper, learn to navigate accurately during scuba dives and add further skills to your scuba diving under the supervision and guidance of a PADI scuba diving instructor.

The Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba diving skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more scuba dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI scuba diving instructor. This diving course builds on what you have learned during the open water dive course and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new scuba diving activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving.


You’ll hone your scuba diving skills by completing five open water adventure dives that introduce you to:

  • Underwater navigation-learn to dive with a sense of direction
  • Deeper water scuba diving (typically anywhere from 18-30 metres/ 60-100 feet)
  • A sampler of three more open water Adventure Dives of your choice

The Fun Part: Your Choice

One reason you’ll love the Advanced Open Water Diver course is that you and your PADI instructor choose from 15 types of Adventure Dives to complete your advanced open water course. You can try your hand at digital underwater photography, wreck diving, night diving, diving with underwater scooters, peak performance buoyancy and much more.

  • Get credit! Each Adventure Dive in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course may credit toward the first scuba dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver course.


To take the PADI Advanced Open Water Dive Course, you must be:

  • A PADI Open Water Diver (or equivalent learn to dive certification from another scuba diver training organisation)
  • 15 years old (14 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver in Western Australia)


What You Learn

The knowledge and skills you develop in the Advanced Open Water Diver course vary with your interest and the diving adventures you have, but include

  • Practical aspects of deep diving on scuba equipment
  • Physiological effects of deeper scuba diving
  • More ways to use and become proficient with your underwater dive compass
  • How to navigate using kick-cycles, depth, sound, visual landmarks and time whilst diving
  • How to better use your dive computer and PADI Recreational Dive Planner
  • And much, much more, depending on the Adventure Dives you choose during the advanced open water course

The Scuba Diving Gear You Use

You use all the basic scuba diving gear including your underwater dive compass. At Indi Dive we encourage the use of Dive computers and will supply one free of charge during your dive course. Depending on which three adventure dives you pick, you may also try out underwater photography equipment, underwater scooters, a dive light a dry suit, lift bags, a dive flag/float or other specialty scuba gear. You can find most everything at the scuba diving shop.

The Learning Materials You Need

PADIs Adventures in Diving Manual and DVD provide information on more than 16 types of specialty scuba diving. Youll use them as a guidebook to improve your scuba diving skills and prepare for new experiences and adventures in sport diving.

Curious about scuba diving at night? Flip to the night diving chapter. Once you’ve previewed the scuba skills, your PADI scuba diving instructor will guide you on your first night diving adventure. Having trouble with underwater navigation? Review the underwater navigation section then sign up for the Navigation Adventure Dive with your PADI Scuba Diving Instructor.

Your Next Scuba Diving Adventure

After you’ve tried a specialty dive in the Advanced Open Water Diver course, you’ll probably want to take the whole advanced open water diving course and learn more: altitude diving, AWARE-fish identification, boat diving, deep diving, diver propulsion vehicle use, drift diving, dry suit diving, multilevel and computer diving, night diving, peak performance buoyancy, search and recovery, underwater nature study, underwater navigation, underwater photography, underwater videography, wreck diving. We teach 18 different PADI scuba dive specialty courses including self-reliant diver.