PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

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.

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You try out different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.

You’re already an Open Water Diver

You’ll plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from a long list of Adventure Dives.

Deep and Underwater Navigation

There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three, for a total of five dives.

Five dives in open water

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


Exam theory and your skill in open water.

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PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Certificate

Stop by your local PADI Dive Center and Resort to enroll in the course, get your materials and start learning. Your PADI Instructor will meet with you to schedule knowledge review sessions along with your Adventure Dives.

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The most popular Adventures Dives – including the required Deep and Underwater Navigation Adventure Dives, plus Boat, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Naturalist and Wreck Adventure Dives.

You’re already an Adventure Diver

If you’re already an Adventure Diver, you only need to complete two more Adventure Dives to earn the Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

Deep Adventure Dive

During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving.

Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive

The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time.

PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers

Who are at least 12 years old are ready to step up and enroll in an Advanced Open Water Diver course. Young divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives.

Adventure Dives

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.


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

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