PADI Advanced Open Water

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Been through the Open Water Certification and want more? Sign up for our Advanced Open Water Class!  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 you’ve completed your Open Water Diver certification.

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 an Instructor. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving.

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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)
  • A sampler of three more Adventure Dives of your choice

The Fun Part: Your Choice

Diver swimming with turtle underwaterOne 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 can try your hand at digital underwater photography, wreck 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 dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver course.

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

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  • 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 much, much more, depending on the Adventure Dives you choose!


To take this course, you must be:

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

How Long Does It Take?

This course consists of one weeknight classroom/pool session (~2-3 hours) and 5 open water certification dives (typically completed over a weekend at one of the local dive sites such as Gilboa Quarry).

The Scuba Gear You Use

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  • Students are required to own their own mask, fins and snorkel.
  • Full sets of equipment (BCD, regulator set, SPG, compass, dive computer, wetsuit) are available for FREE to students for pool sessions.
  • Divers must provide their own equipment for all OW dives.  Central Coast Dive Center offers complete sets of rental equipment (BCD, regulator set, SPG, compass, dive computer, wetsuit) if you would like to rent the equipment for the weekend.  Additionally, we rent tanks and weights.  Click here for rental information.
  • Depending on which three adventure dives you pick, you may also try out underwater photography equipment , DPVs (underwater scooters), a dive light (for night dives), a dry suit, lift bags, a dive flag/float or other specialty gear.  We recommend you visit our on-site dive shop prior to starting your class so we can help you select or rent equipment!

The Learning Materials You Need

  • PADI’s Adventures in Diving Manual and DVD provide information on more than 16 types of specialty diving.You’ll use them as a guidebook to improve your diving skills and prepare for new experiences and adventures.

Curious about night diving? Flip to the night diving chapter. Once you’ve previewed the skills, your 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 Navgation Adventure Dive with your Instructor.

What Should I Do Next?

Want To Start Right Now?

Start the Advanced Open Water Diver Course Online!

eLrn_Bnr-AOW_09-646x390PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is part of PADI eLearning. The Advanced Open Water Diver Course Online gets you started right now with the background information you need for the seven of the most popular Adventure Dives (though you and your instructor can still choose any of the Adventure Dives.)  Start Now!

Your Next Adventure

After you’ve tried a specialty in the Advanced Open Water Diver course, you’ll probably want to take the whole course and learn more; Central Coast Dive Center offers all PADI Specialty Courses.  Or perhaps you’re ready to take a dive vacation and practice your skills in the ocean, or you want to move on to the next level and earn your Rescue Diver certification!  Whatever you choose, Central Coast is your best choice.