Exploration, Excitement, Experiences.  

One of the many creatures you will discover underwater

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.  Picture it as getting to sample five diving specialties to see if you want to pursue that type of diving.


Happy scuba instructor after a diveYou’ll hone your skills by completing five adventure dives that introduce you to:


I typically teach this course over a weekend, where we meet on Thursday or Friday to discuss the dives, go over knowledge reviews and make a plan where to meet on Saturday morning.

Day 1 (Saturday) 

  1. Peak Performance Buoyancy dive (make sure you can move about comfortably, control your buoyancy, learn the best way to orient yourself in the water column, different kicking techniques)
  2. Navigation dive (find your way home!)
  3. Night dive (experience totally different critters at night)

Day 2 (Sunday) 

  1. Deeper water diving (feel what it’s like to go to 100’ and how it impacts your senses with a trusted guide)
  2. Project AWARE Fish ID dive (know what you’re looking at and don’t say things to your friends like “the lovely white blobs”)


Couple taking scuba diving lessonsWhat You LearnCool wildlife to see on scuba diving trips

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

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all the basic scuba gear  including your underwater compass. Depending on which three adventure dives you pick, you may also try out underwater photography equipment , DPVs (underwater scooters), a dive light a dry suit, lift bags, a dive flag/float or other specialty gear.

The Learning Materials You Need

  1. Advanced Open Water Crew Pak for scuba lessonsYou need to make arrangements to rent your complete scuba setup from a local shop. I’d recommend the closest Underwater Sports. For advanced classes they’ll charge you roughly $75 for the weekend for normal gear (BCD, 2 or 3 Tanks, regulator with compass, wetsuit with hood, weights). You’ll need to have your own scuba basics (mask that fits, fins, gloves & booties for cold water). If you missing the gloves/booties the shop may be able to rent those for an incremental fee as well.
  2. You also need to acquire the PADI Advanced Open Water manual and complete the knowledge reviews for the five dives we’ll be doing (noted above) before we meet on Thursday or Friday. You can also pick this up at Underwater Sports for approximately $40. 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.

I’ll supply you a loaner light for the night dive.