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PADI Advanced Open Water Diver


  • PADI Certificate


  • Adept at swimming
  • Good Health

Skill Level

  • Professional


$ 490

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 of your choosing (it’s like a specialty sampler platter). For every specialty dive you complete, you can earn credit toward PADI® specialty certifications.

Here are a few of the many options we offer: Deep, Boat diver, Fish Identification, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Search & Recovery, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Navigation, and Wreck Diver.

Check out the Adventures section for a complete list of specialty dive options.

How to Become an Advanced Open Water Diver

Learn about underwater navigation, deep diving and three types of specialty diving that interest you. After some skill practice with your instructor, you’ll make five open water dives. There’s no exam because this course is truly about having fun and gaining experience.


PADI eLearning®

PADI eLearning makes it easy to fit scuba lessons into a busy schedule. Learn about scuba diving principles and terminology whenever, wherever it’s convenient for you.

It’s your course on your time. Study offline, or online using a computer or mobile device. Connect with your instructor whenever you have a question.

  • eLearning time commitment: 6 – 8 hours


With Your Instructor

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: 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


Learn to use a compass and begin to navigate the underwater world. Start to understand the importance of visual references. Practice how to measure distance underwater.

Photo by Pascal Ingelrest: https://www.pexels.com/photo/a-person-in-black-diving-suit-under-water-10359303/

Experience your first real deep dive. Understand how increased pressure affects the way you dive and think underwater.Take a sealed plastic bottle down and watch the effect pressure has on any airspace.

Scuba diver in the clear Carrebbean sea near Cayman Islands looking at diving computer.

Master and control your buoyancy with greater efficiency and ease. As a result, you will increase your comfort underwater and improve your air consumption. Take off your fins, do a somersault, float upside down and play games. There are quite a few things we can do underwater to experiment with our buoyancy.

Underwater photo of woman floating in the sea and rays of light piercing through

Swim on the outside of a wreck while maintaining proper buoyancy. Identify and avoid potential hazards. Navigate the wreck to locate the ascent point without surfacing. Maintain neutral buoyancy and body position to avoid touching the bottom and the wreck.

Photo by Pascal Ingelrest: https://www.pexels.com/photo/diver-and-wreck-10391701/

Learn how to capture all the wonders of the underwater world. Take the memories of your experience back home. Make all your friends and family jealous by showing them your very own copy of all the images or videos that you have captured underwater.

Photo by Pixabay: https://www.pexels.com/photo/light-sea-water-camera-73759/

Understand the importance of dive computers. Find how they can help maximizing your depths and times in the safest possible way. Dive computers are supplied for this dive.

Scuba diver in the clear Carrebbean sea near Cayman Islands looking at diving computer.

Practice drifting a dive site while avoiding any contact with the aquatic life and bottom. Practice using a Signal Marker Buoy to advise the boat of your location at the end of a dive.

Photo by 7inchs: https://www.pexels.com/photo/unrecognizable-lady-swimming-underwater-after-jumping-in-ocean-6702555/

Master buoyancy control while observing and identifying different fish families, groups, and species. Use one of our fish slates, draw diagrams, take notes, or even borrow one of our underwater cameras to assist you on your adventure.

Photo by Mati Mango: https://www.pexels.com/photo/scuba-diver-swimming-with-fish-11481752/

Practice the control of your buoyancy while passively observing the abundance of Kenyas aquatic life. Learn to identify vertebrates (turtles, dolphins, fish etc.), invertebrates (octopus, cuttlefish, shrimps etc.) and aquatic plants. Increase your knowledge of how to preserve the aquatic environment.

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More Info

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, download and 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).

Course prerequisites: PADI Open Water Diver, Junior Open Water Diver, or qualifying entry-level certification.

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 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.

Divers certified as Junior Advanced Open Water Divers automatically become Advanced Open Water Divers at age 15. Any replacement certification card or eCard purchased the day after the diver’s 15th birthday will automatically show an Advanced Open Water Diver (not Jr. Advanced Open Water Diver) certification.

PADI eLearning: 6 – 8 hours

Entire course: 3 days