Advanced Openwater Diver
This course can be taken after completing the PADI Open Water Diver certification. It’s titled PADI Advanced Open Water Diver because it advances your diving knowledge & skills.
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 advanceyour 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.
|Recommended Course Hours||
|Minimum open water training||
|Paperwork and Administration||
The following list identifies all the required and recommended paperwork for the Open Water Diver and Scuba Diver courses.
|Certification Procedures||Any Teaching status PADI Instructor may conduct the PADI Adventures in Diving program and certify PADI Adventure Divers and PADI Advanced Open Water Divers. The certifying instructor obtains certifications by submitting completed and signed PICs to the appropriate PADI Office.
The instructor who conducts the third Adventure Dive with a student diver is the certifying instructor for the Adventure Diver rating. The instructor who conducts the fifth (or final) dive with a student diver is the certifying instructor for the Advanced Open Water Diver rating. The certifying instructor must verify that all course performance requirements have been satisfactorily completed.Note: If a student diver completes three Adventure Dives, thus meeting the requirement for Adventure Diver, but decides to immediately complete the requirements for Advanced Open Water Diver, only one PIC for Advanced Open Water is required for Diver certification – unless the diver requests both certifications.
This course consists of 5 open-training dives, two are Core (required) Dives and three are Elective Dives.
Core Dives orientate the students to the fundamentals of advanced diving and include the following:
- Underwater Navigation
- Deep Diving
Elective Dives is a choice of three dives from the following:
- Boat Diving
- Drift Diving
- Multilevel Diving
- Night Diving
- Peak Performance Buoyancy
- Search and Recovery Diving
- Underwater Naturalist
- Underwater Photography
- Underwater Videography
- Wreck Diving
The availability of the different Elective Dives are dependent upon logistic constraints and dive locations. Please check with your instructor to find the dives that best suit you.
During open water training, each student diver must be equipped with a mask, fins, snorkel, appropriate exposure protection, dive knife/tool, scuba tank, buoyancy control device with low-pressure inflator, weight system, regulator, alternate air source, submersible pressure gauge, depth gauge, timing device and/or dive computer, compass and Recreational Dive Planner (table or The Wheel.)
For the Night Dive, student divers must each have an underwater light and whistle. A backup underwater light and marker/chemical lights are recommended.
The Adventures in Diving program offers two certification options. A diver who completes any three Adventure Dives earns the PADI Adventure Diver rating. A diver who completes the Deep Dive, the Underwater Navigation Dive and three additional Adventure Dives (five total) earns the Advanced Open Water Diver certification.
Adventures in Diving Program and Specialty Diver Course Relationship.
Each Adventure Dive may be counted as the first dive of the related PADI Specialty Diver course. Similarly, Dive 1 of a PADI Specialty Diver course may be counted toward Adventures in Diving program dive requirements.
To allow credit for a particular dive, the student diver must successfully completed the dive performance requirements and completed the associated Knowledge Review.
Dive documentation may include an Adventure Dive/Specialty Dive Training Record signed by a PADI Instructor in the diver’s log book. A completed and signed Knowledge Review from the Adventures in Diving manual or Multimedia, related PADI Specialty Diver manual, or a copy from the PADI Specialty Diver Course Instructor Outline may be accepted as proof of knowledge development.
You don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed to advanceyour 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.