With the PADI Advanced Open Water course you will take your diving education to the next level. You don’t have to be advanced to do it as it is designed so you can enrol straight after the Open Water course.
It is actually two courses – the Adventure Diver and the Advanced Open Water. There are 3 Adventure dives that you can select and then the required Deep and Navigation for the Advanced. Generally, it is run as one course and you get certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water diver.
By completing the PADI Advanced Open Water Course, you will be qualified to dive (with a buddy) to a depth of 30m anywhere in the world. This will also comply with your holiday insurance.
To gain the PADI Advanced Open Water qualification you will need to complete 5 dives – the following 2 are compulsory :
DEEP DIVE – dive to a maximum depth of 30m and learn more about the physiological and physical effects of depth.
NAVIGATION DIVE – learn more about using a compass for patterns, taking bearings and using natural navigation.
The other 3 can be chosen from a list in the Adventure Diving Manual ( subject to suitability of environment)
Each one of these dives can be credited towards the PADI SPECIALTY that it relates to.
There are no classroom theory sessions but you will get a eLearning pack with some required online knowledge reviews to complete – these will be assessed by your instructor prior to diving.
To take part in an Advanced Open Water course all you need is:
- to be in reasonable health
- be over 12 years old*
- to have completed Open Water Complete
*For 12 to 14’s you will be certified as a Junior Advanced Open Water diver*Under 16’s need to be accompanied by an adult