Advanced Open Water Diver

Exploration, Excitement, Experiences

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 advance your 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.

Get credit! Each Adventure Dive may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver Course. If you’ve already taken a specialty diver course, ask your instructor if you’ve earned credit for an Adventure Dive.
 

Who should take this course?

PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old are ready to step up and enroll in an Advanced Open Water Diver course. Young divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives – check with your PADI Instructor.

If you’re already an Adventure Diver, you only need to complete two more Adventure Dives to earn the Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

What will you learn?

You’ll plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from a long list of Adventure Dives. There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three, for a total of five dives. 
During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving. The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time.

The other knowledge and skills you get vary with your interest and the adventures you have – photography, buoyancy control, fish identification, exploring wrecks and many more.

How can you start learning now?

Sign up for Advanced Open Water Diver Online – PADI’s eLearning option – to get started immediately. The web-based system lets you learn about seven of the most popular Adventures Dives – including the required Deep and Underwater Navigation Adventure Dives, plus Boat, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Naturalist and Wreck Adventure Dives. You study at your own pace through an easy to use, interactive program. You also have access to an online version of the Adventures in Diving manual and can complete sections for other Adventure Dives as directed by your PADI Instructor.

You can also choose to read the Adventures in Diving manual and watch the Adventures in Diving video (a book and DVD package). 

What scuba gear will you use?

Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a compass and dive knife or dive tool. You’ll also use specialized gear depending on the Adventure Dives you choose. For example, you’d obviously use a dry suit for the Dry Suit Adventure Dive or a sidemount configuration during the Sidemount Adventure Dive. Your PADI Instructor will explain the equipment that you need and may suggest additional gear, such as dive light for night diving or lift bag for search and recovery diving.

Minimum age: 12 years old 

Basic Advanced Open Water Course: 

Course duration: 2 days (6 dives)

Includes materials, knowledge development sessions, 6 open water dives (2 days on the boat), and certification fees. On boat diving days, breakfast, lunch and snacks are served on the boat. 

Course price: 14 500 THB


Would like to earn a second certification (in a PADI Specialty course) in conjunction with your Advanced Open Water Course? We have a number of choices for you! You will begin the Specialty program during your AOW course, by doing the first Adventure Dive of the program. And then, depending on whether the Specialty course has 2, 3 or 4 dives, the following options are available:
 


Advanced Open Water Course + Specialty Certification (2-dive specialty): 
Peak Performance Buoyancy, Multilevel and Computer Diver, Underwater Naturalist, Fish Identification, Drift Diver, Boat Diver

Course duration: 2 days on the boat

Includes materials, knowledge development sessions, 6 open water dives (5 for AOW and 1 to finish the Specialty course), and certification fees for both the AOW course and the Specialty course. On boat diving days, breakfast, lunch and snacks are served on the boat. 

Course price: 18 500 THB


Advanced Open Water Course + Specialty Certification (3-dive specialty): 
Underwater Navigator

Course duration: 3 days on the boat

Includes materials, knowledge development sessions, 8 open water dives (5 for AOW, 2 to finish the Specialty course, plus 1 fun dive), and certification fees for both the AOW course and the Specialty course. On boat diving days, breakfast, lunch and snacks are served on the boat. 

Course price: 21 000 THB


Advanced Open Water Course + Specialty Certification (4-dive specialty): 
Deep Diver, Wreck Diver, Search & Recovery Diver

Course duration: 3 days on the boat

Includes materials, knowledge development sessions, 9 open water dives (5 for AOW, 3 to finish the Specialty course, plus 1 fun dive), and certification fees for both the AOW course and the Specialty course. On boat diving days, breakfast, lunch and snacks are served on the boat. 

Course price: 23 000 THB