PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course

The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving.

You’ll refine your skills by completing five adventure dives over at least two days that introduce you to:

  • Underwater navigation
  • Deeper water diving (typically anywhere from 18-30 meters)
  • A sampler of three more Adventure Dives of your choice

One reason you’ll love the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is that you and your instructor choose from 15 types of Adventure Dives to complete your course. You can try your hand at digital underwater photography, wreck diving, diving with underwater scooters, peak performance buoyancy and much more.

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course overview

The knowledge and skills you get in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course vary with your interest and the adventures you have, but include:

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  • Practical aspects of deep diving
  • Physiological effects of deeper scuba diving
  • More ways to use your underwater compass and finding back to the boat
  • How to navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time
  • How to better use your dive computer and electronic Recreational Dive PlannerTM (eRDPTM)

At Divemaster Academy we concentrate on the growth of your basic skills plus essential skills such as navigation and buoyancy control. Your course will be personally overseen by one of our experienced instructors from helping with the independent study modules through to the practical skills development.

What you learn

PADI’s Adventures in Diving Manual and video on 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. Just like the Open Water course, when you book, Divemaster Academy will give you the course material so you can start your self-study right away and you will also be invited to our dive centre to review what you have learnt with an instructor.

Curious about night diving? Flip to the night diving chapter. Once you’ve previewed the skills, your instructor will guide you on your first night diving adventure. Having trouble with underwater navigation? Review the underwater navigation section then sign up for the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive with your Divemaster Academy Instructor.

In addition to the knowledge reviews presented in your course material your instructor will brief you before each of your dives and discuss and demonstrate new skills.


Having completed your knowledge reviews prior to the practical section of the course and reviewed them with your instructor, you can complete the PADI Advanced Open Water Diving course over one weekend (2 days) with a total of 5 dives.

For the duration of your diving you will be in small groups with other divers under the direct supervision of your instructor. Divemaster Academy concentrates and providing first class service in a fun and stress free environment to help with your personal development.

All training dives are run in fantastic dive locations close to Divemaster Academy. Each of the dives are chosen for specific topics covered in the course. Low course ratios and experienced friendly instructors ensures that you are always in good safe hands.

During the course you will make two CORE dives: Navigation and a Deep dive.

Navigation: You will do a navigation dive to expand your underwater navigation skills, which were only touched on during your Open Water Course. This part of the course starts off with you walking on the beach with your compass. This will allow you to become confident and familiar with your compass and taking bearings, turns and contours. You will then use these skills during your dive and follow an underwater route using your compass and natural navigation to return to the desired spot. Harder than it sounds!!

Deep Dive: The second core topic is the Deep dive. During this part of the course you will learn about the considerations of deep diving and planning. Your instructor will also brief you on Nitrogen Narcosis and you will perform a test to identify Nitrogen Narcosis on the surface and then during your dive with your instructor.

Added to these two you can then choose three more dives from these options:

  • AWARE Fish ID
  • Boat
  • Deep
  • Digital Underwater Imaging
  • Diver Propulsion Vehicle
  • Drift
  • Enriched Air (15yrs and older)
  • Multi level and computer
  • Night
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Search and Recovery
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Underwater Navigation
  • Wreck

Prerequisites and limitations

Age and fitness

Anyone from the age of 12 years old, in general good health and able to swim 200m (at your own pace) can complete this course. Must have PADI Open Water Diver qualification, or equivalent from another diving agency).


Divemaster Academy provides diving equipment for all courses but we do recommend that you have your own mask, fins and snorkel for comfort and hygiene. If you choose digital underwater photography you should use your own underwater camera and photo equipment. For night dives we provide the underwater lights.

Medical declaration

If you have not already done so, on arrival you will be required to fill in and sign a Medical Statement to say you are fit to dive, do not regularly take prescription or non prescription medication and that you do not suffer from any conditions such as asthma, diabetes etc. If you are in any doubt or feel that you may have a condition which requires approval from a doctor first, please ask for a Medical Statement form which will be sent out to you or ask the staff at Divemaster Academy for advice. Here is a link for the PADI Medical release form, please read through it before your course to ensure that you are fit to dive.

Price and conditions

Your course at Divemaster Academy includes the following – Personalised tuition, Student materials, Certification card and all the equipment.

The PADI Adventure Diver or Advanced Open Water Diver Course takes 2 days to complete. PADI standards state all Advanced students must have their own Adventures in Diving Manual. Our price includes all of the PADI course materials, which are yours to keep, the 5 dives, entrance fees, all equipment needed for the course and the certification fee.

You can complete the academics before you arrive, in your own pace, in your home with PADI’s  Touch or eLearning application for iPad or Android tablets, and computer, though additional costs of $179 per course apply.

The next step in your dive education is the PADI Rescue Diver Certification.

Transportation is not included to the dive sites.

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PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course