Advanced Open Water Diving Instruction
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 a course that is designed to advance your diving. You can start it right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives.
There are two specialities you will have to complete mandatory, in order to obtain the Advanced Open Water Certification. These are the Deep adventure, and the Underwater Navigation adventure. The Deep adventure dive will bring you to about 30 meter deep (compared to the maximum 18 meter you went during the Open Water course). The Underwater Navigation Adventure dive will teach you how to use a compass and find your way under water.
Next to these two, you can choose three from these dives:
- Altitude diving: When you go diving lakes in mountains, the conditions are different than when you do that at sea level. This course prepares you for the difference in conditions. (We don’t offer this course at Rich Coast Diving, as we are located at sea level, and our dive sites here aren’t at altitude.)
- Fish Identification. You learn how to identify the different species of fishes. This is part of the AWARE initiative of PADI
- Boat Diving: as virtually all divers will end up on a boat soooner or later, this course explains the specifics of the boat and diving from it.
- Diver Propulsion Vehicle. A diver propulsion vehicle (PDV) takes the diver on a wider area, and will reduce yiur air consumption since you’re not swimming that distance.
- Drift Diving. If you can’t beat them, join them, is the idea behind this. You go with the flow, following the current/drift.
- Dry Suit Diving. Diving in colder water requires a different protection suit. Learning how to dive in a wetsuit gets you started.
- Night Diving. The ocean isn’t dead at night, on the contrary. This adventure dive gets you in the dark waters, and show you what’s hiding there.
- Peak Performance Buoyancy. Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers.This course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates them to the next level.
- Search and Recovery. There are effective ways to search for objects underwater that increase your chances of success.
- Underwater Naturalist. The better you understand the aquatic environment, the more you’ll be able to savor the sights you encounter on your dives. Go beyond simply recognizing the occasional fish.
- Underwater Photography & Videography: This gets you going quickly, whether you use a point-and-shoot camera or a sophisticated dSLR like the pros.
- Wreck Diving
Many of these will not just get you to the Advanced Open Water Certification, but it will count as credits towards the speciality courses that we teach.
• Try out different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision of your PADI Instructor
• 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 us 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 us.
If you’re already an Adventure Diver, you only need to complete two more Adventure Dives to earn the Advanced Open Water Diver certification.