PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver Course

Course Introduction

Exploration, Excitement, Experiences are what the PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver course is all about and you dont have to be advanced to take. The course is designed so you can go straight into it after completing the PADI Open Water Scuba Diver Course.

The 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 have learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving.

Course Overview

The primary difference between the PADI Adventure Diver course and the PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver course are training dives. In the PADI Adventure Diver program there are 3 training dives and in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course there are 5 training dives.

Get College Credit

You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver Course.


Inside your PADI Adventures in Diving Manual you will find 16 different specialty diver courses to choose from. Underwater Navigator and Deep diver are mandatory courses for the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Certification. The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course begins with independent study and knowledge development. Students will begin by watching the PADI Deep Diver, Wreck Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Drift Diver and Navigation videos. Then Students will read and complete all 5 corresponding knowledge reviews inside of their PADI Adventures in Diving Manual. Your instructor will review your knowledge reviews during your classroom session. All academic materials including videos are available online.

Adventure Dives

One reason you’ll love the PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba 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.

  • Get credit! Each Adventure Dive in the PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver Course may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Scuba Diver course.

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

  • Practical aspects of deep diving

  • Physiological effects of deeper scuba diving.

  • More ways to use your underwater compass

  • How to navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time

  • How to better use your Dive Computer and electronic Recreational Dive PlannerTM (eRDPTM)

  • And much, much more, depending on the Adventure Dives you choose

We do not accept equipment that is unsafe or damaged to be used in any of our programs. 

If you have any questions on whether the equipment you have will be acceptable for this program, please contact us prior to class for a free equipment evaluation.  We service and repair Scuba equipment. Safety First!

      Specialty Training Dives

      There are a total of 5 Open water dives. There are 3 open water beach dives and 2 open water boat dives that will need to be completed before you can become a certified PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver.

    • Underwater Navigation Dive

    • Peak Performance Buoyancy Dive

    • Drift Dive

    and 2 open water boat dives

    • Deep Dive

    • Wreck Dive

Each open water dive is approximately 1 hour, air permitting.

Dive Location

Dive site location changes from class to class. However we typically conduct our boat dives off the second reef (depth 45 to 60 feet) and third reef (depth 60 to 100 feet) of Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach and Lauderdale by the sea. Our beach dives are conducted in front of Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach and Lauderdale by the sea on the shallow sub reefs (depth 12 to 20 feet).

    ERecommended Additional Training (optional)

    We suggest that all divers enrolling in PADI Specialty Course take the PADI Enriched Air Scuba Diver Course first in order to increase bottom time during your training dives.

    course duration

    The total course duration is approximately 15 hours typically conducted over 3 classes. For more information on specific scheduling for this course please click on the calendar below.

Course Prerequisites

    prerequisite training

PADI Open Water Scuba Diver or qualifying certification from another training organization equivalent.


    Age requirements

    The PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Driver Course is for ages 15 Years and Older.


    required Books

    The PADI Adventures in Diving Manule

    The Advanced Open Water crewpak includes the Adventures in Diving manual, a surface marker buoy and a whistle.


    required equipment

    Standard SCUBA Gear: Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Compass, Dive Computer or Dive Watch, Knife, Safety Sausage, Communication Slate, Safety Whistle, Dive Lights, BCD, Regulators with Submersible Pressure Gauge, Tanks, Weights, Gloves and Wetsuit if required(during winter classes).


    Rental equipment is not included in this class. If you need to rent equipment please do not forget to select the rental equipment you will need when you book your course


    depth restrictions

    PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Divers are certified to dive to a maximum depth of 100 feet.


PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver Course Liability Releases
  • Certified Diver Experience Programs Liability Release and Assumption of Risk Agreement

  • PADI Standards Save Diving Practice Statement of Understanding

  • PADI Medical Statement

Parent or guardian signature is requiredfor participants younger than legal age for all PADI programs.

    Certifi cation Requirements

For Advanced Open Water Diver, student divers meet performance requirements:
Complete five Adventure Dives including Deep and Underwater Navigation.
Complete the five Knowledge Reviews for the completed Adventure Dives.


Equipment required for the following Adventure Dives

Underwater Navigation

  • Compas

Peak Performance Buoyancy

  • None

Deep Diver

  • Dive Computer or a Watch

Wreck Diver

  • 2 Dive Lights (primary and backup)
  • Gloves

Drift Diver

  • None

Additional equipment may be required depending on which adventure dives you select.


Specialized Equipment

Students may need to rent or buy the specialized equipment for their particular adventure dives. This is not included in the price.


Your Next Adventure

After you’ve tried a specialty in the Advanced Open Scuba Water Diver Course, you’ll probably want to take the whole course and learn more: altitude diving, AWARE-fish identification, boat diving, deep diving, diver propulsion vehicle use, drift diving, dry suit diving, multilevel and computer diving, night diving, peak performance buoyancy, search and recovery, underwater nature study, underwater navigation, underwater photography, underwater videography, wreck diving.



PADI Course Cost, Location and Schedule

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    We offer private lessons seven days a week sign up today start diving tomorrow. We offer group lessons for the Advanced Open Water course twice a month. Check the course schedule for more details.

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Youth Diving Responsibility and Risk Video

Parents and Junior Divers Must Watch This Video Together