Move up and experience real adventure with the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course. As you step beyond the PADI Open Water Diver level, you make five dives and have the opportunity to try some of diving’s most rewarding and useful specialty activities, such as deep diving, digital underwater photography, wreck diving and much more. These skills make diving much more than underwater sightseeing. Plus, the Advanced Open Water Diver course takes you one step closer to Master Scuba Diver – the ultimate non professional certification in recreational diving.

With your PADI Instructor you complete the deep and underwater navigation Adventure Dives. These dives boost your confidence as you build these foundational skills. Then, you choose three additional dives from more than 15 Adventure Dives to complete your course. You can go diving at night, check out the local wrecks in the area or even fly through the ocean on a diver propulsion vehicle – all during your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course.


  • Must be a PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization) and 15 years old (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver) 


  • Adventures in Diving Crew-Pak, Adventures in Diving manual and video and logbook


  • Five specialty dives, including Deep Diver, Underwater Navigation, and three optional specialty dives of your choice.  Includes all equipment and materials.


You can choose any three of the following dives to do.  Completion of the dive may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver course.

Deep Dive (Required)
Get certified to dive up to 130 feet deep. Learn about safety stops, and how to avoid "The Bends".

Drift Dive
Learn how to control your navigation while embarking on a drift dive where the current takes you where it wants you to go.

Multi-Level Dive
Learn how to make and execute a multi-level dive plan.

Night Dive
Explore a whole new world beneath the sea.  Learn how to dive at night.

Peak Performance Buoyancy Dive
Develop the skills necessary to perfect your buoyancy and make your dives much crisper and easier.

Search and Recovery Dive
Develop your ability to find and recover things lost underwater.  Search patterns, lift bags, and ways to get things to the surface are explored.

Underwater Naturalist Dive
Learn to identify and understand the underwater ecosystem, including different species and develop an understanding of how they work together in their underwater community.

Underwater Navigation Dive (Required)
Learn how to gauge distance and direction underwater and to make sure you stay on course, and can find the boat afterward.

Underwater Photography
Learn to use underwater cameras to capture beautiful images.