Advanced Open Water Diver

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver is a course made for certified divers looking forward to advancing their knowledge and diving skills.


Advanced Open Water Diver

You'll be trained to scuba dive at a maximum depth of 30m/100ft and 21m/68ft for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver. Your Instructor will teach you underwater navigation, deep diving and make you try three specialty dives that interest you. By the end of the course, you'll gain more confidence and experience to face new adventures.

After completing the scuba diving training, you are going to receive your internationally recognized PADI scuba certification that allows you to discover new environments, conditions or equipment.
Your scuba diving training includes all the necessary scuba diving equipment, refreshments between dives and insurance.

About the course

Course structure

The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course consists of two phases:

  • Knowledge development (5 theoretical modules carried out through eLearning);

  • 5 dives to practice the skills and explore different dive sites, with 2 mandatory dives (Deep Dive up to 30m/100ft and Underwater Navigation Diver. Then, you can choose 3 more different adventure dives).


PADI eLearning time commitment: 6-8 hours

Entire course: 2 days

You will learn how to

  • Gain more diving experience
  • Practice navigation
  • Sample different types of diving
  • Improve your buoyancy
  • Use a compass
  • Explore up to 30m/100ft

General information

Minimum age: 12 years or older (divers certified between the ages of 12-14 earn a Junior Advanced Open Water Diver certification and automatically become Advanced Open Water Divers at age 15);

Course prerequisites: Open Water Diver, Junior Open Water Dive, or qualifying entry-level certification;

Health prerequisites: medically fit for diving;

Depth: the maximum depth is up to 30m/100ft and 21m/68ft for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver.


Frequently asked questions

Advanced Open Water vs Rescue Diver: what's the difference?

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The Advanced Open Water Diver and the Rescue Diver courses are very different.

The Advanced Open Water Diver is all about going further and increasing your skill level in scuba diving after completing your Open Water Diver. On the other hand, the Rescue Diver course teaches you to recognize and respond to dive emergencies.

What is peak performance buoyancy?

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Neutral buoyancy is when you neither sink nor float and is as close to zero gravity as you can get on earth. You will discover how to control your buoyancy during the Advanced Open Water Diver course. And if you want to expand your knowledge and practice more, try the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Course!