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Advanced Open Water Diver

Why Advanced Open Water Diver?

The Adventures in Diving program offers both the Adventure Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver certifications. If you complete any three adventure dives, you can earn your PADI Adventure Diver certification. If you complete your Deep Adventure Dive, Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive and three Adventure Dives for a total of five, you can earn your Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

Why PADI Open Water?

After your five dives, you'll be more experienced, feel more comfortable in the water and simply enjoy diving more because you better understand the underwater environment.

What do I need to start?

  • PADI Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Minimum age: 15 (12 for PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)
  • Advanced Open Water Divers must provide their own gear (rental gear is available). A surface signaling device and a knife are also required.

What will I do?

This certification includes five Adventure Dives, including the Deep Adventure Dive, the Underwater Navigator Adventure Dive and three of the following:

Boat Diver Enriched Air Diver Peak Performance Buoyancy
Digital Underwater Photographer Fish Identification Search and Recovery Diver
Diver Propulsion Vehicle Multilevel Diver Underwater Naturalist
Drift Diver Night Diver  

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How long will it take?

  • Recommended Course Hours: 15
  • Minimum Open Water Training: five dives over two days

What will I need?

  • Adventures in Diving Crew-Pak
  • Log Book

Where can I go from here?

PADI Advanced Open Water Divers may continue on to the PADI Rescue Diver or Junior Rescue Diver course. PADI Advanced Dives can also credit towards the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver certifications. Stop by the Scuba Station for more information on the PADI Adventures In Diving program.

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