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ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER Exploration, Excitement, Experiences.

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course

Exploration, Excitement, Experiences. They are what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. The course is  designed so you can go straight into it after the PADI Open Water Diver course.
The Advanced Open Water Course will help develop your already learnt skills, including teaching you a few new ones. It will help give you the confidence and independence in you future diving.

PADI Advanced Open Water Divers Are Qualified To:

  • Dive with a buddy that is Advanced Open Water or higher, to a maximum depth of 30 metres / 98 feet (21 metres / 68 feet for Junior Advanced Open Waters)
  • Using the specialities learnt, undergo a variety of dive objectives
  • Obtain air fills, rent or purchase scuba equipment and participate in other diving activities as long as they have the required supervision
  • Continue their dive training with a speciality dive (Adventure Dive), in the PADI Adventures in Diving program or in PADI Speciality courses
  • Dive with a buddy independent of supervision while applying the knowledge and skills they learn in this course, within the limits of their training and experience.
  • Plan, conduct and log open water no stop (no decompression) dives when properly equipped and when accompanied by a buddy in conditions with which they have training and/or experience.

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

You'll hone your skills by completing five Adventure dives that introduce you to:

  • Underwater navigation
  • Deeper water diving (typically anywhere from 18-30 metres/ 60-100 feet)
  • An introduction to three more Adventure Dives of your choice


To take this course, you must be:

  • Participants must be at least 15 years old (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)
  • To be qualified as a PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization) with 5 open water dives or more
  • Before participants take part they must fill out Galaxsea's Application and Medical Forms 

What You Learn

The knowledge and skills you get in the Advanced Open Water 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)
  • Knowledge Development (online, home study or in a classroom ) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
  • Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!
  • Preventing a variety of problems underwater
  • And much, much more, depending on the Adventure Dives you choose

The Fun Part: Your Choice

One reason you'll love the Advanced Open Water 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, Night Diving, Search, and Recovery, even learn about marine life and much, much more. The course allows being bent around you, so that you learn, what you want to learn!
So Just go and have fun!

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all the basic scuba gear including your underwater compass. Depending on which three adventure dives you pick, you may also be introduced to underwater photography equipment, a dive light, lift bags, a dive flag/float or other speciality gear.

However, you may want to invest in your own mask, snorkel, and fins since these personal items are a lot more fun to use when they fit properly.
You may also want to wear a scuba wetsuit to enhance the comfort and relaxation of course and diving in general.

Already have your own equipment? Maybe you have a mask or fins? GREAT! feel free to bring it along. Anything you don't have, or might need, we have here at Galaxsea.

The Learning Materials You Need

PADI's Adventures in Diving Manual and DVD provide information on more than 15 types of speciality diving.You'll use them as a guidebook to improve your diving skills and prepare for new experiences and adventures.
The materials provide a comprehensive overview of all the scuba diving skills, terminology and safety procedures. For each concept, you'll read a description and watch a video demonstration. Once you're a certified diver, use the course materials as a reference guide for future diving adventures.

Your Next Adventure

After you've tried a speciality in the Advanced Open Water Diver course, you'll probably want to take the Speciality Course and learn more! Just because you learnt some of the specialities does not mean you can't go any further, if there was anything else you wanted to learn but were not able to, you can still go give it a go! See also the PADI Rescue Diver!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!