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PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Certification

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Participants Must be at least 12 years old

Advance Your Possibilities!

When you first became interested in diving, your primary focus was most likely on getting your Open Water Diver certification. You soon realized, however, that trying to be a “real” scuba diver with nothing more than a beginner diver certification is like trying to compete in the job market with an elementary school education. It is just not enough.

That’s why there is an Advanced Open Water Diver course. It introduces you to critical knowledge and skills that beginner courses don’t have time to cover.


  • Gain additional open water experience under the guidance and supervision of a knowledgeable instructor.
  • Receive an introduction to a variety of specialty diving activities and dive from shore and from a boat.
  • Take your recommended depth rating from 60 to 100 feet.
  • Meet an important prerequisite for Rescue, Divemaster and Assistant Instructor training, as well as for a number of Specialty Diver courses, such as Underwater Navigation and Deep Diving. If your ultimate goal is to earn the prestigious Master Scuba Diver rating, this course is your starting point.
  • Qualify to take part in a number of diving activities in which participation is limited to “Advanced Divers Only.”

Despite the fact it is designed to be taken immediately after completing the Open Water Diver course, there are some substantial differences between the beginner course and the Advanced Open Water Diver course.

  • Where the focus of the beginner course is to develop fundamental knowledge and skills, the Advanced Open Water Diver course focuses primarily on introducing you to a variety of fun and enjoyable specialty diving activities.
  • The beginner course follows a single, standardized curriculum. In the Advanced Open Water Diver course, you get to design your own curriculum — just like choosing electives in college.