26 August 2010
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course Description:
Exploration, Excitement, Experiences.
They’re what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about and no, you don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed so you can go straight into it after the PADI Open Water Diver course.
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)
- A sampler of three more Adventure Dives of your choice
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. These include Digital Underwater Photography, Night Diving, Peak Pperformance Buoyancy, Dry Suit and much more.
- Get credit! Each Adventure Dive in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver course.
What You Learn
The knowledge and skills you gain in the Advanced Open Water Diver course vary with your interest and the adventures you have, but include:
- 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 get more out of your dive computer and electronic Recreational Dive Planner
- And much, much more - depending on the Adventure Dives you choose
The Scuba Kit You Use
You use all the basic scuba gear including your underwater compass. Depending on which three adventure dives you pick, you may also try out underwater photography equipment, DPVs (underwater scooters), a dive flag/float or other specialty gear.
The Learning Materials You Need
PADI’s Adventures in Diving Manual provides information on more than 16 types of specialty diving. You’ll use this as a guidebook to improve your diving skills and prepare for new experiences and adventures.
Curious about night diving? Flip to the night diving chapter. Once you’ve previewed the skills, your instructor will guide you on your first night diving adventure. Having trouble with Underwater Navigation then sign up for the Navigation Adventure Dive with your PADI Instructor.