That’s what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. You don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives. You try out different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.
Get credit! Each Adventure Dive may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver Course. If you’ve already taken a specialty diver course, ask your Core94 instructor if you’ve earned credit for an Adventure Dive.
PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old are ready to step up and enroll in an Advanced Open Water Diver course. Young divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives – check with your PADI Instructor.
You’ll plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from a long list of Adventure Dives. There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three, for a total of five dives.
During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving. The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time.
The other knowledge and skills you get vary with your interest and the adventures you have – photography, buoyancy control, fish identification, exploring wrecks and many more.
You can sign up for Advanced Open Water Diver Online – PADI’s eLearning option – to start now.
The web-based system lets you learn about seven of the most popular Adventures Dives – including the required Deep and Underwater Navigation Adventure Dives, plus Boat, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Naturalist and Wreck Adventure Dives. You study at your own pace through an easy to use, interactive program. You also have access to an online version of the Adventures in Diving manual and can complete sections for other Adventure Dives as directed by your PADI Instructor.
You can also choose to read the Adventures in Diving manual and watch the Adventures in Diving video (a book and DVD package) which have for sale at Core94 Watersports. You now just need to come into Core94 Watersports to enroll in the course, get your materials and start learning. Your Core94 PADI Instructor will meet with you to schedule knowledge review sessions along with your Adventure Dives.
Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a compass and dive knife or dive tool. You’ll also use specialised gear depending on the Adventure Dives you choose. For example, you’d obviously use a dry suit for the Dry Suit Adventure Dive or a sidemount configuration during the Sidemount Adventure Dive. Your Core94 PADI Instructor will explain the equipment that you need and may suggest additional gear, such as dive light for night diving or lift bag for search and recovery diving.
Transport to dive sites plus you will need to purchase or have your own diving gloves.
The full PADI Advanced Open Water course can typically be completed in three days, we normally do two dives one Saturday then another two on another Saturday, this then leave you one dive to do at a time to be organised in the future such as a Night Dive on a Wednesday evening.
The course has five dives within it, you have three core dives which must be done, these are the Deep Dive (typically anywhere between 18-30 meters) the Underwater Navigation Dive and for us on the North East Coast of Scotland you must do Dry Suit as you first diver if you have not done it already.
You then have another 3 dives to choose from and this could include :
Aware Fish ID
Digital Underwater Photographer
Enriched Air Diver
Multilevel and Computer Diver
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Search and Recovery Diver
There is a corresponding Knowledge Review for each Adventure dive, that you will complete and then review with your Core94 instructor. We strongly reccommend the Peak Performance Buoyancy dive, as it is the dive where you see the most immediate improvement in your comfort and control underwater, even if you are an experienced diver.
The PADI Advanced Open Water course includes dives that benefit from the extended bottom time from Enriched Air Nitrox. For example, at 33 meters/110 feet (the maximum depth of our two wrecks), you can reach a maximum bottom time of 25 minutes on EANx32 (32% O2, 68% N2), as opposed to a mere 16 minutes on air (21% O2, 79% N2).
|PADI Course||Course Cost|
|Junior Advanced Open Water||£350.00|
|Adult Advanced Open Water||£350.00|
|Additional 6th Dive on 3rd Day of Diving For Dry Suit Speciality||£ 50.00|
|Additional academic session For Nitrox Diver Speciality Course||£ 50.00|
|Additional academic session For Equipment Speciality Course||£ 50.00|