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PADI Advanced Open Water

Minimum Age



2 Days

About the Course

The Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about advancing your skills.

You'll improve your knowledge using e-learning before we hit the water. This package is full of content, videos and can be accessed on any device (even offline).

When it's time for your course we'll practice navigation and buoyancy, try deep diving and make three specialty taster dives of your choosing (it's like a specialty sampler platter). For every specialty dive you complete, you can earn credit toward PADI® specialty certifications. Whilst these are not the full specialities it gives you some solid experience, helps you improve your diving and allows you to try different specialities of interest.

Out of the 5 adventures dives you'll complete Deep and Navigation as standard. You can then pick 3 elective adventure dives from the below:

Adaptive Support, Delayed Surface Marker Buoy, Dive Against Debris, Dry Suit, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Search & Recovery, Rescue and Wreck Diver.

If you enjoy these taster adventure dives then make sure you speak to us about doing the full speciality. Remember these adventure dives to do not qualify you for respective limits / activities of these specialities. For example to dive to 40m you must complete the Deep Speciality course OR to dive on a wreck you must complete the Wreck Speciality course etc.

Why take this course

Gain more diving experience

Practice navigation

Sample different types of diving

Try out a variety of speciality course samples

Improve your diving skills

What you'll learn

To explore below 18m and begin seeing new worlds below your previous depth limit

Improve your buoyancy through practice, increased dives and time with your PADI Pro

How to better use a compass and begin learning the fundamental points of underwater navigation

To love new aspects of diving and to plan your next Speciality dive.

Course Prerequisites 

You must be at least 15 years old. Due to our location and sites used we cannot currently enrol anyone under this age onto most of our courses. Please speak to us about alternative options for younger divers.

You must already be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver or qualifying entry-level certification from another recognised agency (please speak to us before booking)

Equipment & Extra Cost

By this stage you should have your own dive gear. Only hire weights and cylinders are included in the course cost. If you need to borrow other equipment we charge £15 per person/per course for complete kit hire.

Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you'll learn to use specialized gear depending on the Adventure Dives you choose.

We offer discount on TUSA, Waterproof, TovaTec and Beaver Sports gear and equipment. We can have this ready for you ahead of your course. Chat to us before hand to discover what we have in stock or to order in your preferred colour!

After the course...

During the Advanced Open Water course, you'll try different types of specialty diving and discover your diving aptitude and interests. As an added bonus, each dive you make may be credited toward the related specialty certification.

For example, if you try wreck diving during your Advanced Open Water course and like it, you can credit that dive towards Wreck Diver specialty certification.

Want to improve your confidence and become a better dive buddy? Sign up for the PADI Rescue Diver course.

With each certification you earn, you'll be one step closer to earning the elite Master Scuba Diver rating.

Medical Requirements

Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Certain health conditions, medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a doctor before diving.

Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a doctor’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. You can find this on the About page of our website under 'key info'. Only medical professionals can give clearance to dive. In the case of the UK this is a specialist area and you may need to speak to a HSE Approved Medical Examiners of Divers (AMEDs)

If you (or your doctor) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN) or a HSE AMED.

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