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ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER Exploration, Excitement, Experiences.

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course with Dive Force

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)
  • An introduction to 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. You can try your hand at Digital Underwater Photography, Wreck Diving, Night Diving, Search and Recovery and much more.


To take this course, you must be:

  • A PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • 15 years old (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)

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)
  • And much, much more, depending on the Adventure Dives you choose

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 specialty gear.

The Learning Materials You Need

PADI's Adventures in Diving Manual and DVD provide information on more than 15 types of specialty diving.You'll use them as a guidebook to improve your diving skills and prepare for new experiences and adventures.

For all your learning materials and equipment, contact Dive Force.


Dive Selection, Logistics & Cost

The cost of materials is included in the course. The qualification consists of five Adventrue dives, two of which are compulsory: Deep and Navigation.  You can then choose three further dives - see the table opposite. 

Adventure Dives Offered by Dive Force
Choose three adventure dives from the two columns below:
(Age 12+
(Age 10+)
Multilevel and Computer
Age 10+)
Age 10+)
Digital Underwater
(Age 10+)
Peak Performance 
(Age 10+)
(Age 10+)
Search & Recovery
(Age 12+)
Dry Suit
(Age 10+)
(Age 15+)
Enriched Air
(Age 12+)
Surface Marker Buoy
(Age 12+)
Fish Identification
(Age 10+)
Underwater Naturalist
(Age 12+)
(Age 12+)

Popular choices include Dry Suit, Wreck, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Enriched Air and Multilevel Computer Diver. Discuss your choices with your instructor who can help you choose adventure dives that will best suit your planned diving needs.

Logistics: Depending on your choices, your instructior may require to do a pool dive before completing the five adventure dives in open water over two days. 

Cost: £350 includes materials, and all required equipment.

Additional materials:

  • Wall Certificate: £5


Your Next Adventure

After you've tried a specialty in the Advanced Open Water Diver course, you'll probably want to take the Specialty Course and learn more : Taste the fun and adventure

For more information about this or other PADI courses have a chat with one of the Dive Force instructors.