The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about making your diving better. It’s designed to advance your diving to a higher level. So you can start right after taking your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The course is designed to help build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives. You try out different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision of our fully qualified PADI Instructors. You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.
Get your 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 our instructors 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. Basically anybody who has taken an Open Water Course – check with our PADI Instructors.
If you’re already an Adventure Diver, you only need to complete two more Adventure Dives to earn the Advanced Open Water Diver certification.
You will plan your learning path with our instructors 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 may be able to get college credit for the Advanced Open Water Diver course.
Sign up for Advanced Open Water Diver Online – PADI’s eLearning option – to get started immediately. 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 our PADI Instructors.
You can also choose to read the Adventures in Diving manual and watch the Adventures in Diving video (a book and DVD package). Stop by Jomtien Dive Center to enroll in the course, get your materials and start learning. Our 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 specialized gear depending on the Adventure Dives you choose. For example, you’d obviously use a Compass for the Underwater Navigator Adventure Dive or a side-mount configuration during the Side-mount Adventure Dive. Our PADI Instructors 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.
Visit Jomtien Dive Center to learn more about the gear you will need to start your adventures in the Advanced Open Water Diver course.
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Sign up for Advanced Open Water Diver Online and start learning right away.
Enroll in a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course at Jomtien Dive Center.
Check out a PADI Specialty Diver course.
Browse our available PADI Courses.
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