Last Updated on June 12, 2021 by Dan
What does it take to become a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver? For starters, you need to be at least 18 years old and have the skills of an open water diver. This blog post will discuss what steps are involved in this certification process so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not becoming a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver is right for you!
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
A PADI Advanced Open Water Diver is a diver who can dive to 40 meters. With this certification, you will be able to get more out of your diving experience because you’ll have the skills and confidence needed for new experiences like underwater navigation or deep dives.
In order to meet these requirements, we recommend first getting on our schedule for one of our Introduction-to-Diving courses in which students learn all about scuba before they start their full training as an open water diver.
This class includes:
– Get certified by doing a confined water session at least five days prior (up close)
– Learn how to use the diving equipment
– Learn how to dive safely
– Get certified by completing a confined water session at least five days prior (up close)
– Complete four dives, two of which must be deep dives. These can’t be with an instructor and they need to include one night dive.
All certifications are transferable between PADI organizations as long as you provide proof of certification. All students who complete this course will receive: – Open Water Diver Certification Card
– Two year membership with their local PADI Dive Center (or PADI Dive Shop)
– Waterproof logbook
– The Adventure Log (a book for documenting diving adventures)
– Limited edition Storm watch wristwatch to celebrate 20 years of the Advanced Open Water Diver Course. This is a limited edition timepiece that has never been available before and will be retired as soon as they sell out. All students who complete this course with a minimum passing grade of 80% or higher on their final exam will receive an additional certificate, designating them as “PADI Master Scuba Diver.”
After completing your open water diver training you are qualified to dive in all types of conditions and depths up to 18 meters deep without supervision from an instructor.
The PADI Advanced Open Water course is the next step in becoming a dive professional. On this level, you can explore more of what diving has to offer, including some new skills and equipment that will expand your abilities as an open water diver. From getting certified for deeper dives up to 18 meters deep without supervision, to adding Nitrox or Trimix gas mixtures into your arsenal of breathing gas options; the possibilities are endless with these additional certifications!
– Online study guide (English & Spanish)
– Four hours classroom session with instructor plus three supervised ocean dives at different depths over two weeks – depending on location requirements may vary
– 15 Elective Adventure Dives which include Deep Dive, Boat Diver, Underwater Naturalist and other adventure dives
– Advanced Open Water Certification (PADI) after successful completion of course requirements
Prerequisites: PADI Open Water Diving Certificate or qualifying certification from another organization with a comparable skill level.
Minimum Age Requirement – 15 years old; Junior Lifeguard Training is recommended for ages 13-15. Parental consent also required if participant is under 18 years old. Check your local Dive Centre for their requirements and extra costs.
PADI Advanced Open Water Course Outline:
The PADI Advanced Open Water course is the next step for most divers who are looking to broaden their diving skills and experience. The course includes a variety of adventures such as deep dives, boat diver, underwater naturalist and other adventure dives that require more skill level than an introductory dive would demand. Participants will also learn how to plan your own Adventure Dive itinerary while learning about risk management in recreational scuba diving and expedition planning techniques. In addition, 15 elective adventure dives can be chosen from either shore or boat options which include Deep Dives, Underwater Naturalistship (only available on courses at certain locations) Boat Diver and many others! All participants must have completed the PADI Open Water Diving Certificate or qualifying certification from another organization with a comparable skill level.