Advanced Open Water Diver

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course

This course can be taken after completing the PADI Open Water Diver certification. It’s titled PADI Advanced Open Water Diver because it advances your diving knowledge & skills. The course includes your academic materials, knowledge review sessions, and open water dives. Current prices and fees are located in the PADI Dive Training Tab.


The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course is scheduled over a two day period. It consists of five open water dives conducted over two open water sessions. A typical course agenda would be:

Day 1, Morning:  Debrief Knowledge Reviews. Conduct dives 1, 2, and 3.

Day 1, Afternoon: Debrief dives 1, 2, and 3. Brief dives 4 and 5.

Day 2, Morning: Open Water Dives 4 and 5. After dives debrief.


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 five 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.


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.


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. Prior to beginning your Advanced training your instructor will discuss with you in more detail about the gear you will need to start your adventures in the Advanced Open Water Diver course.


Call or email us to sign up for the Advanced Open Water Diver Course. You have two options:

Option 1 – 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 Advanced Open Water Diver manual and can complete sections for other Adventure Dives as directed by your PADI Instructor.

Option 2 – You can choose to read the Advanced Open Water Diver manual and watch the Advanced Open Water Diver video (a book and DVD package). When you call or email Key Largo Dive Center we will enroll you in the course and get your materials in the mail so that you can start learning. Our staff will work with you to schedule knowledge review sessions along with your Adventure Dives.


To begin your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver training you need to be a PADI Open Water Diver (or 12 years old and a Junior Open Water Diver) or have an equivalent certification from another agency.