The Advanced Open Water Diver Course (AOW) is the next step in learning
advanced skills directly applicable to scuba diving. Frequently,
an AOW card is just the ticket to diving at a variety of more sites.
For example, we have heard that several places in the Philippines,
Malaysia, and Australia who would not let you dive at certain, more
advanced sites, unless you had the AOW or above certification. The
reason is that the operators don't want to risk putting OW divers
into certain advanced level dive conditions such as currents or
deep, blue water, environments. They know that PADI AOW certified
divers have the skills and experience necessary for such sites.
There are a total of 5 dives necessary to complete the course. The
required 2 Core dives are Deep and Underwater Navigation. You can
choose the remaining 3 Adventure Dives. This course is for newly
certified divers as well as divers with more experience who wish
to expand their knowledge and practical skills. Also, if you don't
have enough time to complete the full AOW course, the Adventure
Diver rating is awarded after completion after any 3 Adventure Dives.
Dives required for Advanced Open Water
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Search and Recovery
For those who want to complete the course over a weekend, we suggest
the following sequence of Adventure Dives: Dive 1: Underwater Navigation
or Underwater Naturalist, Dive 2: Underwater Photography or Peak
Performance Buoyancy, Dive 3: Night (3 dives the first day), then
Deep and Photography (2 dives the second day).
Most people do the course in a weekend, but you can proceed at your
own pace. For example, if you are doing a 2 tank fun dive trip,
you can do an Adventure Dive on the 1st or 2nd dive and just do
a fun dive on the other. You can finish the course within a year
of starting the course.
Why should you take the Advanced Open Water Course?
Open Water Divers have learned the basics, the "how"
of diving. After a few dives, there is a need to expand that dive
knowledge and learn practical skills which can increase your enjoyment
of diving. Ever surface far away from the boat and have a long surface
swim back? With the Navigation dive, you will learn how to prevent
that situation, using compass as well as natural navigational aids
to assist in your underwater journey. For deep diving, there are
special concerns, and as an Open Water Diver, you are certified
to dive 18 meters/60 feet. After completing the AOW course, that
level is extended to 30 meters/100 feet.
Other Adventure Dives are for you to explore other aspects of diving,
such as concentrating on underwater life, plants, fish, invertebrates
during the Underwater Naturalist dive. The Peak Performance Buoyancy
Dive we will show and aid you in diving with less weight. Where
else can you lose 8 pounds in one afternoon. Peak Performance Buoyancy
will help you on the path to mastery of the hardest skill in diving.
Underwater Photography will teach you the skills to learn how to
capture those dive memories on film or video. We have digital cameras
so that you can gain instant feedback and see your underwater photos.
Want to make your own diving web page? This is the way to do it!
Not Sure? Try Adventure Dives
If you aren't sure if you want to get the complete AOW
certification, there is a great way to get more guided experience
in what you are interested in. For example, we start with your choice
of Adventure Dive. When you complete 3 Adventure Dives, you earn
the Adventure Diver certification, and once you complete the 2 core
dives and 3 Adventure Dives, you earn the AOW certification.
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- Dive One Navigation Dive
Focus: Finding your way around underwater
- Dive Two Deep Dive
Focus: Learning how to plan and conduct deep dives
- Dive Three Night Dive
Focus: Advanced Night Diving Procedures
- Dive Four Underwater Naturalist Dive
Focus: Introduction to learning about underwater life
- Dive Five Peak Performance Dive
Focus: Rapid weight loss for more enjoyable diving
- Primary Dive Light
- Back Up Dive Light
- Chemical Light Stick or Tank Light
- Dive Knife
To find out our next course date please call us
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The above course description is general in term.
There will be variations on the course depending on certification