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
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.
Core Dives required for Advanced Open Water
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Search and Recovery Diver
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.
PADI Adventures in Diving Diver Pak -
Open Water Diver
- 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
Rapid weight loss for more enjoyable diving
- Primary Dive Light
- Back Up Dive Light
- Chemical Light Stick or Tank Light
To find out our next course date please call us at 800-34-SCUBA
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The above course description is general in term. There will be variations on the
course depending on certification agency.