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Fun, Exploration, Excitement 

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 different Adventure Dives. You try out different types of diving called, "specialties",  while gaining experience under the supervision of your Scuba Instructor. You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.

Who should take this course?

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 – check with your PADI Instructor.

What will you learn?

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. Talk with us about what specialty instruction dives are offered.

You may be able to get college credit for the Advanced Open Water Diver course.

How can you start learning now?

You can sign up for the Advanced Open Water Diver Online – PADI’s eLearning option portion with us – 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 your Scuba Instructor.

You can also choose to read the Adventures in Diving manual and watch the Adventures in Diving video (a book and DVD package). Contact us to get your materials and start learning. Your Scuba Instructor will meet with you to schedule knowledge review sessions along with your Adventure Dives.

What scuba gear will you use?

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. All specialized gear is provided for your use during your course!



Fun is only the begining.

“Fun and exciting! Thank you so much for such a great course! I was so proud to receive my certification. You are the best!”

Susan Ayers, Bar Harbor, ME

Learning about our marine environement!

“You're the best. I learned so much.”

— Randy Philbrook, Bangor, ME

Pride in accomplishment.

“We had so much fun and are so excited to have had our advanced open water diver course with you. Absolutely wonderful.”

Phil and Sonia Whitmore, Hampden, ME




Your adventure continues...

Talk with us about the diving possibilities that await you. Let's jump in together. All additional equipment and supplies beyond the basic scuba gear is included for your use during your course at no additional cost for fee. Your Advanced Open Water Diver course fee is: $365.00