PADI Advanced Open Water Course

Exploration, Excitement, Experiences... 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 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.

Get credit! Each Adventure Dive may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding Specialty Diver Course. If you’ve already taken a specialty diver course, ask your instructor if you’ve earned credit for an Adventure Dive.

This course consists of 5 dives over 2 days.  Course price includes PADI Advanced Open Water Workbook or eLearning which needs to be completed before the dive weekend. Equipment is not included.


(Choose One)

Traditional Independent Study (Book/Video) and 5 dives: $299


eLearning (online academics) and 5 dives: $379

2018 Weekend PADI Advanced Open Water Courses,  Monterey:

Nov. 3rd & 4th

Dec 8th & 9th

All dives will be conducted from the shore. Conducting two dives from a boat for an additional $129 may be a possibility. Inquire with your instructor if this interests you.


Sign up for Advanced Open Water with eLearning here:

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Sign up for Advanced Open Water Independent study with workbook here:

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What are Advanced Open Water Prerequisites?

  • An Open Water Diver certification from any recognized international certification agency
  • Minimum age: 15 (12 for Wallin’s PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)

What do I need?

  • A book, or you can take the PADI Online Advanced Open Water Academics.
  • Snorkeling gear suitable for scuba diving. (Regulator, tank, weights, BCD, are available to rent)
  • Compass (Available to rent)
  • Dive knife or dive tool

What Will I 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 (> 60ft) and Underwater Navigation – and three elective dives, for a total of five dives over two days. Elective dives are usually three of the following: Peak Performance Bouyancy, Night, Underwater Naturalist, Boat, Drysuit, and Enriched Air Nitrox.

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.

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

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What's next?

Once you've become an Advanced Open Water Diver, your education is just beginning.  Why not take on a new challenge with one of these Scuba Specialty Certifications?