PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

Excitement, experience and exploration is what the Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. You don’t have to be “advanced” to take this course. It is designed so that you can go straight into it after the Open Water Diver course. The idea is to build on what you have already learned and gain more experience under the supervision of an instructor. You’ll extend your maximum depth to 100′ and gain experience in different types of diving such as night and wreck.

This course consists of 5 dives and can be completed in one weekend, on one of our trips south or you can collect up the dives over time.


Course: $299 + manual $84 or you can do the eLearning $186

Taxes, equipment, charter fees, transportation, fills and accommodations are not included.

Start your eLearning for the PADI Advanced Open Water today!

What You’ll Learn

The PADI Advanced Open Water course requires 2 mandatory dives and 3 electives.

The 2 mandatory dives are:

  • Deep Dive: this dive introduces you to the basic skills you’ll need to dive to 100 feet; this is a mandatory dive
  • Underwater Navigation: this dive introduces you to more ways to use your underwater compass, how to navigate using kick-cycles, natural navigation and time; this is the second mandatory dive.

You have many choices for your elective dives. Some of the most popular ones include:

  • Peak Performance Buoyancy: gain more experience with buoyancy control, as well as anti-silting finning techniques such as the frog kick, which not only prevents you from kicking up the bottom, but also requires less energy and therefore improves your air consumption rate.
  • Night Dive: the night life on the reef is quite different than during the day; learn how to use your lights and other skills required to safely enjoy night diving.
  • Wreck Dive: We are in the middle of the Great Lakes which is the fresh water wreck capital of the world. You’ll learn how to safely dive around wrecks and identify points of interest as well as potential hazards.
  • Search and Recovery Dive: This dive builds on your navigation skills to locate lost objects underwater and adds the use of proper knot tying and lift bag use to bring them to the surface safely.
  • Computer Dive: how to better use your dive computer to plan and run your dives.
  • Drift Dive: diving in a current is exhilarating and relaxing at the same time since you’re just going with the flow; learn how to deploy a surface marker buoy so that you’re visible on the surface as well as the logistics of executing a drift dive from shore.
  • Enriched Air Nitrox: learn how to use enriched air nitrox to extend your no-decompression limit time.

What You’ll Need


To start your PADI Advanced Open Water course, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold an Open Water Diver certification from PADI or a similar certification from another recognized scuba diver training organization.
  • Be 15 years or older (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)

In addition to your scuba equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, BCD, regulator and tanks), you will need:

  • a cutting tool such as a dive knife
  • underwater slates

You may also need the following, depending on the location where you’ll be diving and the type of dives you choose for your Advanced Open Water course:

  • surface marker buoy and reel (for Drift Dive)
  • underwater light and tank marker light (for Night Dive)

If you don’t own your equipment we have great packages to get you geared up. Checkout our online store or come drop by shop to get suited up. We also have rentals available at reasonable rates.

Upcoming Group Trips

Do your Advanced Open Water certification on one of these trips:

Upcoming Courses – Local

These are local courses that we run through the summer:

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