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Advanced Open Water Diver

Move up a level and learn about different aspects of diving.


This Advanced Open Water Diver course is made up of 5 dives, called Adventure Dives. They advance your diving knowledge and open the door to different aspects of diving. Each dive is the first one in a PADI Speciality course.

What happens?

The Advanced Open Water Diver course normally only lasts 2 days. There are 2 compulsory dives and 3 elective dives. There is, of course, a manual. You only need to read the chapters on the areas you are interested in, but feel free to read it all and learn more than is necessary to finish the course.

Adventure Diver

It is possible to do only 3 Adventure Dives and take an Adventure Diver qualification. This is not the same as the Advanced Open Water Diver, which requires you complete 5 dives and the knowledge reviews (bookwork) that go with each dive.

Dive Options

You must do a Deep dive and an Underwater Navigation dive. The other 3 can be chosen from: Altitude, AWARE - Fish Identification, Boat, Diver Propulsion Vehicle, Drift, Dry Suit, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Search & Recovery, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Photography, Underwater Videography, Wreck

PADI eLearning

Complete the Theory through PADI E-Learning and spend more time diving on your holiday! You will be able to complete all 5 sessions at your leisure whether in the evenings or even during your lunch break! Once you have completed the course online you will get an E-Learning completion form that you will need to bring with you to complete your course. This means more time diving and less time studying so you can really enjoy your holiday! The fee you pay to PADI for this service includes the cost of the manual and the certification.

Typical Day

Advanced Open Water Diver using a compass to navigate

Day One Introduction

We meet at the dive centre at 9am. We'll go through some paperwork and a medical form before showing you around the dive centre and introducing your instructor. You'll start with a chat and we'll see if a check dive or Scuba Review is needed. We'll get you started on the course ASAP. We recommend Peak Performance Buoyancy and a Night dive. You'll probably do Navigation on the first day. You do get a lunch break - diving can make you hungry. You will be finished by 4pm. You'll have some homework of reading the manual, ready for the next day.

Advanced Open Water Diver descending into the Canyon

Day Two Canyon & Blue Hole

One of the great things about the Advanced Open Water Diver course is you get to dive the two most famous sites in Dahab. The Canyon has a bottom at 30m which makes it ideal for the deep dive. The Bells to Blue Hole is a deep dive that is great for fish spotting or Multilevel diving or Drift diving.

By the end of the Advanced Open Water Diver course you will be qualified to dive to 30m with a buddy, in conditions similar to those you learnt in. You may need further training if diving in different conditions. The next step is to do the PADI Rescue Diver course.

10 and 11 year olds may qualify for Adventure Diver, but not Advanced Open Water Diver. There are some of the dive options that are not open to them. 12-14 year olds may earn a Junior Advanced Open Water certification that qualifies them to dive to 21m.

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