Your next adventure - PADI


Want to widen your horizons?

Now when your main door to the world of diving is open, it is the right time for new exciting experiences, which will give you more opportunities to explore the underwater world.That’s what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. 

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is designed to advance your diving and you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification. This dive course will help you, to build confidence and expand your diving skills while gaining experience through different Adventure Dives. 

Each dive raises a curtain to new diving dimensions, where you can get a taste of a new adventure under my supervision as your PADI Instructor, to understand what type of dive is most interesting for you and how you can make your diving experience even more enjoyable. The complete dive course will be conducted from the boat.

Who can take the PADI

Advanced Open Water Diver course?

PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old are ready to step up and enroll in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course. Young divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives, this we can check together, to find out what, would be the best choice from the available options. 

If you’re already a PADI Adventure Diver, you only need to complete two more Adventure Dives to earn the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

Note: For safety, all PADI students must complete a brief medical before attending the course.

If none of the listed conditions apply, you sign the form and you’re ready to start.

Download the Medical Statement and Questionnaire (pdf), to know more details.

  • • Children aged 10-11 years can earn the PADI Junior Adventure Diver certification.
  • • Children aged 12-14 years can earn the PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver certification.
  • • For the divers 15 years and older - PADI Advanced Open Water Certification.

What will you learn during this

PADI dive course?

Your new adventure with 5 different dives starts right here.

As a part of your dive course you will learn “Thinking Like a Diver” skill, which is so important for your future dive adventures. Let’s use this new skill together when choosing another three dives of your learning path for this dive course, from a list of Adventure Dives.

There are so many different options available, depending on your interests and advantages of local dive environment. There are so many things to consider and that's where the fun begins.

How can you start learning today?

What about Eco-Friendly learning, for example PADI eManual?

No paper, no shipping, eco-friendly modern way of learning.

Enroll in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course online – PADI’s eLearning option – and you can start learning immediately. The web-based system lets you learn about seven of the most popular Adventures Dives – including the required Deep Dive and Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive, plus Boat, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Naturalist and Wreck Adventure Dives.

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Online gives you the solid background information you need to advance your diving skills and allows you to study at your own pace through an interactive computer-based program.

The theory can either be conducted in an online training as it is described above, or the classic version of the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Manual.  You have a flexible schedule for  conducting your knowledge reviews, we will check your progress together and make sure you got the important scuba diving knowledge needed for PADI Advanced Open Water Diver level.

What diving equipment will you use?

Beyond using basic diving equipment, you’ll need a compass and dive knife/dive tool. You’ll also use specialized equipment, depending on the Adventure Dives we will choose together. For example, you’d definitely use a dive lamp for the Night Adventure Dive or lifting bag during the Search and Recovery Adventure Dive. I, your PADI Instructor, will explain the equipment that you need and may suggest additional gear if necessary.

Pool Training

Pool training in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course  is not required  for most of the adventure dives, but there are still some exceptions, for example rebreather or dry suit  Adventure Dives. We will find out together, what are the dive requirements  for particular Adventure Dive.

Open Water Training

In the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course there are two dives which are required: Deep dive and Underwater Navigation dive.

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 – photography, buoyancy control, fish identification, exploring wrecks, night dive, drift dive, search and recovery dive and many more.

How deep you can dive with the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification?

The maximum depth may vary depending on your age.

If you are 15 years or older, your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification allows you to dive up to 30m maximum depth. 

For children aged 12-14 years, PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver certification allows them to dive up to 21m maximum depth. 

Certified PADI Junior Adventure Diver aged 10-11 years may dive up to a 12m maximum depth.

Your PADI AOWD certification

As you are eco-friendly and environmentally aware diver, when all requirements of the course are met, I would offer to you to process your certification  directly through the PADI online processing centre (instead of envelope version by mail). In that case you will receive temporary  certification card by email straight away.

Next step for you would be to download your PADI app, so you can have access to your PADI eCard  at any time.

There can be other options as well, which we can discuss and find out together what is the best for you.

What materials do you need for this

PADI AOWD dive course?

  • • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Manual (paper version,  eLearning)
  • • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Multipurpose Data Carrier during open water dives. 
  • • Log book 


  • • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Video to view
  • • PADI Specialty Diver Manuals and videos

Looking for more options?

If you are short of time the PADI Adventure Diver course can be a suitable option for you. This dive course will take only 1 day/3 dives.

Have you partially completed your training with another Instructor or you’ve already taken a PADI Specialty Diver course? Let’s find out together, if you’ve earned credit for an Adventure Dive.

A private PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is available under request.

Contact me, to discuss the requirements and available options for completing your dive course.

How to start:

  • • Sign up for PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course online and start learning today.

  • • Enroll in a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course.

Are you already a PADI AOWD

and ready for the next adventure?

There is always a way to explore and learn more, enhancing your skill and comfort level, making diving even more fun.

Get credit!

Each PADI Adventure Dive may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver course.

The PADI Rescue Diver Course is for those who would like to continue diving as a career and for those who want to widen their horizons.

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