PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course
DATES: Courses run every month and are completed in one weekend
LOCATIONS: Wraysbury, Chepstow and Shoreham-by-Sea
The PADI Advanced Open Water course builds on the skills you learn't during your open water course. It provides adventure, fun and lets you try out different types of dives, making it one of the most exciting dive courses you can do. You’ll complete 5 adventure dives over the weekend that will make you a better, more controlled diver which should make you safer, more comfortable and confident in the water.
You don’t need to be an “advanced” diver to start the course as it is designed so that you can go straight in to it after your PADI Open Water course.
Under the direct supervision of one of our professional PADI instructors you will complete a deep dive, learn to navigate and complete three additional adventure dives such as dry suit, underwater photography, drift dive off a boat, full face mask, peak performance buoyancy, wreck dive and SMB.
Once you’ve completed the PADI Advanced Open Water course you will be qualified to dive around the world to 30m (100 feet) and you’ll have the qualification for life. This opens up a whole new world of dive sites that are out of the reach of open water divers.
The Fun Part: Your Choice
One reason you'll love the Advanced Open Water Diver course is that you and your instructor choose from several types of Adventure Dives to complete your course. You can try your hand at digital underwater photography, diving on a wreck, peak performance buoyancy and much more.
Each Adventure Dive in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is credited towards the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver course. Complete 5 Specialties and you could become a MASTER SCUBA DIVER.
To enroll in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course, you must be:
A PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
15 years old (or 12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)
The Dive Sites
Our Advanced Open Water course is conducted at Wraysbury on the Saturday, on Sunday the remaing two dives take place in Chepstow (between December and April) and off a dive boat in Shoreham by Sea (an hour from London) between May and November.
Wraysbury is a very safe inland lake specifically for scuba divers. It is relatively shallow so is perfect for practicing learning to use a dry suit, fine tuning your buoyancy and learning to navigate.
Chepstow is the deepest inland dive site in the UK and can be dived all year round and in all weather conditions. Fed by natural springs, the water is crystal clear and there are many underwater attractions such as helicopters, planes and troop carriers. Also look out for the 2 foot trout that hang out by the pontoon!
Chepstow is the perfect venue to complete your Advanced Open Water course where you can enjoy the many wrecks including troop carriers, helicopters, aircraft and buses. The lake is also home to the UK's longest zip wire and has a bungee jump if you really want to get the adrenaline pumping.
Boat Dive, Shoreham by Sea
Nothing quite beats diving in the sea. Sussex is home to some historical wrecks and has some stunning marine life. Boat diving is also great fun and lets you get to places you can't normally access from land. There is an additional £50 fee payable for the boat dive which covers the boat charter, skipper and fuel.
21st May - 10am
25th June - 9am
23rd July - 8am
27th August - 10am
24th September - 10.30am
29th October - 8am
26th November - 11.30am
What You Learn
The knowledge and skills you get in the Advanced Open Water Diver course vary with your interest and the adventures you have, but include
Practical aspects of deep diving
Physiological effects of deeper scuba diving.
More ways to use your underwater compass
How to navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time
How to better use your dive computer and electronic Recreational Dive PlannerTM (eRDPTM)
And much, much more, depending on the Adventure Dives you choose
The Scuba Gear You Use
You use all the basic scuba gear including an underwater compass. Depending on which three adventure dives we choose, you may also try out underwater photography equipment, dry suit, lift bags, a dive flag/float or other specialty gear.
The Learning Materials You Need
PADI's Adventures in Diving Online Manual provides you with information on more than 16 types of specialty diving.You'll use them as a guidebook to improve your diving skills and prepare for new experiences and adventures. For an additional fee you can sign up to the e-learning course - please call us for details.
Your Next Adventure
After you've tried a specialty in the Advanced Open Water Diver course, you'll probably want to take the complete some specialty courses and learn even more: Boat diving, deep diving, drift diving, dry suit diving, multilevel and computer diving, night diving, peak performance buoyancy, search and recovery, underwater nature study, underwater navigation, underwater photography, underwater videography and wreck diving.
Others prefer to go on to complete their Rescue Diver course where they learn about preventing problems and what to do if an emergency arises.