Advanced Open Water Diver

Who Should Take This Course?


Just completed your PADI Openwater Course or your PADI Adventure Diver 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 PADI Specialty Diver Course. If you’ve already taken a specialty diver course, ask your instructor if you’ve earned credit for an Adventure Dive


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

PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old are ready to step up and enroll in an Advanced Open Water Diver course. Young divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives – check with your PADI Instructor.

AQUANORTH Diving Centre can offer these advanced dives at various dive sites throughout and UK and Scotland – Take a look at our

dive sites page for more information.


Pre requisites


  • Min 12yrs old –

  • PADI Open Water Diver

  • Reasonable Physical Health

  • Completed and approved continuing education medical form

  • Sense of adventure

What will you 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 and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three, for a total of five dives.

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 and many more. Please see list below for some of the available adventure dives :-

  • Boat Diver

  • Drift Diver

  • Dry Suit Diver

  • Multilevel Diver

  • Night Diver

  • Peak Performance Buoyancy

  • Search and Recovery Diver

  • DSMB

  • Underwater Photographer

  • Underwater Navigator

  • AWARE Fish Identification

  • Wreck Diver

  • Nitrox Diver


Each Adventure dive will be different to the last and may require the use of different equipment such as Drysuits, Underwater cameras, lift bags & SMB’s etc.



Topics Covered


  • How to assemble, use and take care of the Scuba equipment.

  • How to assemble, use and take care of speciality equipment.

  • Improved bouyancy

  • Learn about the PADI Advanced Openwater course and your next steps




What Scuba Gear will you use?


Aquanorth diving centre will provide all the equipment required for the dive including mask, fins, snorkel, regulators, buoyancy compensation device, gauges and tank.


Participants will need to bring a swimming costume, T shirt for the pool and a towel.


Whats next?


Ready to take the next step ? Speak to your PADI Instructor about the PADI Rescue Diver Course or Padi Speciality Courses.

How to book?

To book onto this Advanced Adventure please click here to email Aquanorth or call us on 0191 266 6626