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ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER Exploration, Excitement, Experiences.

The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course with OLYMPUS DIVE CENTER

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Exploration, Excitement, Experiences. They're what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. And no, you don't have to be “advanced” to take it – it's designed so you can go straight into it after the PADI Open Water Diver course.

During your entry-level Scuba course, you learned how to safely conduct dives in an environment with conditions similar to those in which you were trained. By participating in an Advanced Open Water Diver course, you can greatly expand the conditions in which you're qualified to dive. Additionally, the program will help you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. 

You'll hone your skills by completing five adventure dives that introduce you to:

  • Underwater navigation
  • Deeper water diving (typically anywhere from 18-30 meters/ 60-100 feet)
  • An introduction to three more Adventure Dives including Peak Performance Buoyancy, Wreck diving, and Boat diving

The Fun Part

One reason you'll love the Advanced Open Water Diver course is that your instructor will expose you to new environments and help become a more independent diver. Our emphasis is on creating safe, competent ocean wreck divers.

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 hone your dive planning abilities
  • More awareness of gas management and equipment configuration


To take this course, you must be:

  • A PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • 15 years old (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all the basic scuba gear including your underwater compass, a dive light, a DSMB, plus other specialty gear.

The Learning Materials You Need

PADI's Advanced Open Water Manual provides information on more than 15 types of specialty diving. You'll use them as a guidebook to improve your diving skills and prepare for new experiences and adventures.

Your course price includes

  • Instruction, books, and materials
  • Certification Fees

Price: $295/person

  • Class size is limited to 4 students
  • Weekend or weekday scheduling formats, year-round

  *Students must provide their own personal items including mask, fins, snorkel, booties, gloves, regulator, BCD, and tanks. We have rentals available for the regulator, BCD, dive computer, wetsuit, and tanks.

*Boat dives are required for an additional fee. If you book this course On-line you will be contacted by our staff to reserve the appropriate trip(s).

Your Next Adventure:

After you've tried a specialty in the Advanced Open Water Diver course, you'll probably want to take the Specialty Course and learn more.

For more information or to schedule an Advanced Open Water class, please contact Olympus Dive Center at (252)726-9432.

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