PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
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.
The course is a great way to expand your diving horizons, with a choice of 5 adventure dives that allows you to tailor the course to your own interests. These dives are designed to develop your abilities by introducing you to a number of exciting different diving experiences. The aim of the program is to have loads of fun underwater while learning new skills which will be used during many of your future dives.
There are only two required dives, Deep and Underwater Navigation – you get to choose the other three, however at Scuba Leeds we would always strongly recommend making the Peak Performance Buoyancy dive your third choice! After the course you’ll be certified to go down to 30 meters and you should be able to perform basic navigation skills in case you get a bit lost underwater!
You can choose between any of the following courses:
• Digital Underwater Photography
• Dry Suit
• Enriched Air
• Peak Performance Buoyancy
• Search & Recovery
Each of the Adventure dives completed during the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver program can be counted as the first dive of each corresponding PADI Specialty. For example, if you choose to complete the PADI Dry Suit Adventure dive during the course, you will only need to complete one more training dive to have earned yourself the PADI Dry Suit Specialty Certification.
To certify as a PADI Adventure Diver you must:
• Complete three Adventure Dives.
• Complete the three Knowledge Reviews for the completed Adventure Dives.
To certify as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver you must:
• Complete five Adventure Dives including Deep and Underwater Navigation.
• Complete the five Knowledge Reviews for the completed Adventure Dives.
Your course will include self-study knowledge development in your own time. The PADI Adventures in Diving manual has more than just the five dives you will complete including the required Deep and Underwater Navigation Adventure Dives. You can learn about Boat, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Naturalist and Wreck diving too. You study at your own pace before you complete your dives.
Confined Water Dives
To ensure that you are ready for the course we will assess your dive knowledge and in-water skills. This skills evaluation session will be completed at our 5.5m Olympic diving pool before your open water dives. Your Instructor will review familiarity with dive equipment such as being able to easily access and understand instrument readings (SPG, dive computer), hand signals and general comfort levels underwater. The skills reviewed will include a minimum of buoyancy control, low air/out of air drills and mask clearing. It is also an opportunity for you to cover any skills which may have become rusty since your last dive.
Open Water 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.
Click the links on the list above to give you more information about each of the PADI Specialty Diver programs. You can try your hand at digital underwater photography, wreck diving, peak performance buoyancy and much more.