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Advanced Open Water Diver

PADI Advanced Open Water (AOW)

The PADI Advanced Open Water course  is a fun experience which has been designed to accomplish several goals:

  • To help divers of varying experience levels to advance their diving skills.
  • To provide a guided introduction to new types of diving activities.
  • To give divers a chance to have fun and enjoy diving via structured, group activities.

There are no written exams here, just some reading and writing assignments followed by 5 adventure dives. These dives consist of a Deep Dive, an Underwater Navigation Dive, and 3 elective Adventure Dives.

Our most popular elective dives are:

  • Boat
  • Dry Suit
  • Night
  • Multi-Level/Computer
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Search & Recovery
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Underwater Photographer
  • Wreck

(Please note:  It is not possible to do Drift during our AOW course.)

Gain a higher level of confidence and competence in the water. Improve your skills and become an Advanced Open Water Diver!


Please fill out PADI Continuing Education Admin Doc , most importantly  the Medical Statement portion. Please write yes or no on each medical questions. If you have any yes’  you will need to print the PADI Medical Statement and take it to your doctor get cleared before you can participate in any in water activities. If you have any questions please let us know.


Cost of the course is $250 and this includes a copy of the PADI Adventures in Diving manual and certification card.  If you need equipment for your dives, it is available through our rental department at a discounted price for the course: which is 2 days for the price of one, plus air fills.

Required Equipment for Course 


The Advanced Open Water Course is normally scheduled for the last weekend of every month. There are no formal classroom session for the Advanced Open Water Course.

The Ocean Dives will take place over a weekend, usually with 3 dives on Saturday and 2 dives on Sunday.  The dives on Saturday will be shore dives.  We recommend going on a boat on Sunday, but we allow the class members to decide whether they want to dive from shore or from a boat on Sunday.  An additional fee ($90) will be charged if the class decides to go on a boat.



PADI eLearning Option: 

PADI offers an AOW eLearning option.

Instead of buying the manual and doing the knowledge reviews by hand, you can take the PADI AOW online course by going here:


If you choose the PADI eLearning option, we recommend you read the material for the following 7 dives:  Boat, Deep, Night, Peak Performance Bouyancy, Search and Recovery, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Navigator.