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.
You may be able to get college credit for the Advanced Open Water Diver course.
Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a compass and dive knife or dive tool. You’ll also use specialized gear depending on the Adventure Dives you choose. For example, you’d obviously use a dry suit for the Dry Suit Adventure Dive or a sidemount configuration during the Sidemount Adventure Dive. Your PADI Instructor will explain the equipment that you need and may suggest additional gear, such as dive light for night diving or lift bag for search and recovery diving.
Visit your local PADI Dive Center or Resort to learn more about the gear you will need to start your adventures in the Advanced Open Water Diver course.
This course, also known as Adventure Diver, is the logical successor to the Open Water course and usually lasts 2 days. The goal is simple: to gain experience under supervision so you're fun under water increases even more. In this course, you’ll make five dives, each with a specific goal:
A deep dive to 30 meters to better learn to plan and control your dive and a navigation dive to improve the navigation skills you learned in the Open water Diver course. The last three dives to complete the course can be chosen with your own interest in mind. You can choose from Peak Performance Buoyancy, Photography, Fish Identification, Wreck Diving, Night Diving, Underwater Naturalist, Drift diving, or one of the Project AWARE dives.