Advanced Open Water Diver

The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver program provides divers with a structured means to explore special diving interests and gain dive experience.
The Padi Advanced Open Water Diver participates in at least 5 Adventure dives, including:

  • Navigation
  • Deep

and 3 other Adventure dives of your choice.
Participating in an Adventure Dive is often the first step novice divers take after their initial certification. However, all divers benefit from the program’s flexibility and the opportunity it provides for discovery and exploration.
The program allows student divers to customize their training path and learn various underwater tasks that broaden their awareness of the environment and their capabilities as divers.


Adventure dives:

Altitude Dive National Geographic Dive
AWARE – Fish Identification Dive Night Dive
Boat Dive Peak Performance Buoyancy Dive
Deep Dive Search and Recovery Dive
Digital Underwater Photography Dive Underwater Naturalist Dive
Diver Propulsion Vehicle Dive Underwater Navigation Dive
Drift Dive Underwater Photography Dive
Dry Suit Dive Underwater Videography Dive
Enriched Air Dive Wreck Dive
Multilevel and Computer Dive

 This are the first dive of the corresponding specialties.


  • 1. Be certified as a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization.
  • 2. Be at least 10 years of age to participate in the following Adventure Dives: Altitude, AWARE – Fish Identification, Boat, Digital Underwater Photography, Dry Suit, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Navigation, Underwater Photography and Underwater Videography.
    Note: 10 and 11-year-old divers may earn a Junior Adventure Diver certification. Divers who are 12-14 years old may obtain Junior Adventure Diver or Junior Advanced Open Water Diver certifications.
  • 3. Be 12 years of age or older to participate in all other Adventure Dives except the Enriched Air Adventure Dive.
  • 4. Be at 15 years of age to participate in the Enriched Air Adventure Dive.
  • 5. Submit, to the instructor, medical clearance for diving signed by a physician, attesting to fitness to
    dive. The medical clearance must be current within the previous 12 months. The physician signing the form cannot be the individual.
  • 6. Sign the Certified Diver Experience Programs Liability Release
  • 7. Assumption of Risk form.