Advanced Open Water

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 Exploration, Excitement, Experiences

That’s what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. You don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives. You try out different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.

Get credit! Each Adventure Dive may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver Course. If you’ve already taken a specialty diver course, ask your instructor if you’ve earned credit for an Adventure Dive.

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  • PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old are ready to step up and enroll in an Advanced Open Water Diver course. Young divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives – check with your PADI Instructor.

If you’re already an Adventure Diver, you only need to complete two more Adventure Dives to earn the Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

Get credit! Each Adventure Dive may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver Course. If you’ve already taken a specialty diver course, ask your instructor if you’ve earned credit for an Adventure Dive.

PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 10 years old and want to take the next step should enroll in an Adventure Diver course. Young divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives – check with your Seaweed Diver PADI Instructor.

To sign up for the course you will need to do two things:

  • Check Our Dive Calendar for Dive Dates (June to October we dive local or do your dives on one of our trips)
  • Sign-up for either the PADI eLearning or PADI Touch (or come get your Book & DVD) and complete your course work.

To complete the course you will need to do a few more things:

  • Purchase any equipment you need for specific dives
  • Get you sized for rental gear you might need for the dives
  • Get your eLearning Crew Pack (or you may pre-order it when you sign up for the eLearning portion of the course)
  • Fill out all the necessary paperwork including the Medical Form

To Get Started Right Away….

Complete the PADI eLearning or PADI Touch available on-line right here.

Course Fee Includes

  • 5 Open Water Training Dives Over the Course of 2 Days
  • PADI Certification Fees
  • College Credit

Prerequisites

To enroll in the PADI Open Water course or Junior Open Water Diver course at Seaweed Diver, you must

  • Be 10 years or older
  • Be in good physical heath with a diving Medical Form Completed before your 1st Pool Session
  • Be able to swim enough to save your life (200 yards with just a bathing suit or 300 yards in a mask, fins and snorkel)

What will you learn?

You can choose what you’re most interested in learning. Need to work on your buoyancy skills? Try the Peak Performance Buoyancy Adventure Dive. Want to know what you’re looking at down there? Try the AWARE – Fish Identification or Underwater Naturalist Adventure Dives. You’ll plan your path with your instructor, go over what you need to know and dive in quickly.

How can you start learning now?

Register for Advanced Open Water Diver Online – PADI’s eLearning option – to get started immediately. The web-based system lets you learn about seven of the most popular Adventure Dives at your own pace through an easy to use, interactive program. You also have access to an online version of the Adventures in Diving manual and can complete sections for other Adventure Dives as directed by your PADI Instructor.

You can also choose to read the Adventures in Diving manual and watch the Adventures in Diving video (a book and DVD package). Stop by Seaweed Diver to enroll in the course, get your materials and start learning. Your Seaweed PADI Instructor will meet with you to schedule knowledge review sessions along with your Adventure Dives.

14711146_1178585485550918_5715927769452999990_oWhat scuba gear will you use?

Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you’ll learn to use specialized gear depending on the Adventure Dives you choose. For example you will need a dry suit for the Dry Suit Adventure Dive or a sidemount configuration for the Sidemount Adventure Dive. Your PADI Instructor will explain the equipment that you need and may suggest additional gear, such as a dive light for night diving or a lift bag for search and recovery diving.