PADI Advanced Open Water Diver


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.

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Further your dive training and improve your scuba skills with the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course at Underwater Vision!

Are you looking to continue your diving education? If you have already learned to dive and have completed your PADI Open Water Diver course at Underwater Vision or another training facility and are eager for more bottom time, the Advanced Open Water course is designed to take you straight from the Open Water Diver course so you can continue to practice your newly acquired skills and have more underwater experiences!

The Advanced Open Water Course at Underwater Vision ensures that with this additional time spent doing training dives under the direct guidance and supervision of some of Utila’s most experienced instructors, you will increase your confidence and build your scuba diving skills to become more comfortable and natural underwater.

Join us in Utila at Underwater Vision and get more dives logged while learning new skills and building on what you already know. You will be amazed at how much more fun you can have scuba diving as well as the additional capabilities possible once you have completed the training for the PADI Advance Open Water Course!

The Prerequisites For This Course

In order to enroll in the PADI Advanced Open Water Course in Utila you must be 15 years old (12 to qualify as a PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver), and be a PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)

Who should take this course?

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 PADI Adventure Diver, you only need to complete two more Adventure Dives to earn the Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

What will you learn?

During your Advanced Open Water Course in Utila you’ll hone your skills by completing the five most popular PADI Adventure dives that introduce you to:
  • Underwater navigation where you will learn to use basic orientation skills and use of an underwater compass to explore dive sites around Utila
  • Deeper water diving  (typically anywhere from 18-30 metres/ 60-100 feet), to explore the habitat and environment of Utila’s deeper water creatures and experience the amazing sensations of depth on your body (Narcosis)
  • Wreck diving on Utila’s famous Halliburton cargo ship. Learn more about the Halliburton Dive Site.
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB), which will improve and enhance your buoyancy level from beginner to advanced using fun underwater activities and games
  • Night Dive and experience the complete change of underwater landscape and creatures as the sun sets on Utila and day turns into night!

OR after completing the two required dives of Deep and Navigation (for completion of the Advanced Open Water Course), choose your next three dives based on your own area of interest and enthusiasm from the list below:

Get credit! Each Adventure Dive in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver course.

You may be able to get college credit for the Advanced Open Water Diver course.

Start the Advanced Open Water Diver Course Online

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is part of PADI eLearning. The eLearning for Advanced Open Water Diver gets you started right now with the background information you need for the seven of the most popular Adventure Dives (though you and your instructor can still choose any of the Adventure Dives.)  Start Now with eLearning for Advanced Open Water Diver!

What scuba gear will you use?

Throughout the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course you will use all of the basic scuba diving gear you used during your beginner scuba certification course. Underwater Vision will provide all of the equipment you will need for your PADI Advanced Open Water Dive training including specialty devices. For example, certain course dives require different types of equipment so depending on which dives you will be doing you could be introduced to: a compass, a dive torch, a drop-tank, a lift bag, dive reels or other specific scuba diving devices!

Visit Underwater Vision to get advice about everything you need for your diving adventures.

Next Steps

Now that you have your fins dipped deeply into the world of PADI dive education and want to continue your dive training in Utila, take the next step forward with the PADI Rescue Diver course at Underwater Vision. You may also get credit for each Advanced Open Water Dive you complete toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Course!

Additional Information

Minimum Age

12 yrs+

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