The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (AOWD) certification is designed to advance your diving skills in a controlled manner. This course is both theoretical and practical. The theory component can be completed either in person or by eLearning and is designed to improve your underwater knowledge and skills.
You can enrol immediately after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification, regardless of your skill level. The course helps you build confidence in navigation, fine-tune buoyancy skills and introduces you to different diving activities such as wreck diving, night diving or underwater imaging. After completing your eLearning, you’ll make five Adventure Dives: a deep dive (beyond 18metres / 60 feet), a navigation dive, and three additional Adventure Dives of your choice to earn your certification.
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.
To complete the PADI AOWD course, you must:
- be at least 12 years of age:
- be medically fit to dive; and,
- hold an Open Water Diver / Junior Open Water Diver or other qualifying certification.
The AOWD course takes place over a minimum of 2 days.