PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

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Exploration, Excitement, Experiences. They’re what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. And no, you don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed so you can go straight into it after the PADI Open Water Diver course. The Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI instructor at Bolton Area Divers. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving.

You’ll hone your skills by completing five adventure dives that introduce you to:

  • Underwater navigation
  • Deeper water diving (typically anywhere from 18-30 metres/ 60-100 feet)
  • A sampler of three more Adventure Dives of your choice

The Fun Part: 

One reason you’ll love the Advanced Open Water Diver course is that you and your Bolton Area Divers Instructor choose from 15 types of Adventure Dives to complete your course. You can try your hand at digital underwater photography, wreck diving, night diving, diving with underwater scooters, peak performance buoyancy and much more.

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

What You Learn

The knowledge and skills you get in the Advanced Open Water Diver course vary with your interest and the adventures you have, but include:

  • Practical aspects of deep diving
  • Physiological effects of deeper scuba diving
  • More ways to use your underwater compass
  • How to navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time
  • How to better use your dive computer and electronic Recreational Dive PlannerTM (eRDMLTM)

And much, much more, depending on the Adventure Dives you choose.

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The Scuba Gear

You use all the basic scuba gear including your underwater compass. Depending on which three adventure dives you pick, you may also try out underwater photography equipment, DPVs (underwater scooters), a dive light a dry suit, lift bags, a dive flag/float or other speciality gear.

All the equipment you need for your Advanced Open Water Course is provided by Bolton Area Divers.

How Long Will it Take?

2 hours in the classroom and then the rest of your time spent diving. If you chose the ‘PADI Advanced Open Water Course Local’ the course is spread over a number of weekends at local dive sites to suit the adventure dives of your choice.

If you chose the ‘PADI Advanced Open Water Course Oban’ the dives are done over a long weekend in Oban. We travel to Oban on a Friday, dive off a hard boat on the Saturday and finish the dives in a loch on Sunday. One of the dives will be on one of the best wrecks in the UK, The Breda.

If you chose the ‘PADI Advanced Open Water Course Cornwall’  the dives are again done over a weekend. We dive from a hard shuttle boat and the shore in Cornwall, some call the Mediterranean of the UK!

You could also join us on our annual dive trip to Malta to complete your Advanced Open Water.

If you just can’t wait you can start right now with PADI eLearning. The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course Online lets you learn the background information you need before each dive at your own pace through friendly, interactive learning. Once you’ve finished your eLearning we’ll contact you to organise the open water dive sessions with you.

What’s Included?

  • All Equipment Hire
  • Supervision by a PADI professional instructor
  • Boat fees
  • Air fills
  • All Course Materials
  • Certification Card

There are a few requirements

To enrol in the PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver course, you must :

A PADI Junior Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organisation)

Be in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water. You should be able to answer “No” to all questions on the Medical Questionnaire. If you need to answer “Yes” to any question then don’t worry. You just need a signature of your Doctor or one off our dive Doctors to say that you are fit to dive an then you you can join us on the course.

Be 12 years or older (PADI eLearning requires a minimum age of 13 years due to international internet laws)

To enrol in the PADI Advanced Open Water course, you must:

Have a PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organisation)

Be in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water. You should be able to answer “No” to all questions on the Medical Questionnaire. If you need to answer “Yes” to any question then don’t worry. You just need a signature of your Doctor or one of our dive Doctors to say that you are fit to dive and then you can join us on the course.

Be a minimum of 15 years old

The Cost –

PADI Advanced Open Water (Local) – £250
PADI Advanced Open Water (Local) – eLearning £275 (incl Log Book)
PADI Advanced Open Water (Oban or Cornwall) – £350
PADI Advanced Open Water (Oban or Cornwall) – eLearning  £375 (incl Log Book)

Have a look if we have any dates for courses coming up by viewing our calendar.

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