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PADI ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER Exploration, Excitement, Experiences.

The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course

Exploration, Excitement, Experiences—these are 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 scuba skills and experiences, right after you complete your PADI Open Water Diver certification. 

The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course builds on the PADI Open Water Diver course and 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 Motor City Scuba & PADI Instructor. 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
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • One other PADI Adventure Dive chosen with your Instructor


To take this course, you must be:

  • A certified Open Water Diver
  • 15 years old (12 years for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)

What You Learn

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

  • Practical aspects of deep diving
  • Physiological effects of deeper scuba diving
  • How to better use your dive computer
  • And much, much more, depending on the Adventure Dives you experience

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all the basic scuba gear.

The Learning Materials You Need

PADI's AOW eLearning

Your Next Adventure

After you've tried a specialty in the Advanced Open Water Diver course, you'll probably want to take the whole specialty course and learn more:  PADI Specialty Dive Training

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