The PADI Advanced Open Water course is designed to build on the knowledge and skills acquired in the Open Water course. 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. It allows you to explore special diving interests and gain experience, under the control and guidance of one of our professional instructors.
You will complete a Deep dive which qualifies you to dive to 30m upon successful completion of the Advanced Open Water course, a Navigation dive and 3 other specialty dives (a total of 5 dives).
There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and another three dives which are chosen from the following options – Wreck, Drift, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Night, Underwater Naturalist, Fish ID. The time of year, and boat scheduling, will determine what dives we can run, the instructor will discuss the dive choices with you or you will be notified upon booking in for the course.
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 depending on which specialty dives you complete – you may gain experience with photography, buoyancy control, fish identification, exploring wrecks etc.
- Your PADI Advanced Open Water manual and data carrier.
- Knowledge development session, one evening.
- 5 dives, 3 shore based and 2 boat dives.
- Most SCUBA equipment (excluding mask, snorkel, boots and fins)
- PADI Advanced Open Water certification upon completion of course.
The Standard Course is conducted over one evening and one weekend (weather permitting).
Thursday – 6pm-9pm – theory review, paperwork and equipment fitting at the shop.
Saturday – all day – 3 shore/pier dives, location varies, all day commitment.
Sunday – all day – 2 boat dives from Portsea, all day commitment.
- PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent rating.
- Individual items you need for the course:
- Cutting device
- SMB & Spool OR Safety Sausage
- Slate and pencil (can use Data carrier included with manual)
- Compass (included if using our regulator)
- Whistle (included if using our BCD)
- Torch and Cyalume stick (if doing a night dive)
- Log Book
- All participants must complete a Medical Questionnaire. If any of the questions are flagged as “Yes” you must obtain medical clearance from a doctor prior to participating. Please ensure you complete this Medical Questionnaire before the start of your course, no medical, no diving.
Although a diving medical will not be required, it is nevertheless strongly recommended. Further, a diving medical may uncover conditions you may not be aware of, for example ear, nose and throat, or lung function issues, which could expose you to the risk of serious injury or death while diving. Australian.
Standard AS 4005.1 and SPUMS (South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society) both highly recommend a diving medical be completed.
You must provide your own transportation for the course duration, dive sites can be up to 1.5hrs drive from Melbourne CBD. We do not provide lifts for students.