PADI – Advanced Open Water Diver

The PADI – Advanced Open Water Diver course is the next step after the first level of certification. It is designed to introduce the diver to more specific and unique domains of scuba diving. At that level, participants already know how to dive, this has been acquired in their first certification like the PADI – Open Water Diver.

New ways of diving and different activities are introduced in the PADI – Advanced Open Water Diver course. It covers more specific subjects such as deep diving, buoyancy mastery, night diving, underwater navigation, and much more. This course does not go in-depth on every subject but is more about introducing them. More specialized and complete courses are available. You can take a look at our PADI Diving Specialties page.

The structure of the PADI - Advanced Open Water Diver course

The course is composed of two or maybe three parts. First the theory, then the confined water practice in the pool if the course option requires it. And at last, the fun part with dives taking place in the ocean at some of the best dive sites on the West coast of Thailand.

Theory relative to the different topics and activities in scuba diving

The academic part of the course covers some extra knowledge specific to an environment, a specialized piece of gear as well as new procedures and techniques. Some courses will flavor more theory as others will be more practical but are all complement the basics of diving.

Dives in the ocean

This is where most of the PADI – Advanced Open Water Diver course takes place. Diving in a natural environment gives the chance to the diver to put into action what has been learned in the theory and with the instructor. Navigation, buoyancy, and identification cannot be done in a pool.

Pool sessions and workshops

These sessions and workshops are not required for most of the options of the course. If it is required, the instructor will make sure to inform you from the beginning and will conduct them before open water training dives.

The course schedule and organization

The PADI – Advanced Open Water Diver course can be completed in 2 days however we strongly recommend 3 days. This allows you to get the most out of the course and more time with your instructor. Remember you are paying for education, not just another card. Depending on the selected options for the course the schedule may vary. Our flexibility allows us to create the best course to fit our client’s needs. On days that trips are planned participants must be present at the dive center at 7:30 in the morning if they choose to not use our free shuttle service.

If the option of a night dive is selected, it can be done in the evening on any day of the course. The days that 3 dives are planned can be moved to accommodate participants.

An example of the PADI – Advanced Open Water Diver course schedule with the recommended option of 3 days

  • Paperwork and account setup with PADI
  • Forms and payments
  • Academic support presentation
  • Self-study
  • Review of the theory if completed online before
  • Pool sessions and workshops
  • Study time alone or with the guidance of the instructor
  • Breakfast at the dive center
  • Planning and briefing of the first dive
  • First dive
  • Debriefing
  • Lunch on the boat
  • Predive planning of 2nd dive
  • Second dive
  • Debriefing
  • Another dive can be done if it is the day with 3 dives
  • Logbook entries on the way back or at the dive center
  • Breakfast at the dive center
  • Planning and briefing of the third dive
  • Third dive
  • Debriefing
  • Lunch on the boat
  • Predive planning of the 4th dive
  • Fourth dive
  • Debriefing
  • Logbook entries on the way back or at the dive center

PADI - Advanced Open Water Diver course prerequisites

To enroll in the PADI – Advanced Open Water Diver course you must first be already certified as a PADI – Open Water Diver or to have an equivalent certification delivered by other agencies. A minimum of 10 years old is also required. In this case, the parents or legal tutor must sign and take part in the risk awareness part of the course. They must also sign the liabilities before any in-water activities.

  • Already be certified as a PADI – Open Water Diver (or equivalent certification of another agency)
  • 10 years
  • Become familiar with the risks and awareness

What is included in the PADI - Advanced Open Water Diver

To make it easy all the prices include everything that is needed for the completion of the course. It also includes the free shuttle service as for any other courses. All you have to bring is reef-friendly sunscreen, a towel, and your smile.

  • The learning material in electronic format for the duration of the course
  • The instructor
  • The certification card in electronic format (available in a plastic format on special request)
  • Rental of the full kit of gear including; mask, fins, snorkel, short wetsuit, regulator set, buoyancy compensator, and weight system. Compass, lift bag, slates, dive computer, tank, and fills are included as needed
  • A minimum of 5 open water dives depending on the added options of course
  • Meals and snacks when taking part in trips include breakfast and lunch, as well as fruits, refreshments, tea, coffee, soft drinks, electrolyte drinks, and of course drinking water.

Prices, packages, and options

The price list starts with the bare core course to which many options may be added. Extra days of training are also possible.

Advanced Open Water Diver Packages Prices
Base Advanced Open Water Diver Packages12,550

What you need to know about the PADI - Advanced Open Water Diver course

Even if we offer a large selection of courses and dive specialties, there are some we cannot offer according to topography, climate, and weather. Other factors can also restrain the variety offered.

For professionalism and safety, the inscription to and payment of a course does not guarantee that a certification will be issued. It comes down to the abilities, comfort level as well as skills and knowledge of each participant. Certification is issued based on the judgment of the instructor as well as the dive manager of the center of the abilities demonstrated by the students through the course. If you would like to learn more about this matter you can visit the page Certification requirements and conditions.

Dive sites cannot be selected by participants and some of the sites selected might better match the different parts of the course.

Courses will take place no matter the weather or sea conditions as long as it does not create greater risks and safety concerns compared to normal diving activities.

How to continue the adventure after the PADI - Advanced Open Water Diver

Do not forget it is possible to combine the PADI – Advanced Open Water Diver with other diving specialty courses. Or you can see from the list below what would be the next step.

  • The PADI – Specialty Courses
  • The PADI – Rescue Diver course
  • PADI – Emergency First Response, the CPR – First Aid course