The focus of the Advanced Open Water Diver training is improving your abilities as a diver. You'll test your deep diving abilities, practice buoyancy and navigation, and complete three specialty dives of your choice (kind of a specialty sampler platter). You may receive credit toward PADI specialty certifications for each specialty dive you complete.
Here are a handful of the numerous possibilities: Deep, Digital Underwater Photography, and Dive against Debris, Dry Suit, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Fish Identification, Night, Search & Recovery, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Navigation, and Wreck Diver. Discover three specialty diving areas that interest you, such as deep diving and underwater navigation. You'll practice certain skills with your instructor before making five dives in open water. There is no test because the primary goals of this course are enjoyment and learning.
Becoming a certified Advanced Open Water Diver will open up new activities and possibilities when you go diving. You will get a chance to visit new dive sites you never had access to before, learn more about dive equipment and it’s use and you will start becoming more aware of your surroundings underwater as you build your confidence.
The Deep Adventure dive is one of the compulsory dives for Advanced Open Water certification, but also a very beneficial one to do.
There are many wreck dive sites that are deeper than 18m and in general you will get to see larger marine life at deeper sites that are further away from the coast. Compared to a dive to 18m, your no stop limit will be about 3 times shorter at 30m. It is beneficial to get yourself trained in using Enriched Air (Nitrox) when doing (multiple) deep dives.
Before your dive you will establish your turn pressure. During the course, your instructor will also discuss different types of emergency breathing equipment that are often set up when doing deep dives, just as an extra precaution.
Navigation is a key skill in scuba diving and the better you are at it, the easier and more comfortable your dive will be.
The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Advanced Open Water Course consists of five different adventure dives. You are required to do a knowledge review for each dive, which your instructor will go over with you before getting in the water. The course can be done over two or three days, with up to three dives being completed in a day.
You can dive to up to 100 ft. The AOWD is described by PADI as refining these skills, allowing the diver to explore a broader variety of diving to a maximum depth of 30 meters (100 ft).
The key thing to remember is that you should obtain either PADI Self-Reliant Diver Certification or SDI Solo Diver Certification before diving alone. While both of these courses have strict requirements for enrolment, they’ll teach you the skills needed to safely dive without a buddy.