Advanced Open Water Diver

IMG_0184The 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 log more dives while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. It’s designed so you can go straight into it after the PADI Open Water Diver course so you don’t have to be “advanced” to get involved. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and different ways to have fun scuba diving. You’ll hone your skills by completing five adventure dives; two of which are mandatory and three others that you can choose from a variety of options.

Mandatory Dives

  • Deep dive
  • Underwater navigation dive

Elective Dive Options

  • Night dive
  • Wreck dive
  • Digital underwater Photography dive
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy dive
  • Drift dive
  • Underwater Naturalist dive

For a full description on each of these diving activities please refer to our specialty courses which explains each of these in more detail.

If you are already Open-Water Certified then you can earn the Advanced Open Water Diver rating within 2 days.

What’s involved?

  • Day 1 – You’ll receive your Adventures in Diving participant manual and then discuss with your diving instructor exactly which Adventure Dives you would like to participate in. For each course dive there is a corresponding section in the participant manual that you’ll read and some knowledge review questions that you need to answer. Your instructor will review these answers with you as well as brief you on each dive before you go underwater. Then you’re diving again! We generally aim to do two dives on the first day and you might well find yourself diving on the Maldives Victory shipwreck or drifting through a channel at a rate of knots!
  • Day 2 – By this stage most of the theory should be finished and we’re looking at completing the remaining three course dives. Generally we begin with the Adventure Deep dive which takes you down to 30m/100ft. Each successive dive will be shallower than the previous dive usually culminating in the navigation dive conducted on the bottom of the lagoon. During each training day you’ll log your dives while your instructor debriefs you on how the dives went and discusses with you what you have experienced underwater. Each of the course dives introduces you to a new aspect of scuba diving but overall they help you to broaden your understanding of the aquatic world and sharpen your diving skills.

Get a head start!

  • We highly recommend that participants complete the theory portion of the course online through the PADI eLearning portal. You can do all of the knowledge development for each adventure dive from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a laptop or PC, a comfortable chair and an endless supply of coffee. If you choose this option then please discuss with us specifically which Adventure Dives you wish to participate in before starting your eLearning. Feel free to contact us directly via email or use the contact form on our website to confirm the dives with us. For more information on eLearning, you can read our PADI eLearning section of the website.

Who can participate?

  • The minimum age for participants is 12 years. Participants under the age of 18 will need the consent of a parent or legal guardian who should be with the underage participant to sign the various course forms. Participants between 12 and 15 years of age will receive a PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver certification after satisfactorily completing the course. There is no maximum age limit.
  • Participants must either be PADI Open Water Certified or carry an equivalent certification from another accredited diving organization or agency.
  • Participants should be in good health. A part of the program paperwork includes a medical statement by which you self-asses your fitness for diving. Individuals who are suffering from allergies or colds might experience difficulty in participating on the dive portion of the experience. If in doubt, please refer to a copy of the medical statement and/or consult your physician.
  • Please be advised that there is a 24 Hour no diving before flying policy in effect in the Maldives. It’s better to schedule any diving related activities early on in your travel plans to avoid conflict with this local law. We would hate to turn you away simply because you are flying the next day.

How to book?

  • You can book via email or you can call us on 00960 911116 at Maafushi Dive. We would appreciate it if you can let us know at least 24 hours in advance of starting your course.