PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

Don’t get stuck on the kiddie boat! Dive the sites you want to experience by getting your Advanced Open Water Diver certification in this 2-day course.

Here in Key Largo or at any dive resort / destination, you will be limited on which dives / dives sites you can participate in. In many cases, the lowest certified diver controls where the boat goes and where you can dive.

This course can be taken after completing the PADI Open Water Diver certification. It’s titled PADI Advanced Open Water Diver because it advances your diving knowledge & skills.

The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver eLearning is designed to improve your underwater knowledge and skills. You can enroll immediately after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification regardless of your skill level. The course helps you build confidence in navigation, fine-tune buoyancy skills and introduces you to different diving activities such as wreck diving, night diving or underwater imaging. After completing your eLearning, you’ll make five Adventure Dives: a deep dive (beyond 18m/60F), a navigation dive, and three additional Adventure Dives of your choice to earn your certification.

You’ll plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from a long list of Adventure Dives. There are 5 specialty open water adventure dives required for completion. The first two are required, the other three are included in our course curriculum at Key Largo Dive Center:

Deep Diver


Wreck Diver

Peak Performance Buoyancy

Fish Identification

The on-line training for the above five adventure dive skills must be completed before checking in at Key Largo Dive Center to begin your in-water training.

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.

Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a compass and dive knife or dive tool. You’ll also use specialized gear depending on the Adventure Dives you choose. Your PADI Instructor will explain the equipment that you need and may suggest additional gear, such as dive light for night diving or lift bag for search and recovery diving.

Get Started Today!

Call or email the Key Largo Dive Center to get additional information. Book Online to sign up for your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course.

Cost: $495
Required Deposit: $200

Enroll Now!

Call: (305) 451-5844

Age Requirement:

12 years or older

Course Prerequisites:

Open Water Diver / Junior Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification)

Required Equipment:

These items are required in order to begin your in-water training. We have a variety of these items to choose from at the Key Largo Dive Center retail store, and students receive a 10% discount on dive equipment/supplies.

  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Fins
  • Cutting Tool
  • Compass
  • Surface Marker Buoy (SMB)
  • Finger spool or standard spool

The remaining gear required can be rented from Key Largo Dive Center. View our rental gear.