PADI Advanced Open Water Course

The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is the next step in your dive education after your open water course. 

Advanced Open Water Diver Course

During your training, you’ll become certified to dive to 30m with a workshop-style course in which you fine-tune your dive skills with your instructor.

Where the open water course is quite prescriptive, we teach this advanced scuba course as more of a workshop between you and your instructor. You’ll complete five ‘adventure dives’ with us. These are dives with a particular focus or secondary objective, such as independently navigating back to your starting point. 

The Deep and Navigation adventure dives are mandatory. The other three adventure dives are up to you. You can decide these based on your interests or where you’d like to dive. Before you know it, all the pieces will come together to make you an advanced diver.

Padang Bai Bali

Course Outcomes

The Advanced Open Water course will give you the opportunity to:

  • fine-tune the fundamental dive skills you learned in the open water course, and 
  • explore different areas of interest
  • do your first deep dive (down to a maximum of 30m)
  • work on your buoyancy navigation skills

Course Content

Knowledge Development

Before your practical training, you’ll learn advanced dive theory via elearning online.

This takes around 5-6 hours and is best done in small sections.

You’ll learn about:

  • Thinking Like a diver – improving your situational awareness
  • Underwater Navigation
  • Deep Diving
  • Then, your choice of three adventure dives are Night Diving, Wreck Diving, Drift Diving, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Fish Identification, and Underwater Photography.

Choose your course based on your interests.

Deep Diving (mandatory dive)

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Possible dive sites – anywhere (almost)

Once we know your dive style and air consumption rates, we do this dive on your second dive day. We’ll go to a maximum of 30m (shallower is also an option). Whilst deep diving is a vital part of diving, we need to have a specific reason or objective to do a deep dive, for example, to see a pygmy seahorse. 

You’ll learn:

  • How to look for gas narcosis symptoms in yourself and others
  • How colour and no decompression limits change with depth and air consumption increases. 
  • Safe and slow ascent rates

Underwater Navigation (mandatory dive)

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Possible dive sites – Tulamben, Padang Bai or Amed

Learning to navigate around a dive site is a critical skill in becoming a more independent and advanced diver. With various tools and techniques available to us, it’s an excellent opportunity to practice navigation during all of your adventure dives. You’ll be challenged to navigate both horizontally and vertically throughout your course, primarily using the natural features of the reef and dive site. 

You’ll learn:

  • How to measure distance with your own kick cycles
  • How to navigate more complex patterns using an underwater compass
  • How to navigate using depth and the natural features of the dive site

Peak Performance Buoyancy

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Possible dive sites – anywhere

One of diving’s essential skills, we highly recommend including this in your 

AOW course. Buoyancy is one of the most significant factors in determining your air consumption rate, so perfecting these skills will lead to longer more enjoyable dives. 

Depending on where you’re at now, we’ll help you to: 

  • make sure you’re diving correctly weighted, including looking at trim and learning to rig a weight system
  • learn to hover in different positions
  • drill fine movements using breath
  • explore different propulsion techniques

Underwater Photography

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Possible dive sites – all except drift diving sites. Padang Bai is recommended.

Underwater photography equipment is becoming increasingly accessible for divers via traditional camera and housing setups, through to GoPros and depth-rated housings for many phones. Using a camera underwater requires technical knowledge, skill and excellent buoyancy to produce photos you’re happy with after your dives. And most importantly… practice, practice, practice!

You will learn:

  • How to prepare and check an underwater camera for leaks
  • Different settings and white balance options, including macro settings and composition

Drift Diving

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Possible dive sites – Nusa Penida, Amed

We call this ‘lazy people’s diving’, where the goal is to move as little as possible and drift with the current. Amed and Penida are subject to sometimes strong tidal currents, making them the perfect spots to learn this incredible diving technique. Pass by stunning coral formations, turtles and hopefully some bigger stuff in the blue as you drift along the sloping reefs.  

You will learn:

  • How to perfect the balance between staying close to the reef without making contact
  • How to plan a drift dive safely, taking into account current changes and surface traffic
  • How to send up a safety marker at the end of a drift dive

Wreck Diving

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Possible dive sites: Liberty Wreck, Tulamben 

The Liberty Wreck is one of the most accessible WW2 wrecks in the world, lying only a few metres offshore. It’s a great introduction to 

wreck diving, and has, like many wrecks, become an artificial reef over the past 80 years, attracting a myriad of sea life, which makes it well worth diving. 

You will learn:

  • Swim around the outside of a shipwreck
  • Navigate independently back to your starting point
  • Identify potential hazards and plan how to avoid them.

Night Diving

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Possible dive sites – USAT Liberty Tulamben

Get to know a completely different side of the underwater world by doing your first night dive. Coral appears more vibrant (since you’re shining white light on them), big stuff starts hunting, and the macro life is incredible. We’ll typically descend at dusk, so you still have some ambient light, but it will become completely dark during your dive. 

You will learn:

  • How to use a torch and signal at night
  • Night-time navigation and safety techniques
  • Things to think about when diving a three-dimensional site at night (the wreck)

Fish Identification

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Possible dive sites – all, Padang Bai is recommended

What was that blue fish? Learn to identify but, perhaps more importantly, understand the habitat of some of our favourite underwater friends. We love slowing down and watching the interactions between different marine life, as well as being able to confidently identify different species. 

You will learn:

  • Identify fish by family groups, attempt to identify different species
  • Record fish and critter sightings, including understanding the different types of habitat many critters like. 
  • Draw diagrams to describe the characteristics of unfamiliar fish.
  • Demonstrate appropriate dive practices when searching for and photographing marine life.

Choose your course based on your interests.

If there are particular must-dive sites in Bali for you, we can shape your advanced training around these. Here are some examples:

Tulamben – Night Diving

We dive the beautiful and iconic USAT Liberty wreck. It’s covered in coral and marine life and suitable for open water divers. Pick-up is around 6 a.m., and you’ll stay overnight in Tulamben after your night dive (accommodation is included). 

Best paired with either Amed or Padang Bai on day two.  

Adventure Dives

Day 1 – Tulamben – Wreck, Navigation and Night

Day 2 – Padang Bai/Amed – Deep and Peak Performance Buoyancy

Nusa Penida – Drift Diving

Manta rays, mola mola (June – October), stunning coral formations, abundant schooling reef fish, this is an exciting three-dive trip. We take a speedboat to the islands; pick up is around 6:30 a.m. and return around 5 p.m. It’s 45 minutes by car and 1 hour by boat from Canggu.

Best paired with either Tulamben or Padang Bai on day one.

Adventure Dives

Day 1 – Tulamben – Wreck and Navigation OR

Day 1 – Padang Bai – Fish ID/Underwater Photography and Navigation

Day 2 – Nusa Penida – Deep, Drift and Peak Performance Buoyancy

Tulamben Night Diving AND Nusa Penida Drift Diving

6 dives – additional charges apply

If you can’t decide between your first night dive and first drift dive and are okay with an early morning start, you can choose to do it all. 

Day 1 – Tulamben – Wreck, Navigation and Night (overnight in Tulamben, 5 a.m. departure the following day)

Day 2 – Nusa Penida – Deep, Drift, Peak Performance Buoyancy

QUESTIONS?
What’s the actual certification?
What’s included?

Everything you need – transport (pick up and drop off at your hotel in Canggu), equipment rental including a dive computer, tanks and weights, boats, lunch, snacks, water, PADI elearning, certification and instructor. 

Are there any prerequisites or tests?
Yes!

They are:

Certified open water diver or equivalent

At least 12 years old. 

In good general health (check out the medical form you’ll need to sign here)

You’ll also need to meet all of the performance requirements of the course and complete the knowledge development before you start your practical training.

What’s the estimated schedule?
Approximate times (pick up and drop off in Canggu) are:

Tulamben Night Dive (overnight stay)

  • Day 1 – pick up around 6 a.m., travel to Tulamben; two dives and lunch; drop to your hotel. Pick up around 6 p.m. for your night dive; drop back to your hotel around 7:30 p.m.; overnight in Tulamben (standard accommodation with hot water and AC included)
  • Day 2 – pick up around 7:30 a.m., travel to Padang Bai or Amed; two dives, lunch, return to Canggu around 5 p.m.

Nusa Penida & Tulamben (day trips)

  • Day 1 – pick up around 6 a.m., travel to Tulamben, two dives and lunch; return to Canggu around 5 p.m.
  • Day 2 – pick up around 6:30 a.m., travel to Sanur, take the speedboat to Nusa Penida, do three dives, and return to Canggu around 5 p.m.

Nusa Penida & Padang Bai (day trips)

  • Day 1 – pick up around 6:30 a.m., travel to Padang Bai; two dives and lunch; return to Canggu around 4 p.m.
  • Day 2 – pick up around 6:30 a.m., travel to Sanur, take the speedboat to Nusa Penida, do three dives, and return to Canggu around 5 p.m.

Tulamben & Nusa Penida (overnight stay, additional charges apply)

  • Day 1 – pick up around 6 a.m., travel to Tulamben; two dives and lunch; drop to your hotel. Pick up around 6 p.m. for your night dive; drop back to your hotel around 7:30 p.m.; overnight in Tulamben (standard accommodation with hot water and AC included)
  • Day 2 – pick up around 5:00 a.m., travel to Sanur, take the speedboat to Nusa Penida, do three dives, and return to Canggu around 5 p.m.
How many divers will be in the group?
We teach with a maximum of three students per instructor. There may be other divers on your course with another instructor and other divers joining your day trips. If you’d like a private course, please let us know!
How long does the elearning take?
Typically, 5-7 hours. It’s best done in small sections over a couple of days. We know we sound like your Mum, but please don’t leave it to the last minute!
Can I fly after diving?
You must leave at least 18 hours, preferably 24 hours after diving before you can fly. 
How do I sign up?
We ask for a deposit payment so we can send out your eLearning; we’ll also need your personal details, such as your full name, date of birth and email address. Contact our team if you’d like to book!

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