PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course

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    The 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 get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new skills by introducing you new activities and ways to have fun scuba diving.

    During this course you will complete the following adventure dives: Boat, Deep, Underwater Navigation, Underwater Naturalist and Wreck or Peak Performance Buoyancy.

    With a PADI Advanced Open Water certification you will be qualified to dive with a buddy, independent of an instructor, to 40 metres. (Although a personal safety limit of 30 metres is always advised ). More importantly, this will enable you to book on dive trips, that go to sites over 18m which quite common.

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    • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver


    • 1 Weekend

    Prerequisite Certification: 

    • PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver 


    • $549 inc GST

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  • Course Content


    eLearning – 8-10 hours of independent online study prior to the course in our digital classroom. You will be presented with videos and slides to teach you everything you need to know before moving on to the practical stuff. (Advanced Course eLearning works FAQs) 


    Saturday  9:00am - 5:00pm

    • Navigation Dive
    • Naturalist Dive
    • Wreck or Peak Performace Buoyency (Depending on the dive site)


    Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm

    • Boat Dive
    • Deep Dive


    Schedule Notes:

    • Check out our Short Course Calender  to see when our next course starts. 
    • Weekdays are generally from 6:00pm - 9:00pm and weekend days 8:30am - 5:00pm.
    • Please note, this is only a guide and may slightly change due to weather or class size.
    • If your course is a STAR course, group course or private course your timetable may be different from the options above.
  • Equipment Requirements

    As a minimum when you train, you will want your own mask, fins and snorkel, boots, gloves and a knife. While you can hire mask and fins, these items do have a very personal fit and you will be more comfortable in your own equipment.  For the duration of the course, we provide all of the SCUBA equipment you need but you can of course choose to provide your own as it is much better to learn in equipment you intend to use as a diver. 

    Dive Otago has a wide range of scuba equipment for sale and your instructor can help choose the best gear for your diving needs. We will give you expert advice and help you make sensible, informed choices. We can put together tailored packages to suit your individual diving needs and budget. 

    Required To Own

    - Gloves and boots
    - Dive knife
    - Safety Sausage
    - Underwater slate with pencil

    Recommended To Own

    - Scuba Equipment 
    - Semidry Wetsuit or Dry suit 
    - Mask, Snorkel and Fins
    - Torch
    - Slate and pencil 
    - Whistle
    - Compass

  • Prerequisites


    Minimum age to dive in our conditions is 14 years of age. If you are 14, you will receive a PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Certification. 


    RSTC Diving Medical Questionnaire. If you answer "YES" to any of the questions on the first page of the RSTC Medical form you will need to get the form signed off by a doctor.


    PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization).


    Cold water experience or a Pre-Assesment. If you have never dived in cold water before, it is nescessary to complete a Pre-Assesment in our pool prior to getting into the water for any further training. Because we dive in temperate waters, our equipment is slightly different to that used in warmer water and it is vital that we introduce you to this in a pool environment before training begins.

    A bit rusty?: 

    If it has been a while since your last dive, it is important that we run over some of the important skills you would have learnt in your open water course before we head out to the ocean. We can do this in a Pre-Assesment session in our onsite pool prior to your training. We will have a look at your log book but please let us know if you want to join this session anyway.

  • Specifics

    Course Requirements 
    • 14 years of age
    • PADI (Junior) Open Water certification or equivalent 
    • Completed RSTC Medical form (Remember, you may need to see a doctor)
    • Completed Liability forms (See "More" tab)
    • Have your own boots, gloves, knife, and safety sausage
    • Have the rest of the required gear or hire from us for up to $100 extra depending on what you need
    • Completed eLearning prior to the first day of your scheduled course

    Please Note
    The minimum deposit for this course is $200 per person and is non-refundable. This will secure your booking and allow us to issue you an eLearning gift pass.

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    Please read and sign these forms and bring to the first day of your course. If you are under 18, please get a parent or caregiver to co-sign each document.

 Course Includes



Learn at your own pace with and interactive eLearning system. 


3 Shore Dives

Explore shipwrecks or spy a seahorse!


2 Boat Dives

Train in our onsite indoor heated dive pool.



You can be assured all of our equipment is expertly maintained. 


PADI Certified

Worldwide Certification valid in over 180 countries.



Transport to and from the dive sites is provided free of charge.


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