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Advanced Open Water Diver

The Course


Exploration, excitment, and experiences! That’s what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. You don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives. You try out different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision of your Scuba Frisco Instructor. You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.

Get credit! Each Adventure Dive may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver Course. If you’ve already taken a specialty diver course, ask your instructor if you’ve earned credit for an Adventure Dive.




Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old are ready to step up and enroll in an Advanced Open Water Diver course. Young divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives – contact Scuba Frisco for more information.

If you already hold a PADI Adventure Diver certification, you only need to complete two more Adventure Dives to earn the Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

The Learning

You’ll plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from a long list of Adventure Dives. There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three, for a total of five dives. You may choose from these dives: Buoyancy, Wreck, Search and Recovery, Rescue, Night, Photography, Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV), Enriched Air, and Fish Identification.

During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving - 60 to 100 feet. The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time.

The other knowledge and skills you get vary with your interest and the adventures you have – photography, buoyancy control, night diving, exploring wrecks, search and recovery, delayed surface marker buoy and more.

You may be able to get college credit for the Advanced Open Water Diver course.

Upgrade From Adventure Diver Certification Pricing

   2 Adventure Dives:

   $199 per person

Total Full Course Price:

   $349 per person

Course tuition includes:

  • PADI Advanced Open Water eLearning
    Except Adventure Diver Upgrade

  • PADI Adventure Dive Slate
    Except Adventure Diver Upgrade

  • Open water training dives with our professional instructors and divemasters*

  • Certification processing

  • PADI certification card

*Scuba park admission, air fills and rental gear not included.

Get Started


Stop by or give us a call at 214-227-2494 to get started.


The web-based system covers all the Advanced Open Water Diver course content and allows you to study at your own pace through an easy-to-use, interactive program.


Student Agreement: By registering for the Advanced Open Water Diver Course, you indicate that you have read and agree to the course policies, terms and conditions

Important Medical Form


All student divers are required to complete the Diver Medical Form. Read the form carefully and answer questions honestly. If you can answer "Yes" to question 3, 5, or 10, OR any question on page 2, then you are required to obtain a physician's release on this form, without restrictions, before participating in any Adventure Dives.


The Gear


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. For example, you’d obviously use a digital underwater camera for the Photography Adventure Dive or a unique weight configuration during the Buoyancy Adventure Dive. Your Instructor will explain the equipment that you need and may suggest additional gear, such as additional dive lights for night diving or lift bag for search and recovery diving.

Here's specific gear you'll need to have for certain dives you might choose:

  • Deep Dive

    • Primary dive light

    • Dive slate with pencil

  • Underwater Navigation Dive

    • Underwater compass (included when renting a regulator)

    • Dive slate with pencil

  • Wreck Dive​

    • Dive light​

    • Dive slate with pencil

  • Digital Underwater Photography Dive​

    • Underwater camera​

    • Dive slate with pencil

  • Delayed Surface Marker Buoy Dive​

    • Surface Marker Buoy​

    • Finger spool with line and double ended bolt snap

  • Search and Recovery Dive​

    • Underwater compass (included when renting a regulator)

    • Dive reel or Finger spool with line and double ended bolt snap​

    • Surface Marker Buoy

    • Dive slate with pencil

  • Night Dive​

    • Primary dive light​

    • Backup dive light

    • Marker light

Visit Scuba Frisco to learn more about the gear you will need to start your adventures in the Advanced Open Water Diver course.

The Next Step

With your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification, you're well on your way toward earning additional specialty diver certifications and the prestigious Master Scuba Diver certification. You may want to expand your diving skills even more with the PADI Rescue Diver course. Ask your instructor or divemaster, stop by Scuba Frisco, or give us a call for more details.

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