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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, 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.

Important Medical Information


All student divers are required to complete the PADI/RSTC Medical Statement Participant Record form. If you can answer "YES" to one or more of the questions in the Divers Medical Questionnaire section of this form, then you are required to obtain a physician's release, without restrictions or conditions, before participating in any in-water component of the course. Please read the complete details and download the form here.


If you have a copy of this form signed by a physician within 12 months prior to the expected completion date of your course, and your medical history has not changed, then you may provide a copy of it to your instructor. Otherwise, you will need to complete a new form.


Full Course with 5 adventure dives:

  • $299 per person
    when you use your own Regulator, BCD and Dive Computer

  • $349 per person
    including rental Regulator, BCD and Dive Computer

Upgrade From Adventure Diver with 2 adventure dives:

  • $149 per person
    when you use your own Regulator, BCD and Dive Computer

  • $199 per person
    including rental Regulator, BCD and Dive Computer

Course tuition includes:

  • PADI Adventures in Diving Manual (Except Adventure Diver Upgrade)

  • PADI Adventure Dive Slate (Except Adventure Diver Upgrade)

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

  • Rental tank and weights

  • Certification processing

  • PADI certification card

*Scuba park admission, air fills and scuba equipment rental not included unless otherwise specified above.

Get Started


Stop by or call 214-227-2494 to enroll in the course, get your materials, and start learning.

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.

Advanced Open Water Diver Course Schedule


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.


Our dive center is located on the north end of South Frisco Village Shopping Center, facing Gaylord Parkway.


Scuba Frisco

2930 Preston Road, Suite 930

Frisco, TX 75034



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Saturday                  10:00am - 4:00pm

Sunday - Monday   Closed




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