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Advanced Open Water



About the Course

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your knowledge, confidence and your scuba skills so you can become a more confident diver. This course builds on what you've learned in your PADI open water diver course. Helps develop new capabilities and introduces you to new activities adding new and more ways to have fun scuba diving.

You will develop new skills by completing five adventure dives that introduce you to:

  • Underwater navigation (Required)

  • Deeper water diving (Required)

  • An introduction to three more Adventure Dives


To take this course, you must be at a minimum:

  • A PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver

What You Learn

The knowledge and skills you get in the Advanced Open Water Diver course vary with your interest and the adventures you have, but include:

  • Practical aspects of deep diving

  • Physiological effects of deeper scuba diving.

  • More ways to use your underwater compass

  • How to navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time

  • How to better use your dive computer and Electronic Recreational Dive Planner (eRDPML)

  • And more, depending on the Adventure Dives you choose

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all the basic scuba gear including your underwater compass. Depending on which three adventure dives you pick, you may also be introduced to a dive light, lift bags, a dive flag/float or other specialty gear.

The Learning Materials You Need

This course is offered in the eLearning format. You'll use them as a guidebook to improve your diving skills and prepare for new experiences and adventures.

For all your learning materials and equipment, contact GVO SCUBA

What It Costs

  • Advanced Open Water Diver Certification - $465 (equipment rental and quarry fees not included). At this level you should already have your scuba kit, if not we can help with that.

We will perform the in-water skills at Lake Phoenix, located in Rawlings, Virginia. Please go to their website to complete their requirements for entering the park before your scheduled class. You will have to watch a short video and sign a waiver. We can schedule your class during the week or the week end. Two days will be needed to complete the in-water portion of the course. It would be best to check in the day before class starts

Your Instructor

Rene Garcia

I received my PADI Open Water certification in 2007 and have been hooked ever since. I received my PADI Instructor rating in 2020 and am looking forward to sharing and teaching scuba to others who seek new adventures. I am certified to teach PADI Open Water courses, Emergency First Responders as well as some other PADI specialty courses.

Rene Garcia
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