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Advanced Open Water Diver

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course

advanced diver underwater lifeExploration, Excitement, Experiences. 

They’re what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course at Scubaland Adventures is all about. And no, you don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed so you can go straight into it after the PADI Open Water Diver course. 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 Scubaland PADI instructor. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving.

You’ll hone your skills by completing five adventure dives that introduce you to:

  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Underwater Navigation
  • Night
  • Deep
  • Search & Recovery or Wreck


To take this course, you must be:

  • A PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • 15 years old (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)

Register for this course by choosing one of the options below:


What You Learn

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The knowledge and skills you get in the Advanced Open Water Diver course at Scubaland Adventures 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 PlannerTM (eRDPml)
  • And much, much more, depending on the Adventure Dives you choose

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all the basic scuba gear including your underwater compass. A variety of adventure dives allow you try out underwater photography equipment, DPVs (underwater scooters), a dive light, a dry suit, lift bags, a dive flag/float or other specialty gear.

Scubaland Adventures has a huge selection of dive gear and packages.  As a mater of fact you get everything you need for the Advanced Open Water Diver for about $150.  


The Learning Materials You Need

advanced underwater diver crew pak PADI’s Adventures in Diving Manual provides information on more than 16 types of specialty diving.You’ll use it as a guidebook to improve your diving skills and prepare for new experiences and adventures.

Curious about night diving? Flip to the night diving chapter. Once you’ve previewed the skills, your instructor will guide you on your first night diving adventure. Having trouble with underwater navigation? Review the underwater navigation section then sign up for the Navigation Adventure Dive with your Scubaland PADI Instructor.


Your Next Adventure

After you’ve tried a specialty in the Advanced Open Water Diver course, you’ll probably want to take the whole course and learn more: altitude diving, AWARE-fish identification, boat diving, deep diving, diver propulsion vehicle use, drift diving, dry suit diving, multilevel and computer diving, night diving, peak performance buoyancy, search and recovery, underwater nature study, underwater navigation, underwater photography, underwater videography, wreck diving

Reasons to take an Advanced Class

  1. More experience.

    The Advanced class is all about experience! 5 more dives build dive skills that you will use just about every time you strap on a tank!
  2. More time underwater.

    You can read about diving on the internet and you talk about at work, but you can’t learn to dive without getting wet!
  3. Experience with equipment.

    Take the opportunity to test dive some of the best equipment we have to offer, or purchase you own equipment and have our Instructors and Divemasters help you fine tune it!
  4. Learn to dive on wrecks.

    Wreck diving is cool. Come see what we mean!
  5. See some different dive sites.

    Have you dived Windy Point Park, Mansfield Dam, or Spring Lake? These are just a few of our Advanced Course dive sites!
  6. Instructors are cool.

    We only let cool instructor teach Advanced Courses. Seriously, these guys are some of the most experienced instructors in central Texas!
  7. Become a Master SCUBA Diver.

    The Master SCUBA Diver rating is the highest rating available to a recreational diver and the Advanced Course is your next step!
  8. Gain more confidence.

    Enjoy your dives knowing that you have the skills and experience to tackle a variety of conditions and situations. Don’t miss out on cool dives!
  9. It’s fun.

    It’s the most fun you can have wearing rubber clothes!
  10. It only takes one weekend.

    This course is all about diving and we have special pricing and discounts for our Open Water students. Ask our staff how to continue your adventure today!


Most Advanced Open Water Diver Courses consist of 5 dives focused on the following skills:

  • Buoyancy control
  • Night diving
  • Deep diving
  • Underwater navigation
  • Wreck diving