• Advanced Open Water Class

Advanced Open Water Class

Complete five "Adventure Dives" to earn the Advanced Open Water Diver certification. 

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Class Title: Advanced Open Water

Age Requirements: PADI (Junior) 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 Adventure Dives – check with your PADI Instructor to find out more. If you’re already an Adventure Diver, you only need to complete two more Adventure Dives to earn the Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

Average Class Size: Max of 8 students per instructor

Class Location/Venue: Complete five Adventure Dives to earn the Advanced Open Water Diver certification. Included in every course are Deep, Search & Recovery, Navigation, and Peak Performance Buoyancy The remaining will be class-specific, and could include Night, Wreck, or Full Face Mask.


Day 1 - Students will meet at Lauderdale By The Sea - Detura Ave Beach Access at 2pm and complete the following 3 Adventure Dives:

  • Peak Performance Buoyancy,
  • Search & Rescue
  • Navigation.
  • AIR tanks are included in the class price for these dives but will need to be transported by you. Pick up from Scuba Monkey before the trip.

Day 2 - Course is completed on a charter boat out of South Florida Dive Headquarters (Pompano). Boat meets at 7:45am. 

You will complete 2 Adventure Dives:

  • Deep Dive
  • Wreck Dive
  • NITROX CERTIFICATION IS REQUIRED - Nitrox tanks are included in your class price but must be picked up at Scuba Monkey before the trip. 


Requirements: Cost of tanks and charter are included in this course. Any rental gear needs to be arranged before the trip and picked up at Scuba Monkey.

Students will need:

  • Rental Set (Regulator, BCD, Weights, Wetsuit)
  • Tanks (2 Per Day) Air on Day 1, Nitrox Day 2 ((Included in price)
  • Dive Computer
  • Compass
  • Safety Sausage / Marker Buoy with reel
  • Advanced Open Water Dive Manual (Included with purchase - Pick up at our store after making your reservation)
  • Padi Student Record File and current Medical Statement, which should be filled out at the Dive Center
  • Complete 5 knowledge reviews in the Advanced Open Water Manual (Peak Performance Buoyancy, Search & Recovery, Navigation, Deep, Wreck)

Class Length: Class lengths are subject to choice of Adventure Dive, but typically take two days.

Who should take this course?

Exploration, Excitement, 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 PADI 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.

What will you learn? 

There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and the class will choose the other three, for a total of five dives. During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving. 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, fish identification, exploring wrecks and many more.

What extra will you need?

All required dive gear (regulator, octopus, pressure gauge, BCD, mask & snorkel, fins, wetsuit, lights & glowsticks (night, wreck or cavern), safety whistle, safety sausage, tanks, dive computer with nitrox capability, and provided books.

How do I enroll?

Sign up above! Reservations are only held when paid in full. Be advised that a $25 rescheduling fee will be applied if you wish to cancel or change your reservation within two weeks of your course begin date. Please fill out your PADI medical release as soon as possible, as it will need to be signed by your doctor before you can begin if you must answer "Yes" to any screening questions. Please feel free to contact us to schedule private courses that fit your schedule!

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