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PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

You don’t have to be “advanced” to take this course – you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification. This course helps build your confidence, knowledge and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives. You will try out different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision of your Letts Dive PADI Instructor. You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.

The advanced open water class has 2 required dives, a deep dive and navigation.  You will then have 3 additional dives to round out your experience.  We do have dives that we recommend based on our dive sites, dive locations, and fulfilling your course within the class structure. 

Additionally, each Adventure Dive can be used toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI specialty course (including Deep and Navigation Specialties). If you’ve already taken a specialty diver course, ask your instructor if you’ve earned credit towards your Advanced Open Water certification as an Adventure Dive.

YOU MUST BE SIGNED UP FOR THIS CLASS NO LATER THAN ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE START OF THE CLASS – Forms and eLearning must be done prior to the first night of class.  The eLearning may take you 8 to 12 hours or more to complete.  Additionally, if there are any reasons that you would need to get a physician to sign your medical release for the course this must also be done by the first date of class.  If the eLearning or forms are not completed prior to the start of the class, you will need to be rescheduled to another class and a $100 rescheduling fee will be assessed.


  • Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Boots  
    • (Mask must be non-mirrored and fins must be scuba fins, not snorkel or freediving fins)
  • BCD
  • Regulator set with SPG and depth gauge or better (i.e. A.I. computer/transmitter)
  • Audible emergency surface signaling device (whistle)
  • Visual emergency surface signaling device (DSMB) and reel
  • Adequate exposure protection for local dive conditions.
  • Cutting tool
  • RDP or Dive computer
Additional recommended equipment/accessories include:
  • Dive computer
  • Gloves
  • Compass
  • Dive slate
You may also use or be required to purchase specialized gear depending on the Adventure Dives that you participate in.

Class will be held in Key Largo in June, August, October and December 2023.  Non Key Largo Classes require a 4 person minimum.  Charter fees, tips, food, and lodging are not included in the course price.

***Ask us about INTEREST FREE FINANCING (6 or 12 months), available for all learning packages and gear.***

Did you know that many institutions allow PADI courses to be used as College Credit? Want to learn more? Download an information sheet and Student Transcript Request form (pdf) or contact our shop for more information!


Skill Level: Advanced
Skill Details: 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. You will choose the other three, for a total of five dives. Based on this area and skills you will need throughout your diving career, Letts Dive recommends Peak Performance Buoyancy, DSMB, and Wreck or Drift Diving. 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.
Materials Included: PADI Advanced Open Water eLearning and Advanced Open Water Diver Multipurpose Data Carrier
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 Adventures Dives. Check with your PADI Instructor. If you're already an Adventure Diver, you only need to complete two more Adventure Dives to earn the Advanced Open Water Diver certification.
includes AOW eLearning and AOW data carrier slate

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.