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PADI Advanced Open Water Diver & Equipment Specialist

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 Letts Dive PADI Instructor. You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.

Including the Equipment Specialty ensures you learn more about your equipment and how to handle the minor issues that show up on recreational scuba dives! Valuable knowledge.

Get credit! Each Adventure Dive may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI specialty course. If you’ve already taken a specialty diver course, ask your instructor if you’ve earned credit for an Adventure Dive.


Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Boots, Gloves, Wetsuit, BCD, Regulator, Tanks (Rentals Available)
Compass, slate, delayed surface marker buoy (DSMB), emergency signaling devices
Dive tables, Z-knife or shears, safety reel, and compass. For the Equipment Specialist class, Save a Dive kit.

You may also use specialized gear depending on the Adventure Dives you choose.
Learn to manage basic scuba diving equipment repairs and adjustments. Understand routine care and maintenance procedures and how dive gear works.

*You will be responsible for all required equipment.

Your Letts Dive Instructor may ask you to bring your basic scuba equipment to class, but will also have examples of other dive gear for you to work with during training.

***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, Boat Diving, and 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. You'll learn about routine care and maintenance procedures as well as scuba equipment storage recommendations. Your instructor will show you how to overcome some common equipment problems and offer equipment configuration suggestions. You may even get to jump into the water to try new or unfamiliar equipment.
Materials Included: PADI Advanced Open Water Materials and Equipment Specialist Materials
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.

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