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Advanced Open Water Diver

Learn new skills & progress your diving.


What will you learn in the Advanced Open Water Diver course?

The PADI 5* Advanced Open Water Diver course builds onto your fundamental dive skills learnt during your Open Water Course. Introducing you to new depths, perfecting your buoyancy, refining your navigation and more!


The standard course schedule

DAY 1:

Your PADI Advanced Open Water Course will start at 9am here at Adelaide Scuba.

You will meet you instructor, the other students on the course and prepare your equipment.

You will then head down to Port Noarlunga (transport not included) and co0mplete 2 dives (Peak Performance Buoyancy & Underwater Navigation).

You will be finished and heading back to the shop for a packdown and wash up around 4/5pm (dependant on weather, time in water etc.)


DAY 2:

The second day will be your 3 boat dives.

You will begin anywhere between 8am and 10am (weather depending) at Adelaide scuba where you will depart from our marina for 3 dives (Deep, Wreck, DSMB/Fish ID).

You will return to Adelaide Scuba by 5pm

Before Starting

Before you start your learning

  • You must be already qualified as an Open Water level Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organisation). Be 15 years old (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver).
  • You will fill out the Dive Medical Questionnaire before starting the course. This will tell you whether you are fit to dive or whether you need to be approved by a doctor. If you need to see a doctor for clearance, please make sure that you do so before the course commencement date. Our staff can answer any questions you may have about seeking out the dive medical, however it is essential that you have obtained clearance prior to starting your course. Adelaide Scuba do not provide refunds for a failed medical after you have attended the class orientation and registration.
  • A minimum age of 12 years applies. Every student under the age of 18 needs to have a parent or a guardian sign a consent form (available from the dive centre). Students younger than 15 years old will attain a Junior Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver certification on completion of all performance requirements.

Equipment requirement

We have gear available to hire if you have not yet taken the plunge to purchase your own kit! However, if you're loving diving and are ready to invest in your own SCUBA kit, come in and speak to the experienced shop team to learn about the many options available. Minimum gear recommended at this level of diving includes SMB (surface marker buoy) and spool, knife or line cutting device and compass.


Frequently Asked Questions

Will I need to bring any gear myself (for example mask, snorkel, fins and dive boots)?

All gear will be provided by Adelaide Scuba (excluding mask and snorkel). However, we will still teach you about the different types of gear available and to maximize your enjoyment of the experience, we do recommend coming in-store to have a look at our mask range - your dive mask is the most important piece of equipment you will invest in. Feel free to come in and try some on!

What If I fail my dive medical?

It is always best to read through the medical questionnaire first to determine if you need doctor clearance. If you have a known medical condition we encourage you to seek out the medical and gain clearance before you commence your eLearning. A medical clearance by a diving doctor will last for 12 months. The eLearning portion of the course is not refundable and once commenced the course is not refundable by Adelaide Scuba. Please ask our friendly staff if you have any questions about how this process works.

Can I reschedule the course if I cannot complete the online training in time or get my medical in time?

Rescheduling is available for any reason, however there is rescheduling fee of $100 if this is within 14 days of the course start. As soon as your course space is booked with us there is a lot of preparation in place to ensure your gear and Instructor is available. We ask that you please give us as much notice as you can - our courses are scheduled 12 months in advance and can be booked out up to 3 months in advance at some times of the year.

I have a voucher, can I use this for the course cost?

Yes, of course! You can put your voucher towards your Learn To Dive Course, all vouchers redeemed MUST be within the expiry date & will not be extended.

What happens when there is a turn in the weather?

Adelaide Scuba staff monitor the weather forecasts closely all year round and will provide you with as much notice as possible if the conditions look unsafe for scuba diving. Water conditions are not always determined by sunshine but primarily by wind, rain, current and swell. South Australia has a variety of dive sites, which are suitable in varying weather conditions. If the prediction is for unsafe conditions we may have to reschedule the course dives to another time & will discuss this based on student and Instructor availability.

Getting to & from the dive sites

Transport is not included between the dive shop and port noarlunga.


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