PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course

The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course will take your skills to the next level. The Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and builds your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water.

First of all, you will complete 8-10 hours of theory either via a manual or online through the PADI eLearning® system. After you have mastered the theory portion of the course, we will complete five open water dives over two days of practical training. You will complete an Advanced Boat Dive, Underwater Navigation Dive, Underwater Naturalist Dive,  and a Wreck or Peak Performance Buoyancy Dive.

See more course information and start dates below.


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The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course will take your skills to the next level.

The Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and builds your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. 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.

The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course also qualifies you to continue your dive education with either PADI Specialty Courses or the PADI Rescue Diver Course

As a minimum when you start your course you will want your own mask, fins, snorkel, boots, gloves and a knife. While you can hire mask and fins these items do have a very personal fit and you will be more comfortable in your own equipment. For the duration of the course, we provide all of the SCUBA equipment you need,  but you can, of course, choose to provide your own. Dive Otago has a wide range of scuba equipment for sale and your instructor can help you choose the best gear for your diving needs.

You will need to provide:

  • Wetsuit (7mm)
  • Mask, Snorkel, Scuba Diving Fins
  • Weight belt
  • Gloves
  • Boots
  • Dive knife
  • Signal tube (Safety Sausage)

Equipment Hire Options

Package 1 | $50 Mask, snorkel, fins, weight belt and weights |  $50 for the duration of your course.
Package 2 | $50  Wetsuit (7mm) $50 for the duration of your course.

Please Note:  Hire packages are for all course days. We do not hire boots, gloves, knives or signal tubes.

When you're certified as an Advanced Open Water diver you'll be able to dive to 30 meters whenever you're accompanied by a fellow diver of the same or higher certification level (the other diver must be 18+). You don't have to be accompanied by a Divemaster or Instructor, but can be if you'd prefer. You're also eligible to do the Rescue Course and many Specialty Courses.

The Advanced Open Water certification is forever and never needs to be renewed.  However, it is recommended that if you haven't dived for a while (usually a year or more) or feel the need to brush up your skills, to refresh with a ReActive Course.  This review is a short refresher course with a professional that can be integrated into your first regular dive.

If you’re interested in taking your training to the next level talk to your instructor about where you would like to get to, and what time you have available, and we will work something out to suit your needs.

Rescue Diver
Challenging and rewarding best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. Building upon what you’ve already learned, this course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems and how to manage them if they occur. The fun part about this course is rising to challenges and mastering them. Most divers find this course both demanding and rewarding and at the end, say it’s the best course they’ve ever taken.

Master Scuba Diver
If you want to take recreational diving to the ultimate level then ask your instructor about what it takes to achieve a PADI Master Scuba Diver rating– As a PADI Rescue Diver, you will need to complete 5 different specialties and have 50 logged dives.

Dive Otago is also one of New Zealand’s leading providers of tertiary diving career programmes.

Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction
Our most popular career programme is the 36-week full-­time tertiary Diploma course.  It will take you from beginner right through to specialty Instructor.

The National Certificate in Diving
This part-time (1 year approx) or full-time (16 week) programme will take you from beginner through to Rescue Diver and leads on to the Leadership/Divemaster programme.

If you are interested in one of these courses please talk to your instructor at the beginning of your course or email one of our tertiary team directly: careercourses@diveotago.co.nz

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