PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course
PADI Advanced Open Water Course
What's in the course?
5 dives in 2 days in open water (sea)
- Underwater Navigation dive
- Peak Performance Buoyancy dive
- Night dive
- Deep dive
- Naturalist or Search&Recovery dive
Minimum 12 years of age
PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another agency)
Open water dives in Sai Kung
Group courses HKD3,400 per person
Private course HKD5,800 per person
Open water (Ocean) Dives
The course includes five dives, each in a different specialty area. There are two mandatory core dives:
Underwater Navigation dive
The other three dives are selected from different specialties. In Hong Kong, we typically do
Peak Performance Buoyancy dive
Underwater Naturalist dive.
The elective dives may be other adventure dives depending on course logistics.
Your instructor will cover the specifics of each adventure dive thoroughly before the dives. You will practise navigation patterns on the boat deck or a beach and then repeat them underwater. You will learn to use your scuba equipment at night, learn the light and hand signals in the dark and improve your buoyancy skills.
The Advanced Open Water course is very much hands-on dive course: there is very little academics. You will have the Adventures in Diving manual from which you'll study the chapters pertinent to the dives you will do during the course, and complete the Knowledge Reviews at the end of those chapters. The chapters are not long and go straight to the point.
Your instructor will go over your answers to the Knowledge Review questions with you at some point during the course. In most cases, the theory review is done partially or fully on the boat or shore between the dives or after the dives. There is no exam.
How long does it take?
Two days - usually Saturday afternoon plus evening, and Sunday.
In order to participate in the Advanced Open Water Diver course, you need to be
PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another organization).
minimum of 12 years old. If you are between 12-14 years old, after successful completion of the course you’ll earn PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver certification.
Group Course HKD3,400 / person (minimum 2 participants)
Private HKD5,800 / person (One-on-one with the instructor)
The course fee includes professional instruction, PADI Adventures In Diving manual and Adventures in Diving slate, certification processing fee, use of scuba equipment, tanks and weight belts used during the course, and five (5) open water dives. Transportation to and from the pier or shore dive sites is not included.
The equipment rental does not include a dive light for the Night Dive.
Things you need
A swimsuit, towel, logbook. Possibly change of clothing appropriate to the current weather, non-alcoholic beverage and light snack.
You will also need a dive light for the Night dive, if Night Dive is one of your course dives.
Adventures in Diving Manual and Adventures in Diving slate (included in our course fee).
The manual contains information on various underwater activities and diving in different environments and is a good reference book also after the course.
The PADI Advanced Open Water course introduces you to variety of specific underwater skills and activities. For the novice diver the Advanced Open Water course is a shortcut to experience, for those who have been diving for a while, it is a chance to improve on your previous experience.
Theory: Pre-course self-study
Saturday, Aug 31 - Boat
09:00* - 21:00 Open water dives, Sai Kung
Peak Performance Buoyancy Dive
Sunday, Sep 1 - Boat
09:00 - 18:00 Open water dives, Sai Kung
Underwater Naturalist dive
After successful completion of the course you will be qualified to dive to the depth of 30 meters.
PADI Advanced Open Water course video
How to sign up
Please check the current course schedules. If the schedules do not work for you, courses can also be arranged by request. A group course may be set up with minimum of two participants. If you have a ready made group - two participants will do to get started - we can arrange a course with group course rates. There may be other students joining in.
Please contact us through the contact page or by email or phone. Our office will direct you to one of our instructors, so you can talk directly, ask questions and arrange a course schedule.
To sign up, you should come to our office to collect the study materials, fill in the paperwork and pay the course fee. It is best to set up a time with your instructor so he/she can take you through the paper work, course requirements, study materials, etc.
PADI Adventure Diver
PADI Adventure Diver is a rating between PADI Open Water Diver and PADI Advanced Diver. PADI Adventure Diver certification is an option if you could not finish your Advanced Course or if your time does not allow to attend the whole course.
PADI Adventure Diver has completed
three (3) adventure dives from any three specialties, and
the Knowledge Reviews for the three dives.
You can later upgrade to PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification by completing two more adventure dives. To upgrade, you need to have training records showing which dives you have completed.