We often get the question, what’s the difference between Open Water Diver and Advanced Open Water. This article lists the differences between the 2.

The PADI Open Water Diver course: Learning to dive

What happens in the course?

You learn the fundamental skills needed for diving. During the course, you read, watch videos, take quizzes, and demonstrate mastery of basic scuba diving skills.

Parts of the course:

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of 3 main portions: Knowledge Development, Confined Water Dives and Open Water Dives. Knowledge Development and Confined Water Dives are conducted at our facilities @ Lakeview Subang while Open Water Dives are conducted at an island of your choice

Why take the course?

The underwater world holds some of life’s most incredible experiences. PADI has listed 10 Reasons to Become a Scuba Diver, but essentially the Open Water Diver course will allow you to become a certified diver.

The Advanced Open Water Diver course: Go on dive adventures

What happens in the course?

The AOW Diver course is comprised of five different Adventure Dives. An Adventure Dive concentrates on a particular activity or skill within the realm of scuba – it is the first dive of a Specialty Diver course. There are 26 PADI Adventure Dives to choose from.

While you’re doing your Advanced Open Water dives, you’ll be accompanied by a PADI Professional. They are there to answer questions and help you fine-tune your technique and learn new skills.

The dives in the Advanced Open Water course are very different from those in your Open Water course. The Adventure Dives are similar to a regular dive, except that you focus on a particular diving specialty. The Deep Adventure Dive of the course involves diving deeper, between 18-30 metres / 60-100 feet. During the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive you practice navigation skills underwater while diving.

Parts of the course:

Of the five training dives you complete, the Deep Adventure Dive and Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive are both mandatory. As for the other three dives, you get to choose what interests you the most. Students in the Advanced Open Water course have very little classroom time and no written exams.

Why take the course?

You’ll gain more experience diving while under the supervision of an instructor. It’s an opportunity to try a sampling of different specialties to see what interests you the most.