The PADI Advanced Open Water Course is the next step in continuing your scuba diving certification in India after the Open Water Diver Course. Through this course, you are able to go up a level in terms of your scuba diving knowledge and techniques. One can enrol for the Advanced Open Water Diver course directly after completing the OW course. Through this scuba diving course in India, the divers learn to fine-tune their buoyancy and navigational skills and learn new diving activities like wreck diving, night diving etc. There are several scuba diving institutes in India that offer this course.
PADI Advanced Open Water Divers can:
- Dive up to a depth of 30 meters without the need for professional supervision.
- Fill cylinders, rent equipment and book dive excursions.
- Go on adventure dives.
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course prerequisites:
- Must be 12 years or older.
- Must be in good physical health.
- Must be a certified open water diver/ junior open water diver or have an equivalent certification.
In this course, one must complete a total of 5 adventure dives to obtain the Advanced Open Water Diver certification:
- Deep Adventure Dive: learn to plan dives and the physiological effects and challenges that come with deep-sea diving.
- Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive: fine-tune your navigational skills, and learn to navigate better through time, kick-cycles and visual landmarks.
- 3 adventure dives of your choice can be chosen from a long list of PADI adventure dives including (but not limited to) underwater photography, wreck diving, drift diving, fish identification etc.
All adventure dives may not be available at each dive centre. Centres may have a limited list of adventure dive choices available.
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course equipment:
Apart from the basic scuba equipment one learns to use in the OW diver course, the Advanced Open Water Diver course requires the diver to have a compass and a scuba knife or tool. The specialised dive gear will also depend upon your choice of adventure dives such as using dive light for night diving or lift bag for search and recovery diving.