PADI Advanced Open Water Certification in Cozumel
“This is without a doubt, THE course to enhance the knowledge and skills you were taught in your Open Water Diver class! Classroom theory is mostly independent study and based around your interests, making it light and fun. The five adventure dives offer scheduling flexibility and a variety of specialties to pick from. Underwater Navigation and Deep dives are prerequisites, with the three additional dives of your choosing (with guidance from your instructor). This course can really showcase the value of a knowledgeable and experienced instructor.”
Overview of the Advanced Open Water Diver Certification
You’re a certified Open Water (OW) Diver and hooked on scuba diving.
(Seriously, we’re addicted to compressed air, too.)
Now, you want to get even more out of diving (and who can blame you?). Well, you’re in luck! You are already eligible to get your PADI Advanced Open Water (AOW) certification and be introduced to even more interesting parts of the underwater world.
This course is especially enjoyable because there are no tests other than learning to coexist with Mother Ocean and find real adventure in diving. It is comprised of five adventure dives and can be completed in as few as two days. PADI requires that you do a deep dive (which will increase your maximum depth to 30 meters or 100 feet) and an underwater navigation dive, which leaves you three dives of your choosing. There are many options with some of the most popular being peak performance buoyancy (learn how to control your buoyancy better which means you’ll use air less rapidly while diving and be able to get closer to aquatic life), wreck, night, and drift (when you follow the current rather than return to the boat) dives. There are many other adventure dives you can do as well.
In addition to allowing you to go deeper than an Open Water Diver’s limit of 18 meters or 60 feet, the adventure dives are also the first dives of their corresponding PADI specialty certification courses. For example, if you do the wreck adventure dive and decide you want to become a certified Wreck Diver so that you can penetrate wrecks later on, you only have to do 3 more wreck specialty dives to get certified.
Some people think about putting off the advanced rating until they’ve had more time diving, but really there’s no reason to do that. In fact doing it shortly after your Open Water Diver certification course can help you greatly as the course will help you get more comfortable in the water and give you more practice with an instructor supervising.
Some people feel a bit anxious about doing a deep dive. It seems the whole idea of going “deep” can make some novice divers nervous. “Won’t it hurt?” The truth is there is very little different about diving deep as opposed to shallow dives. You will use air more quickly if you stay at depth for a longer period of time, and the deeper your dive the less bottom time you’ll be able to enjoy. Your body won’t really feel any differently.
“Why bother going deep?” Some of the larger fish, like big groupers and rays, tend to hang out in the deeper depths. Also, wrecks are most often found at depths beyond the open water limits. By not being able to dive past 18 meters/60 feet, you’re really limiting the full experience you can enjoy while diving.
The underwater navigation dive will help you improve on your underwater compass skills and give you the confidence to be able to find your way back to your starting point, or to use a dive map to locate something really cool that other divers have discovered.
If you’re currently an Open Water Diver or preparing to get certified, definitely consider getting your advanced open water diver certification. It will bring a whole new level to your diving.
Requirements to Become a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
- Be a certified PADI Open Water Diver or have an equivalent certification from another certifying agency.
- Be at least 12 years old.
- Complete the PADI Continuing Education Administrative Document.
- Log 5 adventure dives with your scuba instructor; two of which must be Deep Diver and Underwater Navigator.
Scuba gear – masks, fins, buoyancy compensators and regulators are not included in the PADI Advanced and Adventure Diver Certification course price but can be rented for $20 per day.