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ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER Exploration, Excitement, Experiences.

The Advanced Open Water Course with PAN AQUA DIVING

Just finished your Open Water Dives and excited to dive some more? Advanced Open Water Diver is your next step! The course is designed to advance your diving, so, as opposed to what the name might suggest, you do not need to be advanced to take the course. Through a series of five dives, you will expand your dive skills through different Adventure Dives as well as enhance your confidence underwater. Also, it’s the next step on your way to becoming a Master Diver, the highest non-professional rating in recreational scuba diving. 



Knowledge Development

Students are responsible for reading the sections of the PADI Adventures in Diving Manual that corresponds with the particular diving specialties included in the Advanced Open Water course: Deep Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Navigation, Underwater Naturalist, and wreck Diver.


Confined Water Training

At Pan Aqua Diving, we conduct the open water component of the Advanced Open Water course at Dutch Springs, a scuba park near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. A lot of our students come to us without any type of cold water experience, so we require a night in the pool where students will wear the full wetsuit so they are able to get a feel for weighting and buoyancy differences. Also during that time, the instructor will brief the students on the dives they will conduct during the open water component as well as present information about advanced diving skills.


Open Water Practicum

The open water component, which takes place at a local scuba park called Dutch Springs, is really where the practice and education takes place in the Advanced Open Water class. (Incidentally, Dutch Springs was recently named the number one dive site in the U.S. and number three in the world by divers on PADI’s scubaearth.com!) It is really more of a practicum experience than a codified class. Students will plan and conduct five dives as part of the course. These five adventure dives can then count towards the respective specialty dives that they represent. PADI requires both a deep dive and underwater navigation dive and the student then chooses from more than fifteen adventure dives to satisfy the other three dives. Later, a student can do the classroom work and the other required open water dives for one or all of the five dives earning the specialty certification.

At Pan Aqua Diving, we are somewhat limited by our geography, so we have designed an Advanced Open Water course that suits divers of various interests including northeast wreck divers to Caribbean island hoppers. In addition to the deep and underwater navigation dives, we conduct a peak performance buoyancy dive, a wreck dive, and an underwater naturalist dive. 


In addition to basic scuba equipment, which you can rent from Pan Aqua Diving, students will need their own personal gear.  These items include a mask, snorkel, boots, and fins. A pair of dive gloves are also essential and are available for purchase. Also, students will learn about compass usage and the importance of a dive knife or dive tool. We will provide these items as necessary. 

Getting Started

As we conduct our Advanced Open Water Course locally, we are confined by the northeastern climate, so we teach the course seasonally from May through October. The open water component takes place over the course of a single weekend, with the confined water training taking place the Tuesday prior to the selected weekend. Check out our summer schedule and give us a call to enroll today!


Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver at least 12 years of age is eligible to take the Advanced Open Water Course.


Course Price: $415 (includes transportation, entrance fees to Dutch Springs, instructional costs, certification fees, tanks, and weights)

Course Materials: $46

Basic Scuba Gear (BC, Regulators, Dive Computer, and Wetsuit): Available for rent



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