Advanced Open Water Diver

The PADI Advanced Open Water course is a continuing education level scuba diving course which offers an international diving certification on completion. Advanced Open Water Divers may dive to a depth of 30 meters / 100 feet.



In order to enroll in the PADI Advanced Open Water course, you need to be at least 15 years old and a certified PADI Open Water Diver (or equivalent).


Course Structure

The PADI Advanced Open Water course is made up of two sections – knowledge development and open water training.

During the knowledge development section of the course, you will work through 5 chapters in the PADI Advanced Open Water manual, including both Deep and Underwater Navigation. Once you have completed the knowledge reviews, you will participate in a review session for each chapter with your instructor and discuss any questions you may have.

When you undergo the open water training, you will try 5 different types of specialized scuba diving in the sea with your instructor, including a deep dive and an underwater navigation dive. In addition, you will also tour the dive site and become more familiar with some of Qatar’s aquatic creatures.

Once you have you completed both sections of the Advanced Open Water course, you will receive a temporary Advanced Open Water Diver certification card, which you can start using right away! You will receive your permanent card about 30-45 days after you have been certified. 


Required Equipment

You will be required to have your own mask, fins, snorkel, dive knife/tool, compass, and dive computer (or timing device and eRDPML/RDP Table) for the duration of the course. For students completing a night dive, an underwater light is required as well. We would also recommend that you have a suitable exposure suit – a wetsuit during the winter months to protect your body from the cold and a lycra, or skin suit for the summer months to protect your body from jellyfish stings and scrapes.

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