Advanced Open Water Diver

Expand your diving skills

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Advanced Open Water Diver

The Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about improving your diving skills (Advanced Diver). Practiced for this purpose are navigation, buoyancy and deep diving, and you do three more special dives of your choice (something like a “specialty plate” from which you choose this and that). Each of your specialty dives can count toward the corresponding PADI® certification of a specialty course.

Here are some of the many possibilities: Deep, Digital Underwater Photographer, Enriched Air Nitrox, Fish Identification, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Search and Recovery, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Navigation, and Wreck Diver.

  • Get to know different types of diving
  • Practice navigating
  • Gain more diving experience
  • Explore depths from 18 meters / 60 feet
  • Improve your buoyancy
  • Use a compass

What is included in the price

Training materials

  • PADI Learning Materials

Rental equipment

  • Mask, snorkel, wetsuit, fins, regulator, jacket – everything you need!


  • Round trip from the hotel (within El Gouna)
  • Port and boat fees

What is not included in the price

Lunch and drinks are paid daily on the boat.

Our crew on the boat strives daily to cook us excellent food. Through direct billing, the chefs can purchase more flexibly and the earnings go directly to the crew.


Course Prerequisites: PADI Open Water Diver, Junior Open Water Diver, or qualifying beginner level certification.

The minimum age to start an Advanced Open Water Diver course is 12 years.

  • Divers who are at least 15 years old receive the Advanced Open Water Diver certification.
  • Divers ages 12-14 receive a Junior Advanced Open Water Diver certification.
  • Divers ages 10-11 can earn a Junior Adventure Diver certification; once they turn 12, they can complete the deep dive and earn a Junior Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

Once Junior Advanced Open Water Divers are 15 years old, they automatically become Advanced Open Water Divers. Any replacement certification or eCard purchased after a diver’s 15th birthday will automatically show Advanced Open Water Diver (rather than “Junior”).

Other info

We always start at 8 o’clock in the morning and are back at the hotel at 5 o’clock at the latest.

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Frequently asked questions

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Can I dive as a single person?

Sure, we always find a suitable buddy for you.

What does it take to learn to dive?

Learning to dive is an indescribable adventure! With PADI as your dive training organization by your side, the exciting journey to breathing underwater is broken down into three exciting phases.

  1. Knowledge transfer/theory
  2. Practical training in shallow water/pool diving skills
  3. Open water dives

1. knowledge transfer to the theory

During the first phase of your PADI Open Water Diver training, you will learn the terminology and first develop an understanding of the fundamentals of diving. For example, you’ll learn how water pressure affects your body, how to choose the best diving equipment for you, and what to consider when planning your dives.

At the end of the five chapters on diving theory, you will review the material you have learned with your instructor before your knowledge is tested in a short test. The subsequent longer exam will show whether you have really internalized all the basic concepts of recreational diving. However, if there are any points that are unclear, you will go over them with your teacher until they are clear to you.

The following options for learning the theory are available to you:

Start now and learn to dive online with PADI eLearning and set your own pace – whenever and wherever you want. Attend a scheduled dive course at the PADI dive center nearest you. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from home with PADI multimedia materials (manual, video, CD-Rom) available for purchase at your local PADI dive store or resort.

2.swimming pool dives – practicing diving skills

Here it’s all about one thing – diving. With your first dives in the pool or pool-like conditions, you will develop basic diving skills. Here you will learn how to assemble your diving equipment and you will see how easy it is to remove water from your mask without surfacing.

Learning some emergency situations, like sharing your air with another diver or exchanging your mask with another underwater, are also part of diver training. Your training includes five swimming pool dives that build on each other. During this time you will learn all the skills you need to dive in open water.

3. open water dives – learn to use your skills

After the dives in the pool, you’ll head into the “real” water with your new friends and your PADI instructor for four dives. Here you will experience the real underwater adventure – of course, first as a beginner, and you will have to repeat some exercises that you have already learned in the pool. For the open water dives we go 2 days out to the Red Sea with our dive boat.

How long does it take to get certified?

It is quite possible to complete your pool and open water dives in as little as three to four days if you do the theory portion either online through PADI eLearning or self-study through your local dive school or resort.

The PADI Open Water Diver course is extremely flexible and performance-based, which means that your PADI dive store can offer you a tremendous variety of lesson plans to suit your own learning pace.

Your instructor is all about you learning to dive, not letting you stew in the classroom for a long time.

Your training is therefore primarily focused on knowing what you need to know and how to apply that knowledge properly. This means you set your own pace and either progress faster or slower – depending on how much time you need to become a confident diver who goes diving regularly. You can start learning to dive directly through the Internet with the PADI eLearning program. Contact us and we will activate your digital learning package for you.

What is the visibility underwater in the Red Sea?

The visibility is usually about 25m

What happens if I use up all my air?

This case will most likely never happen to you because you have a gauge that tells you how much air you have left throughout the dive. This way you can get back to the surface in time and with a safe air reserve. But to answer the question anyway, if you do run out of air, use your dive buddy’s second mouthpiece to breathe from their tank while you surface together. There are other ways you will learn during your dive training.

What about sharks?

Only if you are lucky, you will get to see a shark while diving. Even though there are incidents with sharks from time to time, it is very, very rare that anything happens. Shark accidents while diving are mostly cases of harpoon fishing or shark feeding, both of which arouse the sharks’ feeding instinct. Most of the time you will only see sharks swimming by and it is a rather rare sight to be enjoyed.

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