padi advanced open water course

Go a little deeper, fine tune your skills and feel more comfortable in the water.

The PADI Advanced Open Water Course is about becoming a more experienced diver over 5 dives. There’s a little bit of online theory and homework to go with each dive and there are no exams or pool sessions. This course is all about ocean time!

After your five dives, you’ll be more experienced, feel more comfortable in the water and simply enjoy diving more because you better understand the underwater environment. Also you will be licenced to dive to 30m (or 21m for Jnr Advanced Open Water).

As a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver you will be certified to dive to 30m which will allow you to book on for deeper diving trips.

Three parts make up our PADI Open Water Course:


This is completed online through the PADI E-Learning system from the comfort of your home. You’ll work through the 5 sections in about 3 hours time and don’t worry, there are no exams for this course.

Shore Dives

Spend a day with your Dolphin Scuba Diving Instructor at the Rockingham Wreck Trail completing three shore dives. One dive will be the compulsory Underwater Navigation dive and the other 2 dives will be Peak Buoyancy Dive and Wreck Dive.

We offer these dives most Sundays and you can start any week that suits you.

There is also an option to complete a Night Dive at one of our (scheduled) Monthly Night Dive events.

Boat Dives

Spend a day with us at Rottnest Island, Marmion Marine Park or the HMAS Swan Wreck to complete two boat dives. One of these dives will be the compulsory Deep Dive and the other could be Boat Dive, Wreck Dive or Naturalist Dive.

Boat dives are scheduled every few weeks and are subject to weather and numbers. Get in touch to find out when the next dives are or have a look at our online events calendar here.


Course Schedule

Our schedule for the PADI Advanced Open Water Course is very flexible! Get started with your theory from home any time and then book in for the three shore dives which are scheduled every Sunday (subject to availability). You don’t have to complete the shore dives and the boat dives in the same weekend, you have 12 months to complete them all.

If you would like to start with the two boat dives just give us a call to discuss on 08 9353 2488.



You need to have a PADI Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organisation). The minimum age is 15 year of age (12 for PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver).

Medical Requirements:

You will be asked to complete the PADI Medical Questionnaire when enrolling in any scuba diving course with Dolphin Scuba. This questionnaire is designed to identify any health issues that could cause complications while diving. If you answer ‘no’ to all the questions you won’t need to do any more. If you have any answers ‘yes’ you will need to see a doctor for a Recreational Diving Medical before starting your course.

Download the PADI Medical Form here

Why Choose Dolphin Scuba?

We love diving – and it shows!  Our mission is to create divers who feel confident to continue diving after completing the Learn to Dive course. Having trained over 9000 divers, there isn’t much we haven’t come across and can’t help with! We take a very open and honest approach and won’t push you into committing to or buying unnecessary equipment, we just want you to love diving as much as we do.


Course Cost of $399 Includes:

  PADI Materials and Advanced Open Water Certification Card

  Individualised tuition from experienced instructors

  Three Shore Dives

  Two Boat Dives

  Air fills

  6 MONTHS INTEREST FREE on all equipment purchases over $500


Not Included:

  Rental of scuba equipment for the duration of the course is an additional $80

Optional Add-On

Become an Enriched Air Nitrox Diver at the same time as your Advanced Course! Nitrox allows you to stay down longer and benefits you when doing multiple dives in a day. Add-On price of $129 includes manual, tuition & PADI certification.

Where can I go from here?

PADI Advanced Open Water Divers can enrol in PADI Wreck or Deep Diver Specialty courses and continue on to the PADI Rescue Diver. PADI Adventure Dives can also credit towards the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver certifications. Chat to us about the options!


How to Book:

Give us a call on 08 9353 2488 and we will walk you through the options over the phone. Or you can book online and we will contact you to organise dates.