PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver Course

Course Introduction

Exploration, Excitement, Experiences are what the PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver course is all about and you dont have to be advanced to take. The course is designed so you can go straight into it after completing the PADI Junior Open Water Scuba Diver Course.

The Junior Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. This course builds on what you have learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving.


Course Overview

The primary difference between the PADI Adventure Diver course and the PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver course are training dives. In the PADI Adventure Diver program there are 3 training dives and in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course there are 5 training dives.


  • The Fun Part: Your Choice
  • One reason youll love the Junior Advanced Open Water Diver course is that you and your instructor choose from 15 types of Adventure Dives to complete your course. You can try your hand at digital underwater photography, wreck diving, diving with underwater scooters, peak performance buoyancy and much more.

  • Get credit! Each Adventure Dive in the PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver course may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver course.

What You Learn

The knowledge and skills you get in the PADI Jonior Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver Course vary with your interest and the adventures you have, but include

  • Practical aspects of deep diving

  • Physiological effects of deeper scuba diving.

  • More ways to use your underwater compass

  • How to navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time

  • How to better use your Dive Computer and electronic Recreational Dive PlannerTM (eRDPTM)

  • And much, much more, depending on the Adventure Dives you choose



Inside your PADI Adventures in Diving Manual you will find 16 different specialty diver courses to choose from. Underwater Navigator and Deep diver are mandatory courses for the PADI Jr Advanced Open Water Diver Certification. The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course begins with independent study and knowledge development. Students will begin by watching the PADI Deep Diver, Wreck Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Drift Diver and Navigation videos. Then Students will read and complete all 5 corresponding knowledge reviews inside of their PADI Adventures in Diving Manual. Your instructor will review your knowledge reviews during your classroom session. All academic materials including videos are available online.



      Specialty Training Dives

      There are a total of 5 Open water dives. There are 3 open water beach dives and 2 open water boat dives that will need to be completed before you can become a certified PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver.

    • Underwater Navigation Dive

    • Peak Performance Buoyancy Dive

    • Drift Dive

    and 2 open water boat dives

    • Deep Dive

    • Wreck Dive

Each open water dive is approximately 1 hour, air permitting.


Dive Location

Dive site location changes from class to class. However we typically conduct our boat dives off the second reef (depth 45 to 60 feet) and third reef (depth 60 to 100 feet) of Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach and Lauderdale by the sea. Our beach dives are conducted in front of Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach and Lauderdale by the sea on the shallow sub reefs (depth 12 to 20 feet).


    ERecommended Additional Training (optional)

    We suggest that all divers enrolling in PADI Specialty Course take the PADI Enriched Air Scuba Diver Course first in order to increase bottom time during your training dives.


    course duration

    The total course duration is approximately 15 hours typically conducted over 3 classes. For more information on specific scheduling for this course please click on the calendar below.

Course Prerequisites

    prerequisite training

    PADI Open Water or Jr Open Water Scuba Diver or qualifying certification from another training organization equivalent.

      Age requirements

      The PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver Course ages 12 to 14 years old

      The PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Driver Course is for ages 15 Years and Older.

        special restrictions after certification

        PADI Junior Adventure Scuba Divers from the age of 10 to 11 will be restricted to a maximum depth of12 m / 40 feet and will need to be accompanied by parent/guardian or a PADIprofessional, such as a PADI Divemaster, PADI Assistant Instructor or PADI Instructor during all Scuba diving activities.

        PADI Junior Adventure Scuba Divers from the age of 12 to 14 are qualified to dive onlywhenaccompanied by another certified scuba diver who is of legal age 18 years old.  Maximum depth restriction for 12 to 14year olds is 21m /70 feet.

      required Books

      The PADI Adventures in Diving Manule

      The Advanced Open Water crewpak includes the Adventures in Diving manual, a surface marker buoy and a whistle.

      required equipment

      Standard SCUBA Gear: Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Compass, Dive Computer or Dive Watch, Knife, Safety Sausage, Communication Slate, Safety Whistle, Dive Lights, BCD, Regulators with Submersible Pressure Gauge, Tanks, Weights, Gloves and Wetsuit if required(during winter classes).

      Rental equipment is not included in this class. If you need to rent equipment please do not forget to select the rental equipment you will need when you book your course.

      Equipment required for the following Adventure Dives

      Underwater Navigation

      • Compas

      Peak Performance Buoyancy

      • None

      Deep Diver

      • Dive Computer or a Watch

      Wreck Diver

      • 2 Dive Lights (primary and backup)
      • Gloves

      Drift Diver

      • None

      Additional equipment may be required depending on which adventure dives you select.

      Specialized Equipment

      Students may need to rent or buy the specialized equipment for their particular adventure dives. This is not included in the price.

      waivers and liability releases

      All participants must sign the following PADI release prior to any in water training.

        • Certified Diver Experience Programs Liability Release and Assumption of Risk Agreement

        • PADI Standards Save Diving Practice Statement of Understanding

        • PADI Medical Statement

        • PADI youth diving responsibility and risk acknowledgment

        Parent or guardian signature is requiredfor participants younger than legal age for all PADI programs.

    We do not accept equipment that is unsafe or damaged to be used in any of our programs. 

    If you have any questions on whether the equipment you have will be acceptable for this program, please contact us prior to class for a free equipment evaluation.  We service and repair Scuba equipment. Safety First!

    Your Next Adventure

    After you’ve tried a specialty in the Advanced Open Scuba Water Diver Course, you’ll probably want to take the whole course and learn more: altitude diving, AWARE-fish identification, boat diving, deep diving, diver propulsion vehicle use, drift diving, dry suit diving, multilevel and computer diving, night diving, peak performance buoyancy, search and recovery, underwater nature study, underwater navigation, underwater photography, underwater videography, wreck diving.

PADI Course Cost, Location and Schedule

    Sign-up Today Start Diving Tomorrow

    We offer private lessons seven days a week sign up today start diving tomorrow. We offer group lessons for the Advanced Open Water course twice a month. Check the course schedule for more details.

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Youth Diving Responsibility and Risk

Parents and Junior Divers Must Watch This Video Together