The PADI Advanced Open Water Course is your chance to develop your dive skills and experiment with new types of diving. It’s exciting, fun, and there are a lot of awesome dives to choose from when you are diving in Pilbara and/or the Dampier Archipelago.

Imagine diving to 30 meters, perfecting your buoyancy, or even exploring underwater at night. It’s all possible when you are diving in Western Australia. During your Advanced Course you’ll make 5 incredible dives.

There are two required dives – a deep dive and an underwater navigation dive – and another three dives which you can choose from the following options –Peak Performance Buoyancy, Night diving, Underwater Naturalist, Fish ID, Wreck Diving, Search and Recovery, Underwater Photography and more!

Let’s take a more in depth look at the two mandatory dives and some of the options which you could experience when you dive with us in Pilbara. (Please note that optional dives are subject to seasonal changes, weather and sea conditions).

Deep Dive: (Mandatory)

Once you are certified as an Advanced Open Water Diver, you’ll be able to dive to a maximum depth of 30 meters, so it’s essential that you practice deep diving procedures during your course. In the theory section you’ll take a more in depth look at decompression issues as well as nitrogen narcosis, you’ll also learn how to plan dives before making one for yourself and discovering the amazing depths of scuba diving in Karratha, Western Australia!

Underwater Navigation: (Mandatory)

Remember the compass skills from your open water course dives? The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills, helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time. You’ll also discover some of the pitfalls of navigating underwater due to conditions and distractions.

Peak Performance Buoyancy Diving: (Optional)

Are you still going up and down more than you’d like to? Do you use your air faster than your buddies? Do you have trouble staying still underwater? In the peak performance buoyancy dive you’ll put an end to your buoyancy problems. You’ll learn how to gauge the weights you need for diving, how to use breath control to fine tune your positioning, how to kick efficiently and ultimately how to be more streamlined, comfortable and efficient underwater.

Night Diving: (Optional)

Why limit yourself to seeing only the marine life that’s active during the day? As the sun goes down so many of Australia’s most cryptic critters come to life! You’ll learn how to plan a night dive, communicate with your buddy during a night dive, as well as mastering navigation at night. Be aware as night diving can become strangely addictive!

Fish Identification: (Optional)

Finding ‘that silver fish’ in marine life books is never easy so during the fish identification dive you’ll learn how to identify various families of fish by sight. You’ll learn how to record sightings including which features are most important to take note of in order to be able to identify the species later. You’ll find that the fish books which used to be appear overwhelming suddenly make sense and you might even be identifying some of Australia’s most iconic marine species!

Underwater Naturalist: (Optional)

Many divers know the names of fish and various species found when scuba diving in Western Australia, but few divers know about the entire marine ecosystem, what it includes and how it all co-exists. During the underwater naturalist program you’ll extend your knowledge beyond fish to plants, algae and the symbiotic relationships which hold the pieces of the puzzle together. This is a great dive for anyone interested in nature and eco-systems.

Underwater Photography: (Optional)

It’s hard to think of a better Instagram moment than when you are blowing bubbles and enjoying the underwater world of Western Australia. Say goodbye to blurry and blue images and say hello to crisper focus and colour! In this optional dive you’ll put into practice the SEA method (shoot, evaluate, adjust) and you’ll learn camera and housing preparation for dives, how to use underwater lights, camera settings, how to read histograms and invaluable underwater shooting techniques for capturing even the flightiest of fish!

 The PADI Advanced Open Water with Pilbara Dive & Tours

Remember the reading and theory from the open water course? The good news is that the Advanced has far less and we usually complete the course in 2 days.

If you opt for eLearning you may need to read additional sections in the manual according to your dive choices.

For divers taking the complete Advanced Open Water here in Pilbara, there are several interesting chapters to read (including one for each of your dive choices) and some theory questions to review with your instructor. There is no exam for the Advanced Open Water course and reading can be done around your dive schedule.

Don’t have time to take your full Advanced Open Water Course? No problem, take a look at our Adventures in Diving option here!

Are you ready to take the plunge and become a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver? For more information or to make reservation send us an email to: or send a message through our online contact form here: Online Contact Form

We look forward to scuba diving Western Australia with you soon!