The PADI Advanced Open Water course is designed to improve your underwater knowledge and skills. You can take the course directly after the Open Water Diver certification.
The course is structured to help build your confidence in the many skills needed for diving. It introduces you to different diving activities such as navigation, deep diving, drift diving, wreck diving and perfecting your buoyancy skills.
The course is structured around 5 dives over 3 days. 2 dives are mandatory, the deep dive and the navigation dive. The other 3 can be selected with the help of your instructor based on your interests and they type of diving we have here in Cozumel.
Choose to do the Theory part of the course before you arrive with PADI E-Learning or do the theory when you arrive.
The Deep dive is a mandatory dive for the AOW course. On this dive you will learn the importance of dive planning and gas management and how to deal with the effects of Gas Narcosis. You will also learn about what special equipment is needed for deep diving, as well as learning about the effects of color and light at depth.
The Navigation Dive is the second mandatory dive of the AOW course. Here you will learn how to use a compass underwater using more advanced navigational techniques than your OW course, you will also learn about how to read natural references under the water in order to help you navigate successfully.
The other 3 dives you can choose from this list:
- Digital Underwater Imaging
- Dive Against Debris (AWARE)
- Enriched Air
- Fish ID
- Peak Performance Buoyancy
- Search & Recovery
- Shark Conservation (AWARE)
- Underwater Naturalist
Dives we recommend for diving in Cozumel are:
In Cozumel we have current all the time, ranging from a light stroll to ripping depending on the sites you choose. The drift dive is an important choice when diving here. On this dive you will learn how to drift efficiently in the current, how to slow down and to stop and how to enjoy the site at a comfortable pace. You will also learn about techniques needed to descend and ascend safely.
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Buoyancy control is the key to diving. The PPB dive focuses on the best techniques for enhancing this essential skill. The best divers can simply hang in the water, pivot through their centre points and reverse through the water without sculling and flapping their hands and feet and destroying the reef around them. You will find your correct weighting and trim in the water. Fine-tuning your buoyancy, will pay dividends as you progress further in your diving. Your confidence and gas consumption will improve as well, along with your buoyancy control and protecting of the marine life around you.
Night diving is a popular choice as the reef is very active at night . This kind of diving requires different signaling, equipment and planning considerations, both above and below the surface.
Enriched Air / Nitrox
Both recreational and professional divers commonly use Enriched Air, sometimes known as EANX or Nitrox. The Enriched Air Diver course is essential these days. The gas laws that you’ll learn to apply when planning enriched-air dives will also apply if you progress in technical diving. Doing the Enriched Air Adventure Dive is a great starting point.
Whether you’re interested in the history, the challenge, or the aquatic life these structures attract, there’s something for everyone when it comes to wreck diving. Many destinations offer wreck dives. The Wreck Adventure Dive is a great foundation in basic wreck diving. You will learn wreck dive planning, wreck assessment, wreck navigation and hazard identification.
Here in Cozumel we have the C-53 wreck and 2 smaller ones we call ‘2 boats’ both great site for this wreck adventure dive.
With so many species of fish in Cozumel, You’ll enjoy your dives even more when you recognise the creatures that you see and can identify the main fish families and their characteristics.
Learn more about symbioses, underwater ecology, and aquatic plant and animal habitats, you will learn to notice behaviours and see creatures you may have previously missed.
If you are interested in advancing your diving and learning some new skills email us at email@example.com for bookings and more information.
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