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PADI Advanced Open Water Course



You don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course consists of 5 Adventure Dives, there are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three, for a total of 5 dives.

During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving. The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time.

After this course you’ll be certified to dive to 30 metres.

The other knowledge and skills you get vary with your interest and the adventures you have – buoyancy control, fish identification, exploring wrecks and many more.

Boat Adventure Dive

Drift Adventure Dive

Fish Identification Adventure Dive

Peak Performance Buoyancy Adventure Dive

Search and Recovery Adventure Dive

Underwater Naturalist Adventure Dive

Digital Underwater Imaging Adventure Dive (only with your own camera)

Night Adventure Dive (only available in Stone Town)

Wreck Adventure Dive (only available in Stone Town)

You’ll have to do a pool session in the afternoon of the day before your diving day starts, this is what PADI calls a diver assessment and it is a course requirement. It is a small pool session where you’ll refresh the basic scuba skills, as it is important for us to see you in the water before we take you deep diving for instance.

The theory part of the course is independent self-study. You can do this here in Zanzibar or already from home with the Advanced Open Water e-learning. The payment for the e-learning is made directly to PADI and is not included in our course price. The payment to PADI includes an e-manual and the certification.

You will need to be affiliated to our dive centre when you register, The Zanzibar Dive Centre, One Ocean, store number 7839.

After the successful completion of the e-learning, you will receive your eRecord which you will have to bring when you start the course.

Split your course between Stone Town and Mnemba Atoll! You can start your course in Stone Town and complete the diving at Mnemba. Contact us for more details.

Schedule for 2.5 days

If you only have limited time, it is possible to do the first 3 Adventure Dives on the first diving day and 2 last Adventure Dives on the second diving day.

Day 1

2:30 p.m.: Paperwork and diver assessment

Day 2


Morning: Boat trip with 3 Adventure Dives*

Stone Town:

Morning: Boat Trip with 2 Adventure Dives

5:00 p.m.: Night Adventure Dive

*2 of the dives will be with a maximum time of 25-30 minutes dive time

Day 3

Morning: Boat trip with 2 Adventure Dives

Schedule for 3.5 days

If you have more time to spend, you can choose to complete the course with 3 days out on the boat. You would do 2 Adventure Dives on the first two diving days and one last Adventure Dive on your last diving day. As we are always going out for 2 dives a day, you can add one extra dive without any skill requirements so you can practise what you have learnt during the course.

Day 1

2:30 p.m.: Paperwork and diver assessment

Day 2

Morning: Boat trip with 2 Adventure Dives

Day 3

Morning: Boat trip with 2 Adventure Dives

Day 4

Morning: Boat trip with 1 Adventure Dive followed by 1 fun dive


Diver Prerequisites

  • At least 12 years of age
  • Hold at least a PADI Open Water Diver certificate, or the equivalent of the PADI Open Water Diver from another recognized training agency


  • You’ll be required to fill out a medical questionnaire before you can start a course with us. If you read through it and are able to answer all the questions with NO, then there is no need to go and see a doctor. If there is a question that you would answer with YES, then you have to get a medical clearance from a doctor before you can start the course.
  • When planning your trip please take in account the PADI diving and flying guidelines:
    For 1 dive you must not fly less than 12 hours after your last dive.
    For multiple dives (2 or more) you must not fly less than 18 hours after your last dive. As our diving usually finishes at 1:00 p.m., this would mean you should not fly before 7:00 a.m. the next day. For more safety we highly recommend 24 hours.


Please check on the map if we offer free transfer from your hotel.


  • No refund can be given to the following:
    • Divers who are not allowed to dive due to a missing medical clearance
    • Divers who cannot equalise
    • Divers who decide not to dive due to personal reasons
    • Guests who do not arrive on time at the specified meeting point
  • For cancellations made with more than 24 hours notice we will charge 10% of the prepaid amount.
  • Cancellations made within less than 24 hours will be charged at full rate (including no shows in the morning).
  • Bad weather in the morning, unless it makes the trip unsafe, is not a reason to cancel the trip.

Rescheduling of dives during courses

  • Courses taken longer than our schedule will be charged the extra days.
  • If the course days have to be rescheduled because the minimum requirement of theory training hasn’t been reached, the days will be charged extra.
  • Rescheduling cannot be guaranteed and is depending on the availability of an instructor and space on the boat.
  • Courses that cannot be completed will be charged for the training that has been done and a referral form will be issued.

We strongly advise to read the cancellation policy and if you have any questions to contact us by e-mail.