PADI Advanced Open Water - Scuba diving

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Become a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver!

The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you get more out of diving by introducing you to new types of scuba diving adventures. It’s a great opportunity to dive with TAL Scuba instructors to build your scuba diving skills and gain more confidence.

The course consists of 5 PADI Adventure Dives which you can choose from a selection.

Have you always wanted to try digital underwater photography? How about wreck diving? Here's your chance because you can sample the dives of your choice, get a taste of what you like, and feel more at ease in the water, strengthening your underwater skills and letting you enjoy scuba diving more than ever. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of our PADI Instructors.

You can choose what you’re most interested in learning. Need to work on your buoyancy skills? Try the Peak Performance Buoyancy Adventure Dive. Want to know what you’re looking at down there? Try the AWARE-Fish Identification Adventure Dive. Choose any three of the following popular** Adventure Dives to get the Adventure Diver Qualification:

Adventure Dives available to scuba divers 10 years old and older:



Additional Adventure Dives available to scuba divers 12 years old and older:



Aware Fish Identification
Have you ever been scuba diving and asked yourself, "What was that?” The PADI Project AWARE Fish Identification Specialty course provides you with the fish identification basics so that next time, you know the answer. Even in the UK waters around Dorset there is masses of life,

Boat Diver
Boats are a great way to get to dive sites away from shore access. Learn the basics about how boat diving works, ways on and off the boat and safety whilst aboard and in the water. We have our own Dive Boat -DSV Vixen which can take you to all the popular local dive sites (there is more to diving than just shore based!)

Digital Underwater Photography (DUP)
Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and the rise of digital underwater photography has made it easier and more fun than ever. The DUP Adventure Dive gets you going quickly with todays modern digital equipment. It's a great way to relive the adventures you’ve had, and capture images to share with your friends and family. You can show them the size of the one that swam by!!

Diver Propulsion Vehicles
DPVs offer a amazing way to see a lot of the underwater world in a shorter amount of time. They scoot you through the water without effort. Whether making a shore dive or diving from a boat, a DPV is a great way to see more and have a blast doing it.

Deep Diver
After your first few scuba dives, you soon want to explore a bit deeper. There’s something exciting and mysterious about the depth that attracts divers. Explore deeper with our PADI Instructors and discover the practical aspects of deep diving and what the physiological effects of deeper scuba diving are.

Drift Diver
Drift Diver introduces you to the coolest magic carpet ride you’ll ever experience. It shows you how to enjoy currents by “going with the flow,” staying with your dive partner, communicating with the dive boat and knowing where you are the whole time. We can get you flying over the Christchurch ledges or around the Peveril Ledges which is really cool for aqautic life. You can stay down for longer and see loads more! - Its like diving with a unlimited DPV!


Take the Dry Suit, or Peak Performance Buoyancy Adventure Dives and get the speciality rating for a discounted price of only £70 (not including certification fee)

Dry Suit Diver
Dry suits let you extend your dive season and if you stay warm and toasty on a dive! Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit seals you off from the outside water and that keeps you warm! Even in surprisingly cold water. The adventure dive lets you experience this and shows you some of the differences.

Night Diver
Introduce yourself to the whole new cast of critters that comes out after the sun goes down. See your favorite dive sites from a whole new perspective at night. Very popular with new and experienced divers as you often see life which isn't out during the day! These dives are run from our Dive Boat - DSV Vixen and from shore. We visit many popular places such as Swanage Bay, Chesil Beach, Steamer Point and the Christchurch ledges. Come along and see what life you can see!

Peak Performance Buoyancy
Scuba divers like to be neutrally buoyant so they neither sink nor float. Divers who’ve mastered the highest performance levels in buoyancy stand apart. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover, almost as if by thought. A critical aspect when exploring the wrecks and reefs around the Dorset coast.

Search and Recovery
Find lost items and lift them to the surface. It’s fun to use the lift bag! Not only are these skills fun, but very practical and ultimately useful because eventually, you’ll lose something in the water! You’ll learn how to search for and methods to recover it.

Underwater Navigator
Underwater navigation can be challenge, but one TAL Scuba will help you master! You'll learn the tools of the trade, including navigation via natural clues and by compass, underwater distance measuring and mapping a route to find your way back.

Wreck Diver
Whether sunk on purpose as an artificial reef or the result of mishap, wrecks open fascinating windows to the past. Most divers find wrecked ships, airplanes and even cars nearly irresistible because they’re intriguing to explore, exciting areas of discovery, and usually filled with aquatic life. We have loads of wrecks around the Dorset coast, and this is a great introduction on learning safe exploration of the outside of a wreck and what dangers to look out for.


**Other Adventure dives are also available please contact us for more information.**

PADI Adventure Dives can also count towards PADI Specialty Diver certifications. For example, if you liked your Night Adventure Dive in Swanage Bay so much that you want to specialise as a night diver, your night adventure dive can count as the first dive of that specialty course.


What do I get?

When you sign up for the course you will get the following:PADI advanced open water with TAL Scuba

  • PADI’s Adventures in Diving Manual and DVD providing information on more than 16 types of specialty diving. You’ll use them as a guide to improve your diving skills and prepare for new experiences and adventures.
  • PADI's Adventures in Diving Slate / Data recorder.

  • 5 PADI Professional guided and taught dives.






How do I do It?

You need to be an Open Water Diver Or a Junior Open Water Diver.

To be an Advanced Open Water Diver you need to 15+ or for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver 10+

Adventure Dives are being run all the time. Pop in or give us a call and chat to one of our dive team to find out more, and when the next one is.


Whats Next?

Do 5 adventure dives - including the Underwater Navigator and Deep - and you have the Advanced Open Water Diver Certification. - Simples!! Yep it is is as easy as that!

Course Details


10+ (Junior) Open Water

Prerequisites   None

5 Open Water Dives to Qualify
1 Confined Water Orientation Dive - (If required).

Participants   1:8
Kit Included   None - Available to hire if required

Normal Dive Kit
Knowledge Reviews - COMPLETED!
Dive site fees (depending on site anything upto £18.00)

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