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Advanced Open Water

Continue the adventure

Get a taste of five adventure dives over a fun weekend in Kaikoura

Diving, like any pastime, requires practice to perfect existing skills and to learn new ones and this is where the PADI Advanced Open Water Course comes in. Most people assume that the Advanced Open Water Course is for 'advanced' divers and that they need vast amounts of dive experience to take part. On the contrary, this course is aimed at extending the skills of the newly certified and extending the skill base of the experienced diver. If you travel overseas you don't want to be limited by depth or experience level but having this qualification ensures you get to go out on the best dives. This program gives students the chance to learn new skills and techniques all under the guidance of a qualified professional. For the diver who has been diving for a number of years this is a chance to brush up on skills, unlearn any bad habits that may have formed and learn new skills for new types of diving.

To be certified as an Advanced Open Water Diver you need to complete 5 adventure dives that must include the Deep Adventure Dive and the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive, plus 3 others. Within reason you can select which other adventure dives you complete but usually we offer the Peak Performance Buoyancy Adventure Dive, Boat Adventure Dive and Night Adventure Dive to give you a wide range of skills so you gain the freedom to take part in a variety of dives.

This course emphasizes student involvement in all aspects of dive planning and gives you the ability to safely plan your dives independently, once the course is finished.

The dives on this course also count towards the respective specialties and give you a taste of the various options that you have to continue your education. The PADI Advanced Open Water certification is also a prerequisite for various specialty courses. If you are unsure about what interests to follow in diving or just want to improve your skills then this is the course for you.

Course Structure - Kaikoura: $599

The course is run over an evening and a weekend with a pool session if required and plenty of time to sort out any gear requirements. There is a small amount of theory to do, either online with PADI e-Learning or in a study book, and 5 knowledge reviews to complete before the course begins. If you have been out of the water for some time or have never dived with us before you will have to attend a pool session, and some specialties will require some pool time before we head to the open water.

The knowledge development can take as little as 3 hours if you have done your homework and if a pool session isn't required. Check with us when you book if you need to have a pool session. 

The Open Water weekend will consist of 5 dives, normally in Kaikoura. We leave Dive HQ Christchurch at 08:30 Saturday morning and return to Christchurch Sunday afternoon with a nights accommodation included in the price.



  • Manuals / Certification
  • Dive Cylinders and Air
  • 1 Pool session if required
  • 5 Open Water Dives
  • 1 Nights accommodation in Kaikoura
  • Option to buy a 6th dive on our Dive Boat (if available at time)


  • Medical form signed by a doctor within the last 12 months
  • Read and Sign Dive HQ Christchurch disclosure course agreement form
  • Own dive gear (except cylinders) or hire from us at $100 (Refundable against package if purchased in store within one month)
  • Completed knowledge reviews for Deep, Navigation and 3 others from PADI manual before start of course
  • A pool session if necessary
  • Safety sausage
  • Torch


  • Compass
  • Slate
  • Dive Alert

Kaikoura Extras:

  • Warm Clothes
  • Food and/or money to buy food in Kaikoura. 

Extra add ons:
If you feel the cold you can also complete your Advanced Open Water Course in the comfort of a dry suit for an extra $150. This includes the hire of the suit and an extra lesion for using the suit safely.

Course Structure – Private:
Need more flexibility in your course? Contact us here for other options.

Advanced Open Water dates and schedule

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