The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is where you can begin to take part in dives that interest you and increase your depth range as a diver.

On the course, you will do 5 introductory dives from PADI specialty dives of your choice (permitted by local diving conditions).

At the end of the course, you will be qualified to dive with a buddy to a depth of 30m. Your first advanced scuba diving certification card.

And what better place to learn than Kenya? From the dive base in Diani, we have a large range of dive sites which include wrecks, fantastic coral reefs and flat area for practising search patterns.  This is perfect for skill training as well as a chance to take in the wonders of the thousands of different marine species on the coral reefs and exciting local dive sites such as the popular Alpha Fungao wreck which sits at 30m.

The course is broken down into two segments, knowledge development, and open water dives.

Completing the knowledge development section, starts before you begin the course and requires you to complete the PADI Online learning for the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course. This can be accessed via the PADI Library app or via the PADI website.


PADI’s cutting-edge digital learning leads the world in diver education and enables you to complete the knowledge development in the comfort of your own home. You can take notes in the app to discuss with your PADI Instructor any concepts which you don’t understand. Assessment of learning is done via quick reviews at the end of every section in the online learning, which you must get correct to proceed so its sure you understand.

We will go by boat out to local dive sites which are suitable for conducting the training.

Each dive is an introductory dive to a specialty of your choice, for which you will have completed the relevant section in the online learning. This must include a deep dive below 18m and a navigation dive but can also include a dive on a wreck, a peak performance buoyancy dive, an underwater photography dive or many more. You will complete 3 dives on one day and two on the other.

You will have five dives in total after which you are a fully certified PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, assuming that you have met all of the other course performance requirements.

All the equipment you will need is typically included on a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course. You’ll use all the basic scuba gear including a mask, snorkel and fins, a buoyancy compensating device (jacket) that also carries your scuba tank, a scuba regulator to breathe from and instrumentation to monitor depth and air supply. You will also wear a scuba wetsuit and a weight system. All Ocean tribe rental equipment is from top manufacturers such as Aqualung and ScubaPro.

For our PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Courses we offer a choice of open water venues to complete your ocean dives, once you have completed the pool training.

The first option departs from our Diani dive bases and will visit 2 or 4 local Diani coral reef dive sites up to a maximum depth of 12m. These sites have a vast array of marine life including the turtles that Diani is  particularly famous for and normally last around half a day.

For a full day out on one of the dive days we have the option to visit the Kisite National Marine Park where there is a good chance of encounters with wild dolphins in the water. This is a full day trip and includes a dhow/boat ride to the dive site, marine park fees and a lunch on board. The boat departs from Shimoni and we transport you from Diani.

  • Swimwear
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Dry Bag
  • Water bottle (we can provide water but not in single-use plastic)
  • Towel

We recommend on the Diani Dive trips not bringing anything that you don’t want to get wet. Our dives prior do carry dive bags but space can limited and we can store items in the dive centre,

About Photos of Your Experience

If you wish to have photographs or video of your experience then Ocean Tribe can arrange to have a photographer in the water during the dives. Photographs and video taken on the experience will be available to purchase online following the dives.
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Typical PADI Advanced Open Water Course Timeline

Self Study

padi advanced open water diver course elearningYou will study the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course online material initial sections. You will then review this with your instructor and clear up anything you don’t understand.
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Day 1- Open Water Dives

Wreck dive kenyaIt’s straight to the water on this course when you complete Adventure dives of your choice from the selection available. These could include deep, navigation, underwater photography, perfect buoyancy, wreck and more. Your PADI Instructor will brief you before each dive before assessing you completing the performance requirements on the dive.
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Day 2- Open Water Dives- CERTIFICATION

padi advanced open water diver courseAnother morning in the ocean. Meet up at the dive centre then its out to the reef to complete the final two training dives. Following a similar format to the previous day, your PADI Instructor will brief you before each dive before assessing you completing the performance requirements on the dive. Once you have completed all of the course requirements and logged your dives you will be certified as an Advanced Open Water Diver and be able to increase your depth range to 30m (if you have done the deep dive as part of the course). Where will your next dive adventure take you?

PADI eLearning Can Save You Course Time

PADI eLearning allows a lot of course flexibility. To save you time to enjoy further your Kenya beach holiday in Diani, you can complete the PADI Online eLearning for the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course before you even come to Diani. This then will require the first day in the pool followed by the ocean, cutting the course time.