PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

Improve your diving skills, enrich diving experiences and dive even deeper!

The Advanced course is about exploration, excitement and experiences!

The Advanced Open Water course is designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives. 

You try out different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision of our scuba instructors. Also, you log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.

How To Become an Advanced Diver?

Earn your PADI advanced certification in 2 simple steps…

1. Theory

Knowledge Development covers the principles, concepts and terms you need to know for dive safety and enjoyment. The theory part can be completed via e-Learning Advanced Open Water. The digital version of the book offers the flexibility to complete the theory from your computer or tablet.

2. Adventure Dives

Gain experience, build confidence and discover your diving abilities. The course includes five dives: a deep dive below 18m, a navigation dive and three specialty dives.

What will you learn?

There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three, for a total of five adventure dives.

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

The other three knowledge developments are related to the other three Adventure Dives which the student has chosen. You get vary with your interest and the adventures you have – photography, buoyancy control, fish identification, exploring wrecks and many more. 

 Three Adventure Dives from the list below:

  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • U/W Naturalist
  • Dry Suit Diver
  • Digital U/W Photographer
  • Night Diver
  • Underwater Videographer
  • Wreck Diver
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider
  • AWARE – Fish Identification
  • Enriched Air Diver
  • Boat Diver
  • Search & Recovery Diver
  • Delayed Surface Marker Buoy


Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving.

Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice. Only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.

The maximum depth for adults is 30 meters.

The maximum depth for kids is 21 meters.

The PADI Advanced Diver course cost is 380 €. 

We don’t pre schedule courses. When ever there is a person or a group interested in taking a course, the instructor will get the person or group together and make a schedule that works for everyone. It is always better to make a reservation a few days before if you wish to stay in the hotel or if you have a tight schedule, especially in high season (May – October).

Booking a dive course with Seahorse Dive Center is very simple. Go to the desired course page (e.g. ‘PADI Courses for Divers’ -> ‘Advanced Diver’) and click to button BOOK NOW.

If you having trouble with the online booking, you can always send us an email or call us.

The dive spots depend on the weather conditions and the choice of the adventure dives.

This one is tricky to answer because it depends on how quickly you breathe your air. The training dives should be a minimum of 20 minutes and on average first dives usually range from 30 – 45 minutes. You won’t know until you try but one thing’s for sure, your air consumption will improve the more you dive.

The underwater visibility is excellent most of the days of the year. Approximately 15 – 30 meters. 

At the depth where the open water dives take place, we meet various species from large or small groups of Mediterranean fishes. Octopuses, cuttlefishes, groupers, sea turtles, sea urchins, sponges, sea turtles, nudibranchs, shrimps, lionfishes and many more!

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee in the sea that we will meet a specific creature. 

Yes of course. The PADI Advanced Diver course is designed to make it accessible to everyone, no matter what your preferred learning style is. The program is not just reading (although there is some), you will also be able to learn the theory through video presentations, practical demonstrations and practice and instructor presentations. Also, the PADI e-Learning allow you to choose your preferred language and to study from home, at your own pace prior to going to the dive center. 

You can fly after 12 hours if you participate in just 1 dive and after 18 hours if you participate in 2 dives in a day.

Yes. Actually it is a good idea to eat light before a dive. It is not recommended to have a full heavy meal before a dive.

You can bring a towel, a pair of flip flops and your swimsuit. The diving center provides all diving equipment. 

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer any transportation services between local hotels and our diving shop. Guests are required to come to the shop to check-in for their scuba dive course.

To reach Seahorse Dive Center, you can take the Metro 2 Red Line to the terminal Elliniko station. Then you can take the bus 171 and alight at Kyprou bus stop. The diving shop is across to the bus stop. Also, at the metro stations are the ticket machines (and ticket staff) where you can purchase your all transport Athena Ticket.

Alternative, you can check map directions in google maps.