PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Material Update

Following the recent revision to the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course and the article at the beginning of the year on implementing the Updated PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course – we have started rolling out additional student and professional material in the following languages:

Chinese (both Traditional and Simplified* versions.*New*); French; German; Japanese; Korean and Spanish.

Below is a reminder of the product codes of the PADI Advanced Open Water course material:

  • Basic Advanced Open Water Diver Certification Pak & Online PIC (P70139L was P70014L). For Paper PIC use Code 70139L.
  • Advanced Open Water Diver DVD – English only (70832)
  • Advanced Open Water Diver DVD – English, French & Spanish Audio (70832E/F/S) *New*
  • Advanced Open Water Diver DVD – Dutch, German & Italian Audio (70832 DU/G/I) *New*
  • Advanced Open Water Diver Instructor Cue Cards (60296 was 60196)

The revised AOW answer keys are available & posted to the PADI Pros Site under Training Essentials/Curriculum/Revised AOW Course Information Page and under Training Essentials/Curriculum/Exams and Assessments/AID.

To order, contact your PADI Regional Training Consultant or for information and pricing.

Important: Error in Chinese Advanced Open Water Diver Course Manual

Please note that there is an error in both the Simplified and Traditional Chinese Versions of the Advanced Open Water Diver Course Student Manual, in the Deep Dive section on Page 77 – Version #70139SC and #70139C.

The translated, printed versions state incorrectly that if you have to ascend following a computer failure you should “make a three-minute (or longer) safety stop at 18 metres/60 feet”. The correct depth for this stop is 5 metres/15 feet.

Here is the correction for the printed student manual in Simplified Chinese:

在水深 5 米/15 英尺处(或电脑表说明书指示的深度)做 3 分钟(或更久)的安全停留。

Here is the correction for the printed student manual in Traditional Chinese:

在水深 5 公尺/15 英呎處(或電腦錶說明書指 示的深度)做 3 分鐘(或更久)的安全停留。

Please take note of this for your Chinese-speaking student divers. The manual will be corrected upon reprint.

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Implementing the Updated PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course


There’s a lot to like about the revised and updated PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course: the obvious and necessary content updates, the new Thinking Like a Diver section, the cool new PADI Advanced Open Water Diver materials and, from an immediate implementation perspective, the fact that the new course is at once new and exciting yet still essentially familiar. Perhaps the neatest benefit and the greatest opportunity is the streamlined relationship between the Adventure Dives and PADI Specialties.

Now’s the perfect time to review the specialties you (and your staff) teach and seriously consider expanding what you offer. Evaluate the specialty dive opportunities in your area, and those you are particularly passionate about, which you couldn’t link to the previous Advanced Open Water Diver course. This is the perfect opportunity to create your own special course that reflects your unique area and benefits, and which excites divers.

Now, the first dives of all standardised PADI or AWARE Specialty Diver courses may be offered as Adventure Dives. You can offer these “new” Adventure Dives – for example, an Ice Dive or a Dive Against Debris™ Adventure Dive – if you’re certified as an instructor in the specialty, and the student diver meets the specialty prerequisites. (Also, while the PADI Rebreather Diver course is not a PADI Specialty Diver course, the first, task-intensive, confined water dive counts as an Adventure Dive.) There’s a complete list of the revised Adventure Dives and the standardized PADI Specialty Diver courses, and a lot more information, in the 3Q2016 The Undersea Journal accessible via the PADI Pros’ Site or the PADI Library App.

A few obsolete Adventure Dives are gone, but you can offer more than ever before. A great example is the Digital Underwater Imaging Adventure Dive, which replaces both the Underwater Photography and Underwater Videography Adventure Dives. This new dive focuses on modern cameras that shoot both stills and video, and develops basic skills and knowledge in both – though you and your student divers may favor one or the other. The dive still credits as the first dive in the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course, even though it differs from the specialty (which will be revised in the future).

The opportunities are nearly endless. Depending upon your location and market, you can get divers started in sidemount, ice, cavern, full face mask, delayed surface marker buoy (DSMB), diver propulsion vehicle (DPV), enriched air or any other standardized specialty using existing specialty materials.

Tie in the new Adventure Dives by having the PADI Specialty Instructor ratings for the new opportunities, and grab this unique moment to make your new Advanced Open Water Diver course truly special.