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Open Water Diver Course (Advanced), PADI Instructor Lead Gold Coast

Whale Watching, Scuba Diving, Boat Hire, Gold Coast / Aqua Adventures

Open Water Diver Course Advanced is the only Dive Center in the Gold Coast that has been accredited by PADI as a Five Star Instructor Development Center. It’s the Gold Coast’s only school that offers amateur courses and professional instructor training courses in both English and Japanese.

Open Water Diver Course Advanced

Are you a PADI Instructor with full standing (insured)? Jump on-board with Aqua Adventures and lead your students through their course using our world class facilities and our hire gear. You’ll manage the entire learning experience from collecting course fees, issuing eLearning codes to the pool and then open water dives.


Who should deliver this course?

If you’re a fully qualified PADI instructor and have always wanted to deliver scuba diving courses but don’t have the facilities then join us today. Firstly as an independent instructor You’ll manage collection of course fees (you charge your students). Then step your student through their Open Water certification. Basically you will use our gear, our facilities (Pool/Boats) etc. All from the convenience of our world class facilities at 95 Marine Parade, Southport. 

So, to enrol your student in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course) today. Oh, and your student must be 10 years old or older. 

Hence, you’ll need to know;

  • All you student details – Name, Date of birth, prior certifications
  • Your PADI Instructor Code 

Furthermore your students will need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

What you’ll  deliver?

Overall the PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development (online, independent study) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills (Pool)
  • Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!

How can you start delivering a course now?

So, your students will start their learning by enrolling online. This can be done at any time as the theory is done online with eLearning. Their code will be emailed to you but you should contact us to speak to us about scheduling time for in-water training.   

Presently our in-water sessions for Open Water consist of 3 days that need not be done consecutively.

  • Day 1 is done in the pool on Friday evenings from 17h00 – 20h00.
  • Day 2 is done at Wave Break Island on Saturdays and the time is determined by the tides.
  • Day 3 is done at Wavebreak Island on Sundays and the time is determined by the tides.

Since our PADI instructors will initially assist answer any questions you have along the way. We will check your progress to make sure you’re providing scuba diving lessons & information at the high level required by PADI.

What equipment will you use?

Firstly, in the PADI Open Water Diver course, your students will learn to use basic scuba gear. Including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a tank.

All the equipment needed to complete the Basic Course will be provided by the dive centre.

Should your student  however choose our Gold Course, they will be fitted with their own wetsuit, mask snorkel and fins package.

So, with the Platinum Course, they will not only receive the above soft gear but a BCD, Reg Set, Dive Computer and mesh bag to complete their full gear set to take home.

Therefore it would be a good idea for your student to visit the store prior to the start date of your students course. So they can be fitted if they have chosen the Gold and Platinum courses.

Thus check with us about the gear you’ll use during this course and get advice about everything you need from your PADI Instructor.

From $395

Includes PADI eLearning and registration  

eLearning can be started at any time

Phone to book in water sessions 

Duration: 2 Days (Advanced Open Water)

Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Product code: IIAOWD

Experienced PADI-Certified Open Water Diving Course

Open-water diving is an exhilarating adventure that allows you to explore the vast and mesmerising world under the ocean. Whether you’re an avid water buff or an adrenaline junkie, obtaining a certification is necessary before you start exploring the underwater world. 

Specifically Aqua Adventures offers the only PADI-certified open-water diving course on the Gold Coast. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced diver, our open-water diving certification course will undoubtedly be helpful for anyone who takes it.

Discover Scuba Diving Course.

What to Expect from Our Diving Open Water Course?

We have designed our diving open water course as per the guidelines set by the PADI certification body. This includes three distinct phases:

Knowledge Development

The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is designed to enhance diving skills and experience.

Additionally the basic skills acquired in the Open Water Diver course, the Advanced Open Water course allows you to choose from a variety of adventure dives to further develop your abilities and explore specific areas of interest.


Firstly, plan your students learning path by assisting them choose from a list of Adventure Dives.

Secondly, there are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and your student can then choose the other three, for a total of five dives.

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

Finally, the other knowledge and skills you get vary with your interest and the adventures you have – photography, buoyancy control, fish identification, exploring wrecks and many more.

Recommended Modules

During this phase of open water diving course length, you’ll get a chance to apply theoretical knowledge.

You will be in a controlled environment, typically a pool. Furthermore, under the guidance of experienced instructors, you’ll learn and practise fundamental scuba skills. Specifically including mastering breathing techniques, buoyancy control, mask clearing, and equalisation. These skills are essential for a comfortable diving experience.

Deep Diving

This dive allows you to explore depths between 18-30 meters (60-100 feet), teaching you the skills necessary for diving in deeper waters.

Underwater Navigation

Improve your underwater navigation skills, including using a compass, natural navigation techniques, and estimating distances underwater.

Search and Recovery

Develop skills for locating and recovering lost objects underwater. Learn about search patterns and the use of lifting devices.

Fish Identification

Improve your ability to identify different fish species and understand their behaviors and habitats.

Peak Performance Buoyancy

Further refine your buoyancy skills, ensuring you can control your position in the water without disturbing the aquatic environment

Underwater Naturalist

Explore the underwater ecosystem, learn about marine life, their behaviours, and their interactions within their environment.

Optional Modules

We have many other options for you to learn about. The mor the better we say!

Drift Diving

Learn to dive in currents, understanding how to plan and execute dives where the current moves you along the dive site.

8. Wreck Diving

Gain knowledge about wreck diving safety, techniques, and potential hazards. Explore wreck sites and learn how to navigate through them safely.

9. Underwater Photography /Videography

If you have an interest in underwater photography or videography, you can learn basic techniques for capturing images and videos underwater.

10. Night Diving

Learn about the unique challenges and techniques associated with diving at night. Discover the nocturnal marine life and experience the underwater world in a different light.

11. Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diving

Learn how to dive with enriched air, which contains a higher percentage of oxygen than regular air. Enriched air diving can extend your no-decompression limits, allowing for longer dives.

Key Learning Aspects in the Open Water Diving Course

Diving Theory

Dive physics and physiology

Understanding how pressure affects your body and the equipment you use is crucial for safe diving.

Decompression sickness and safety measures

Learning about the risks of ascending too quickly and the necessary precautions to prevent decompression sickness.

Underwater communication techniques

Acquiring effective communication skills allows you to convey information, share experiences, and ensure the safety of your fellow divers.

Practical Skills in Open Water Diving

Breathing techniques and buoyancy control

Mastering efficient breathing techniques and achieving neutral buoyancy are essential for conserving energy and manoeuvring underwater.

Mask clearing and equalisation

Learning how to clear water from your mask and equalise the pressure in your ears helps you maintain comfort and safety during dives.

Underwater navigation and dive planning

Acquiring the skills to navigate underwater using a compass and plan dives enables you to explore dive sites and return safely.

Dive Safety and Emergency Procedures

Dive buddy systems and communication

Understanding the importance of dive buddies, establishing effective communication, and practising buddy checks to ensure safety throughout the dive.

Dealing with common diving accidents

Learning how to recognise and respond to common diving accidents, such as cuts, scrapes, and equipment malfunctions.

Emergency ascent and rescue techniques

Acquiring the knowledge and skills to handle emergencies, including proper ascent procedures and rescue techniques, ensuring the safety of yourself and others.

Book Your Spot for the Open Water Diving Course

Aqua Adventures offers pocket-friendly prices for our open water diving course cost. If you are interested in exploring the depths of the ocean, then this is your chance. Enrol now and open up a whole new world of surreal beauty. We also provide services such as boat hire & whale watching in Gold Coast.

Take our PADI-certified open-water diving course and be ready to go diving at any time!


An open water diving course typically lasts around 3 to 4 days, including theory, confined water training, and open water dives.

The minimum age requirement for open water diving certification is generally 10 to 12 years, depending on the certification agency.

Prerequisites for enrolling in an open water diving course usually include basic swimming skills and a medical questionnaire to ensure fitness for diving.

No, diving without certification is not recommended. Certification ensures you have the necessary knowledge and skills to dive safely.

The cost of an open water diving course in the Gold Coast can range from AUD 400 to 700, depending on the dive shop and certification agency.

Open water diving requires basic swimming abilities, so non-swimmers may find it challenging and potentially unsafe. It’s advisable to have basic swimming skills before diving.

Yes, you can dive while wearing glasses or contact lenses, but it is recommended to use corrective lenses in a diving mask or consider getting prescription dive masks.

Diving equipment should be serviced annually or as recommended by the manufacturer to ensure proper functioning and safety. Regular maintenance is crucial for optimal performance.