Advanced Open Water Diver Course

The Advanced Open Water course or second star course will bring you not only deeper but also make you a wider view of the other divers and the underwater environment.


What is an Advanced Open Water Diver?

The Advanced Open Water Diver title is the second level of diving that will permit you to discover the possibilities of Scuba Diving through introductions to specialties. Of course a candidate to this course needs to hold the first title: Open Water Diver or 1*

To do so, it is essential that you have good basics with your equipment and your buddy.


We are all living a busy life, our family, friends, pleasure activities, professional activities…

Most people have nowadays a Smartphone, Tablet, or Computer, and most Scuba diving agencies have their courses available online. Either CMAS (Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques), FEDAS (La Federación Española de Actividades Subacuáticas), PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) make it possible to study at home or anywhere someone feel to, at his/her own pace.

We encourage our students to understand the theory before they arrive on holiday on the Costa del Sol. They have more time to spend with their family and friends to enjoy many more activities in the area like Hiking, Horse riding, Boating…


PADI Advanced Open Water Diver eLearning:

Therefore ScubaCourseSpain uses the PADI eLearning. One chapter for each PADI Specialty includes many graphs, videos, quizzes, and Knowledge reviews. All are accessible online and offline (better to download what you prefer to review before boarding the plane), it will still be available after your course and we highly recommend doing a small review a few days before going diving. It will only make you a better diver and encourage you to go further in your education.

The Practice:

Safety is our master word!

Back to the Basics

We are going back to planning your dive, preparing your equipment, assembling your equipment, checking your equipment, knowing your equipment, and checking again. This is an important part of the course because most Recreational Scuba diving accidents come from this misinterpretation of the previous sentence.

Then comes a series of exercises adapted to each specialty.

An Advanced Open Water Diver has 2 mandatory courses to follow: Deep and Navigation. We usually keep the deep dive for the end of the course. Depending of the level of the student, the specialty we recommend is Peak Performance Buoyancy or Fish Identification before to practice Navigation with an underwater compass. Consequently you will know to orientate yourself underwater and have more fun doing the Search and Recovery specialty for example.

You can choose 3 specialties between the 25+ Specialties we are allowed to give due to our experiences.

The course can take up to 3 mornings, about 3 to 4 hours or more when it is necessary. We have a long experience in Diving, not only in Scuba. We won’t only give you a Diving License. But also make you a proper Advanced Open Water Diver and make you feel one!



We dive all along the Costa del Sol. It depends on the weather conditions. Some days we have a strong wind on the coast of Casares or Sotogrande, then we will be diving in San Pedro, Estepona, or San Roque. Each town has a different bottom and different scenery from wrecks to rocky and sandy bottoms. One who already has a scuba diving license can dive from the boat in Algeciras and Gibraltar.

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.

Jacques Yves Cousteau