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PSAI Advanced Open Water Diver

The Advanced Open Water Diver (AOWD) is a Professional Scuba

Association International (PSAI) advanced sport diver level

certification course. Upon successful completion of the requirements

for this rating, graduates will have proven their competence to use

standard scuba equipment and engage in a variety of open water

diving activities without supervision, provided the diving activities

and the areas dived approximate those encountered in training.


The PSAI Advanced Open Water Certification requires that the diver has successfully completed five PSAI Sport Diver Specialty Courses. (Exact requirements may vary by the PSAI Country Licensee - according to diving conditions in the area.)

Required PSAI Specialties for the Advanced Open Water Diver Program:

Basic Underwater Navigation

Deep Sport Diver

Advanced Buoyancy Control & Technique (PSAI ABC Program)

 At least two PSAI Specialties can be chosen in the following list, depending on the logistics and the student’s personal preference, at the discretion of the PSAI Instructor:

Advanced Underwater Navigation


Boat Diving

Nitrox Diving

Night Diving

Computer Diving

Drift Diving

Dry Suit Diving

Full Face Mask Diving

Search and Recovery

Shore/Beach Diving

Sport Wreck Diving – non-penetration

Twin Set Diving

 Where others may only require an extra weekend of diving for an Open Water Diver to become an “Advanced” Open Water Diver, PSAI believes that the term Advanced Open Water Diver should truly reflect a knowledgeable and well trained diver, who has gone beyond the least common denominator and taken the time to acquire the skills and knowledge from various fields in the open water sport diving arena. The PSAI Advanced Open Water certification will be testament you have had such quality training.