Scarborough, Ontario  

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course

Advanced Open Water Diver Course Dates:

January 1st, 2024: Registration OPENS

Wed, Jul 10, 2024: Registration CLOSES

Tue, Jul 16, 2024: All AOWD Students MUST have completed PADI AOWD Knowledge Development (eLearning) by this date

Wed, Jul 17, 2024: Equipment Review and Readiness Assessment in TPASC Deep Dive Pool

Sat, Aug 3 & Sun, Aug 4, 2024: Five Advanced Open Water Dives in the Beautiful Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence River

NEW! Mon, Aug 5, 2024: Join SUCI’s Brockville Dive Charter Boat (assuming there are still spots open) for some fabulous historic shipwreck dives! 

Your Instructors: Raimund and Lauren

Price: $600 for SUCI members and SUCI-members-to-be*. This fee includes the eLearning course, Instruction through 5 AOWD dives, and your AOWD certification card. It does NOT include equipment, meals, fuel, accommodation, and (if applicable) the cost of dive charter boats.

*SUCI-members-to-be need to first join SUCI

Pre-Registration: Click here, fill out the form, and then click “submit” and we’ll get right back to you.

We need a minimum of 4 students in order to run the course.

Location:  Historic “Thousand Islands” region of the St. Lawrence River, and Brockville’s famous Underwater Statue Park

Exploration, Excitement, Experiences.

More than anything, the Advanced Open Water Course teaches how you to THINK (and act) like a Diver. And no, you don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed so you can go straight into it after the SUCI Open Water Diver course. The Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. You will be able to increase your diving depth from 18 meters (60 feet) to 30 meters (100 feet). This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of SUCI’s PADI certified Instructors. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving.

You’ll hone your underwater skills to new levels during two mandatory (m) dives and three of the following elective (e) dives:

  • Underwater Navigation Dive (m), during which you will learn and practice advanced navigation skills that will increase your comfort and confidence in knowing where you are, where you are going, and how to get back to where you started.
  • Deep Dive (m), during which you will learn first-hand how to properly plan and prepare for deep dives, how to identify and compensate for nitrogen narcosis, and how to more closely manage your breathing gas, depth, and time limits. 
  • Underwater Naturalist Dive (e), during which you will come face-to-face with denizens of the deep and get to try your hand at underwater recording observations and sketching.
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy Dive(e), during which you’ll learn what it takes to master the art of rock-solid buoyancy control, the universally-recognized hallmark of an experienced, comfortable, advanced diver.
  • Drift Dive (e), during which you’ll learn how to plan for different entry and exit points, and take the greatest advantage the water current can offer, to make your dive easy, effortless, and immensely enjoyable. 
  • Historical Shipwreck Dive (e), during which you will journey not only underwater, but also back in time, and learn what to look for, and how to protect, preserve, observe, measure, and sketch what you see.
  • Night Dive (e), during which you will experience a dive you did during the day, in a whole new light, namely the one you are holding in your hand!



To take this course, you must be:

• A PADI Open Water Diver  (or qualifying certification from another training organization)

• At least 15 years old. From ages of 15-17, a parent or legal guardian who is a full SUCI member must participate in the course.

Start the Advanced Open Water Diver Course Online.

SUCI/PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is part of PADI eLearning®. The Advanced Open Water Diver Course Online gets you started right now with the background information you need for the seven of the most popular Adventure Dives (though you and your instructor can still choose any of the Adventure Dives.)  Start Now!

The scuba gear you’ll need to bring:

All your basic scuba kit plus:

– 3 full 80 cu. ft. tanks (you’ll be refilling them on Saturday afternoon, while we’re having dinner)

– underwater compass

– dive knife

– dive computer (or underwater timing device and dive tables)

Note #1: Water temperature in the St. Lawrence River in August is usually in the 70’s (F) / 20’s (C) so we recommend a 7mm full-body wetsuit, along with hood, gloves, and boots.  

Note #2: IF you don’t have all the above equipment, you can rent from a dive shop local to the GTA or Brockville.6