To take the skills you learned in your open water dive course and apply those skills to new and challenging environments?

Then the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver is the perfect way to enjoy some of the most spectacular dive sites in Isla Mujeres, learn new skills and get to the next level of scuba diving under the supervision of an experienced PADI instructor.


(duration 2-3 days) $ 380 USD

Includes: Materials, equipment rental & entrance to the national parks and the Underwater Museum MUSA

*part of the course will be donated to the Underwater Museum of Art MUSA


Complete the PADI Advanced Open Water Dive Course over 2 or more days 

Includes 5 Adventures dives​




You choose the other 3 with your instructor depending on the season and dive site​

The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is about building your confidence and expanding your scuba diving skills through different adventure dives. Under the supervision of your PADI instructor, you will try 5 adventure dives, learning new specialities, all the while trying out the amazing but diverse dives that Isla Mujeres has to offer.


Each adventure dive of your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course may credit to the

first dive of the corresponding PADI Speciality Diver course.


The scuba dive sites in Isla Mujeres offer the perfect variety for the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course.

The 5 adventure dives take to you the best scuba diving sites that Isla Mujeres has to offer.


The Deep diving adventure dive is generally done at one of our amazing shipwrecks.


The Underwater Navigation is completed in the Manchones National park.



OPTIONAL ADVENTURE DIVES:                      

These depend upon the weather, availability, and logistics.

We generally recommend


  • DRIFT (as we can do this one tied together with the deep dive)

  • TWILIGHT (NIGHT) or PEAK PERFORMANCE BUOYANCY (depending upon what is available with the port captain as of this moment)

  • FISH IDENTIFICATION (we like our divers to take an active interest in the environment)

However, we can discuss the options with the instructor if these do not suit the divers’ taste.






As approximate schedule would run like this, but this is subject to change and is given as an example only



Day 1 

11.30 am - knowledge review for FISH ID and NAVIGATION

01:30 pm - Dives at the underwater museum Musa and the Manchones natural reef 

05:30 pm - Log dives


Day 2   

06:00 pm - knowledge review for NIGHT dive

Dive at twilight

Log dives


Day 3 

08:00 am - knowledge reviews for DEEP and DRIFT dives

08:45 am - Dive at shipwreck for the deep dive and Punta Cancun for drift

12:30 pm - Log dives




If you have not dived recently we can tie a Refresher in with the initial dives (Day 1), please contact us for further details.

The first dives should be done at the reef if no diving has been done recently or you are a less experienced diver so that we can evaluate your capacity and prepare you for the more advanced dives of the course.








You’ll plan your learning path with your instructor for a total of 5 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.


AWARE Fish ID Adventure Dive will help you with the basic fish identification for the most common families and species. Once you can determine what family a fish belongs to, you can more easily look up the local name or be able to describe in enough detail for a knowledgeable guide to help. Understanding what you see on a dive will bring you more in connection with your environment and encourage preservation of this incredible privilege.


Drift Adventure Dive will teach you the diving techniques and procedures for drift diving including the use of floats, lines, and reels. You will be introduced to different entries and exits as well as practicing with buoyancy control, navigation, and communication.


The Night Adventure Dive will mean you enter the water as the sun goes down and as you experience the night dive portion of this dive we will teach entering, exiting and navigating in the dark. Communication techniques and light handling skills will be covered while experiencing the different behavior of plants and animals at night.


Peak Performance Buoyancy will help you refine your diving skills by determining the exact amount of weight you need. How to adjust your trim to be perfectly balanced and how to be streamlined. You will learn to hover in various position and become more conscious of your extra body shape (tanks, fins). This dive is important to help reduce your air consumption, conserve energy and most of all, good buoyancy skills help you protect the environment by eliminating any accidental contact with the delicate marine environment.


The other knowledge and skills you get vary with your interest and the adventures you have – photography, enriched air diver, exploring wrecks and many more.



Tipp: You may be able to get college credit for the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course.






Sign up for the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Online – PADI’s eLearning option – to get started immediately.

The web-based system lets you learn about seven of the most popular Adventures Dives – including the required Deep and Underwater Navigation Adventure Dives, plus Boat, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Naturalist and Wreck Adventure Dives. You study at your own pace through an easy to use, interactive program. You also have access to an online version of the Adventures in Diving manual and can complete sections for other Adventure Dives as directed by your PADI Instructor.


If you have not already begun your diving adventure with elearning Pocna Dive Center also gives you the option of using a physical book or downloading an ebook. We generally recommend the ebook as you may download this from a choice of languages and is more environmentally friendly. If you are traveling around, using an ebook will reduce the amount of weight that you have to carry with you as you continue your journey.





PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old are ready to step up and enroll in a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course. Young divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives – check with your PADI instructor.

If you’re already an Adventure Diver, you only need to complete two more Adventure Dives to earn the Advanced Open Water Diver certification.




Q: I have a medical issue

A: We have included a link below for you to check to see if there are any yes responses on your medical form. If there is a yes, or you have any doubts, then you have time to see your family doctor who is familiar with your medical history before arriving on the island.


Important: please fill out and bring the medical form  English Form | Spanish Form 


If you have to answer any of the questions with a YES, a doctor will have to evaluate and approve you for diving. In that case please let the doctor fill out the second page. If all answers are a NO you are good to go!


Q: Can I start on any day?                                 

A: You may start on any day as soon as all appropriate paperwork and medical has been completed and if the weather permits


Q: Are there any exams?

A: There are no exams with the Advanced Open Water Diver Course although all knowledge reviews and skills must be completed before certification


Q: What happens when the weather is bad?

A: There are various options. If you do not have time to reschedule for when the weather improves then as long as all skills and knowledge reviews have been completed, credit will be given for any adventure dives already completed. If 3 adventure dives have been completed, then you are eligible for your Adventure Diver certification which is a subset of the Advanced Open Water Diver Course and for which you will receive a certification card.




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