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PADI Advanced Open Water (AOW) qualification in the subtropical waters around Gran Canaria


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If you are looking for somewhere to enjoy your PADI Advanced Open Water (AOW) Course then the best place to do it is in the Marine Reserve at El Cabrón near Arinaga. The diving is always special here, with dramatic underwater scenery and lots of marine life to see.

Using our expert knowledge of the El Cabrón we use a series of different dive sites which match the AOW topics perfectly. This will show you different sides of the Reserve, and with such a prolific and varied marine life here this is an excellent place to choose fish identification as one of your specialist dives!

On your PADI Advanced Open Water course we do the theory in the garden of our spacious dive centre at 'Casa Limon', and then five different adventure dives in the marine reserve, each one of which introduces you to new types of diving and environments. It is an ideal way to broaden your knowledge of diving and increase your confidence by undertaking a set of dives which have increased risk or skill requirements following your PADI Open Water Course. The El Cabrón area is famous because the volcanic reef has arches, caves, cliffs and with these varied habitats it is a marine-life hotspot where you can see almost the whole catalog of marine species from tiny seahorses to angel sharks and butterfly rays. The main advantages of taking your PADI Advanced Open Water course in the El Cabrón Marine Reserve are:-

  • See more, build your experience, with over 10 routes and 400 marine species
  • 'Casa Limon' is the most spacious and relaxed dive centre in Gran Canaria, the perfect place to take a PADI Course
  • Our team of PADI Instructors are mature, knowledgeable and highly rated on TripAdviser!

PADI AOW Course - Content and options


Will you see me on thour PADI Advanced Open Water Course ?
To get your PADI Advanced Open Water certificate you do five adventure dives in open water, which must include a deep dive in the marine reserve and a navigation dive. The other three dives can be chosen from our list and may include wreck, boat, night, photographic, multi-level or computer (see the full list below). There is also some reading, video sessions, knowledge reviews and tests/quizzes. You can choose your three elective dives from the following list :
  • Multilevel Dive and computer (including FREE use of dive computer)
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Night Dive *(Check out the night dive simulator!)
  • Search and Recovery
  • Aware Shark Conservation
  • Digital Underwater Photography (check out our Photo Gallery)
  • PADI Aware - Fish Identification
  • Enriched Air *(NITROX)
  • Boat Dive *(In the South of the Island)
  • Wreck Dive *(In the South of the Island)
* small supplement payable for this dive.
All of these options are described in much more detail on the PADI Advanced Open Water Options page.
Here are some students on their dives:

Practising the navigation - PADI Advanced Open Water Course

Wreck Diving on a PADI Advanced Open Water Course

on a PADI Advanced Open Water course, learning about digital underwater photography


Navigation / Fish Identification / Digital Photography
Skills covered The course broadens your experience of diving and shows you how to use skills in a range of different diving conditions. Each dive will cover techniques to help you have fun when completing further similar dives in the future.
Free use of Dive Computers!
Free use of dive computers on your PADI Course in the Canary Islands
PADI now recommend that all students on this course get to use a dive computer as part of their training. The dive computer monitors depth and duration constantly, and calculates a remaining dive time to avoid decompression illness, and helps monitor ascent rates. Using a dive computer properly contributes to increased diver safety and more enjoyable dives. At Davy Jones Diving, we include the use of the Dive Computer for part of your course Free of Charge, so you can understand how they work and how they can help you manage your dives.
Distance Learning Options
Find out more about PADI eLearning Courses
You don't have to wait until you get here to Gran Canaria to start your scuba diving course, as you can now start to learn to dive at home before you depart using one of our distance learning options. The simplest way to start is to get the PADI course manual before you come to Gran Canaria for your diving course, and do all the reading at home. Alternatively you can register for the new PADI e-learning system, nominate Davy Jones Diving as your partner, and do much of the coursework and quizes online. In both cases we will be able to answer any questions by phone or email before you arrive to do the practical parts of the course. We work with a UK partner (Roho) to help you get the right materials. Finally you can complete the reading, tests and confined water training with one school before you depart, and the rest of the Open Water Diving Course in Gran Canaria when you arrive (See the Referal dive page). For more details on any of these options please use the Express course enquiry and reservation form

What you get At the end of the three days, if you have met all the performace requirements, your instructor will award you the PADI Advanced Open Water Qualification. You will recieve confirmation of this from PADI within about 2 weeks with your new card.
Other students said ..
5-star PADI Course Gran Canaria 5 stars - "Great team and a great experiance! Could not fault at any level. Highly recommend to all!!"
Thank you Raymond and Brian for all your help over the last 4 days. You and your team at Davy Jones are awesome and i would highly recommend you to everyone i know no matter what their ability was. The team are all very knowledgable and obviously love what they do. I can honestly see why they have the great reputation that they do! It was a pleasure to study my PADI Advanced here and i will be sure to be returning to see Brian and the team again. The dive sites were awesome ... Thank you all for making my holiday one i will never forget and i will look forward to returning soon!
2016-01-29 Published by Tripadvisor.co.uk
5-star PADI Course Gran Canaria 5 stars - "Awesome Experience"
Jessica and Raymond truly are top-notch dive instructors! I did my Open Water Diver course with Jessica who was very patient and dedicated towards helping me develop a strong foundation in diving. She was sincere about ensuring I got the basics right before progressing on to the next set of skills. I then proceeded to do my Advanced Open Water Diver course...
2016-03-15 Published by Tripadvisor.co.uk
WOW! did our AOWD and improved our skills a lot! many many super super thanks to Brian, Andy, Eduardo and all the others! It was all worth it and more.

Jukka and Pipsa - From: Finland


I am back in the office in cold Amsterdam, I wear long sleeves, a warm top, I am freezing. I had a great week last week, diving all week, and I got the confirmation already for the certification.
I hope I will be diving with you again, maybe beginning of next year.

Anne Marie Hartman - From: Amsterdam
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What Next ? Enjoy yourself on more adventurous dives! Take further adventure dives to gain a 'speciality qualification', or take the PADI Rescue Diver Course to develop your rescue skills.

PADI Advanced Open Water Course

Fish Identification on a PADI Advanced Open Water Course

on a PADI Advanced Open Water course, mastering buoyancy control


How much will it cost?

  • The price of obtaining your PADI Advanced Open Water Qualification in the marine reserve at El Cabrón is €375 per person for web bookings at least 7 days in advance, which includes six dives in the marine reserve; full equipment hire; your on-line registration with PADI (your PADI Divers Card); mandatory Spanish insurance; use of dive computers, compass and other equipment; and all the services listed below. Prices also include Canary Sales Tax (IGIC).
  • If you have your own equipment the price is €330 per person
  • If you do the Advanced and Nitrox course together the price is €425 per person.
  • A single person supplement of €20 may be charged if you want to do your course on your own with a private instructor.
  • Small supplements apply for boat, wreck, nitrox and night dives, and the basic package assumes you have your own equipment.
  • Special Offers "Spring into the water" 2017 Book now and save! Book your 2017 diving course and get a 'Spring into the water', or take advantage of extra discounts for pre-booked courses during Spring 2017
    • Two-for-One on PADI Crew-packs for your PADI Course.
      If you are taking the PADI Scuba Diver, PADI Open Water, PADI Advanced or PADI Rescue Diver Course, then you can get a second Crew-Pack at no extra cost!. You can either get two the same if two or more people do the course, or you can choose an extra manuals for future courses. For example, when you do the PADI Open Water you can get both your PADI Open Water and PADI Advanced Crew-packs saving up to €50 on your PADI Advanced Course! Lowest priced manual is free.

    • Free Equipment hire on additional days!
      If you complete a PADI course with us you can book extra days of diving .. and get the equipment hire free of charge! You just pay for the dives and Save up to €20 per person!

    • Save up to €25 with Free manuals on PADI Speciality Courses - Book one of our top 6 PADI Speciality course for low season weeks and we provide the manual (normally €25) for free. You can choose Nitrox, Deep, Wreck, Multi-level, Digital Underwater Photography or Shark Aware Speciality courses as part of your training for the PADI Master Scuba, and manuals are available in English and German (for other languages check availability).

    • Free Camera Hire for all Daycourses. If you book a Daycourse then each group can use one of our Underwater Action Cameras to record your dive. You can bring a compatible micro-sdhc with you or buy one from us, saving you up to €13.00 and helping you take some great memories home with you.
    • Public Services Week -1 May - 13 May
      We know how hard many public service workers such as Teachers, Nurses, Police, Fire, Military and others have to work shifts over Christmas and Public Holidays to keep essential services running. So to thank them for their dedication we are holding a ´Public Services Event´ in early May 2017. If you work for any public service including military, then a special discount will be applied to all diving during this period!

    These low season prices apply to reservations for the periods 09/01/2017 to 31/03/2017 and from 01/05/17 to 24/06/17 for bookings made in advance through our website. These offers cannot be used with other offers and there is limited availability for some, so use our Contact form to get your discount confirmed. (E & O E)

    Extra Dates! Due to Cancellations we have some extra places available for the same offers, from Saturday April 8th to Saturday 22nd April. Contact us and quote "EASTERSPECIAL" to find out what is available.

    Use our Contact form to see if any offers are available for this course during your visit to Gran Canaria.
  • Offers subject to Instructor availability.
  • Spanish law requires you to have a medical examination. This can be done before you get here, or in Gran Canaria where the cost is about €25-€40 per person.
  • If for any reason you do not complete the course a pro-rata price will be charged.
How to reserve your place on a course Book your PADI AOW Course now!

FAQ and More detailed information

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Class Size

We like to keep our courses small, so we only have a maximum of four students per instructor on a course. As this course is usually very easy to timetable, we can offer this to individuals on their own. This means you get great personal attention, and helps to keep the course timetable short and maximises the instructor involvement during your course.

Junior Advanced Open Water Course

A student who is over 12 and under 15 can follow the normal syllabus and if they complete all the requirements of the course they will be qualified as a PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver, which allows them to dive to 21m when accompanied by an adult. Our page on PADI Junior Courses gives more details about Junior PADI Courses and diving in Gran Canaria.

Minimum Requirements

Must have the PADI Open Water qualification or equivalent, pass PADI Medical, and be over 12 years of age (Junior Advanced Open Diver).

Duration and Logistics

Usually 3 days of diving but may be spread out over several elapsed days. All transfers included. Timetabled to suit any other holiday or partner commitments and availability of special dives (eg boat dives)

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Exams and tests also available in French, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian *
Verbal instruction is available in English, German, Dutch, Italian or Spanish