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PADI Advanced Open Water + Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty

Develop your dive skills and interests at the same time!

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Looking to continue your education after certification and develop new skills? Whether you’ve just joined the world of scuba diving or already have several dives under your belt, PADI’s Advanced Open Water Diver course has something for all Open Water certified divers.

At Kona Diving Company, we combine the PADI Advanced Open Water class with the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty. Controlled buoyancy and understanding how to move efficiently through the water are cornerstones of safe diving practices. With only one additional training dive, you get both certifications (6 dives total) and another step on the journey toward buoyancy mastery. Regardless of your experience, there’s always ways to improve and our instructors will cater the class to your specific needs.

These courses are a combination of eLearning classwork and practical diving coursework. Students begin their class with two Peak Performance Buoyancy dives (resulting in a specialty certification upon successful completion). After working on efficient BCD handling, proper weighting and trim, effective fin techniques and controlled ascents and descents, students move on to the Advanced Open Water class. Students then complete a required Deep Dive (anything greater than 60 ft.) and Underwater Navigation dive, but then get to choose two additional Adventure Dives to complete. Options include Fish Identification, Underwater Naturalist, Enriched Air Nitrox, Night Diver and more! Students who choose Night Diver can even complete their training on our famous Manta Ray Night Dive.

Not only does Advanced Open Water help develop your interests (Are you a critter nerd? Gear geek? Conservationist? Thrill seeker?), it also helps develop your skills by continued teaching of safe dive habits and practices. The more you learn, the more kinds of dives you can safely and comfortably do!


All charters include air tanks, dive weights, defog and complementary use of our masks, snorkels and full-foot fins.

Private instructor (maximum 1 or 2 students per instructor) included for Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty and Deep and Underwater Navigation dives. Additional Adventure Dives are typically completed as part of a dive group (maximum 5 divers), but a private instructor is available at an additional cost.

Snacks are served between dives (including our famous homemade brownies!) and a variety of hot and cold beverages are available. Our boat includes a mixture of sun and shade and a hot freshwater shower to rinse off after diving.

Generous student discount during and immediately following your course on all dive equipment.

Not Included

The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty and PADI Advanced Open Water eLearning classwork. Available on your smartphone, tablet or personal computer and can be completed at your leisure any time before the in-water portion of the class begins. The fee for the online learning component of the program is payable directly to PADI upon registration. Please add Kona Diving Company as your affiliate dive shop.

PADI training logbook. Logbooks are available for purchase at our shop or you can purchase one with your local shop (Must be a PADI training logbook with Advanced Open Water training pages).

Bring a swimsuit, towel, sunglasses, hat, rash guard, refillable water bottle, hair ties, reef-safe sunscreen and anything else you need for a fun day in the ocean.


Rental Gear
– Weight integrated BCD with trim pockets
– 3mm or 5mm full wetsuits
– Nitrox-compatible computer
– Regulator (regulator rental automatically includes a console dive computer)

Enriched Air Nitrox
Not required, but always recommended. Digital analyzer available on board.
Not Nitrox certified? We offer Nitrox Certification and Introduction to Nitrox (Introduction to Nitrox can even count as one of your Adventure Dives!)

Private Guide

Want to learn at your own pace without worrying about other people in your group? Students already receive a private guide for their Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty and Deep Diver and Underwater Navigator Adventures dives, but you can request a private instructor for your additional Adventure Dives if your prefer.

Before you Book

Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving. Review the diver medical questionnaire before enrolling in any scuba course.


Scuba diving is an extreme sport and restrictions must be adhered to before, during and after to mitigate potential health risks. Post-diving, this includes flying, going to altitude, freediving and other activities that could contribute to Decompression Sickness.