Mali’s PADI Open Water Diver students, Christina and Bert loved their course and would like to continue their education.

After talking about the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course they realise they won’t have the time to complete the whole course so Mali explains the PADI Adventure Diver option and how PADI Adventure Dives work.

Their goal is to become PADI Advanced Open Water certified as they would one day like to become PADI Divemasters. After discussing their options with Mali they opt to complete their Deep Diver, Underwater Navigator and Peak Performance Buoyancy Adventure with Mali but not certify as PADI Adventure Divers as they plan to take a referral to their local dive centre and complete their Dry Suit and Night Diver Adventure Dives when they return home after this trip.

What does Mali need to do before beginning this program and is she within PADI standards?

“Mali would need to complete the PADI Continuing Education Administrative Document as it is required for any component of the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course.

She also needs to issue each student the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver student manual too. Even though the students are not completing the entire program, PADI standards dictate that the student must have a personal copy of the materials both during the course and for their use afterwards.

Even though Christina and Bert would qualify for the PADI Adventure Diver certification after the completion of the dives and required knowledge development, their choice to take the referral option is a wise one. This reduces their costs as they will not need to certify for two separate programs.

There is also no time limit set on this referral either in accordance to PADI standards which states the exception for PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Specialty Diver courses from the standard 12 months after the last completed section of training.”

Gaz Lyden.