The Advanced Open Water Course gives you the confidence to dive most recreational dive sites around the world. Plus it gives you a chance to sample a few different specialities, and open up new horizons and challenges. In Phuket we have a choice of 3 wrecks to dive, also a cave dive which is perfect to set a challenging and rewarding Advanced Open Water Course.
The course will take 2 days. Each day we will start at around 7am where you will be picked up at your hotel by minivan and then transported to Chalong Pier. The boats depart at around 8am, and we get to the dive sites around 1 – 2 hours later (depending on which sites we visit). We will generally be on the pier at 5-5:30pm to meet your minivan to transport you back to the hotel.
Exploration, Excitement and Experiences, that’s what you get when you sign up to the PADI Advanced Open Water Course, all though you don’t have to be ‘advanced’ to take this course, all you need is your PADI Open Water Certification. The main focus of this course is to expand your skills and build scuba confidence and basically make you a better diver. The way we do this is through a selection of Adventure Dives. You choose the Adventure Dives and under the guidance of your PADI Instructor you try out different specialities while gaining experience.
There are 2 required dives for this course which are Navigation and Deep Diver Specialities. During the Navigation Speciality you will refine your compass skills, learn about recognising visulal references, and using kick cycles to measure your distance.
Boat Diver – This course is great for those who have little or no boating experience. From large live-aboards to little runabouts you’ll learn:
- Boat terminology.
- Boat diving procedures and etiquette, including how to enter and exit, and where to stow your gear.
- Boating safety, including how to locate safety equipment.
Multilevel Diver – In the old days, dive profiles were calculated from the surface down to a maximum depth, then back to the surface. Now, dive computers continually analyze your depth – giving you more bottom time for going shallower and allowing you to maximize your dive time. If you’d like to understand more about dive computers and learn how you can use tools like the eRDPML to plan multilevel dives, then the Multilevel Diver Specialty course is for you.
- You’ll review decompression theory as it relates to multilevel diving and dive computer models, and plan multilevel dives using the eRDPML.
- During the first of your two multilevel dives, you’ll plan and execute a two-level dive, and on the second dive, you’ll complete a three-level scuba dive.
Night Diver – Scuba diving at night teaches you to focus on what you can see in your light’s beam, on controlling your buoyancy by feel, on staying with your buddy and on paying attention to details you may overlook during the day. During three night dives, you’ll practice:
- Light handling and communication techniques.
- Entering, exiting and navigating in the dark.
- Identifying how plants and animals differ or change behavior at night.
Peak Performance Buoyancy – Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. In this course you will learn:
- Determine the exact weight you need, so you’re not too light or too heavy.
- Trim your weight system and scuba gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water.
- Streamline to save energy, use air more efficiently and move more smoothly through the water.
- Hover effortlessly in any position – vertical or horizontal.
Search and Recovery – If you’ve ever lost anything underwater then you know how frustrating it is not to be able to find it. From an outboard motor to a wedding ring, there are effective ways to search for objects underwater that increase your chances of success. And there are good and better methods to bring up small, large or just awkward items. Search and recovery can be challenging, but a whole lot of fun.
- Swimming search patterns using your compass and natural navigation.
- Locating large and small objects using various search patterns.
- Using a lift bag for large or heavy objects, plus other recovery methods.
- Planning a search operation based on facts gathered about a lost object prior to the dive.
Underwater Naturalist – Take the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course and you’ll see new things, even on the most familiar scuba diving sites. Why? Because when know more about symbioses, underwater ecology, and aquatic plant and animal habitats, you notice behaviors and see creatures you may have previously missed. Learn more about the local ecosystem and take a closer look on your next scuba diving adventure.
- Key differences between the terrestrial and aquatic worlds.
- Major aquatic life groupings, interactions and information that dispels myths.
- Responsible interactions with aquatic life.
Underwater Photography – Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and with so many underwater cameras to choose from, it has become easier and more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly, whether you use a point-and-shoot camera or a sophisticated D SLR like the pros.
- How to choose the right underwater camera system for you.
- The PADI SEA (Shoot, Examine, Adjust) method for getting great shots quickly.
- Principles for good composition of underwater images.
- Practical techniques to take great photos with your digital camera.
Wreck Diver – Whether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef for scuba divers, or lost as the result of an accident, wrecks are fascinating windows to the past. Ships, airplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore and usually teem with aquatic life. Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or spying something others have missed. The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course is popular because it offers rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices.
- Safety considerations for navigating and exploring wrecks.
- Surveying and mapping a wreck.
- Using penetration lines and reels to guide exploration.
- Techniques to avoid kicking up silt or disturbing the wreck and its inhabitants.
*Nitrox Diver – The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba course. Why? Because scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then don’t hesitate to become an enriched air diver.
- Discuss managing oxygen exposure.
- Practice analyzing oxygen content in your scuba tank.
- Set your dive computer for diving with enriched air nitrox.
Note: All though staff will do their best to keep to the itinerary, weather and sea conditions may change the tour schedule.
Package Includes: PADI Instructor, insurance, lunch, light snacks and non-alcoholic refreshments, all associated diving equipment, PADI materials, national park fees. Guests should bring, swimming suit, towel, sunscreen, extra dry clothes, and a camera.
*Nitrox courses as part of your PADI Advanced Open Water Certification will incur an additional fee of 3000thb for Nitrox tanks, testing equipment and additional PADI training materials.