Reviewing his PADI Advanced Open Water Course Knowledge Review before the dive

PADI Advanced Open Water: FROM 12,900 THB

Hungry for more? Then the PADI Advanced Open Course is what you want!

The PADI Advanced Diver Course certification license is awarded to PADI Open Water Divers who have completed a minimum of 5 PADI Adventure Dives in 5 different Specialty Diver areas. On your PADI Advanced Course there are 2 "Core Dives" you have to do. The other 3 dives you get to choose yourself!

For PADI Advanced Certification you must complete the Deep Adventure Dive and the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive. However, the other dives are up to you. Would you like to go dive a Ship Wreck? Or learn to take underwater photos? How about learning to dive in currents with a Drift Dive? In conclusion there are so just so many choices you may have trouble deciding!

Likewise Phuket has a large variety of scuba diving sites which give you plenty of options and choices in the warm, clear waters of the Andaman Sea ...

  • Duration: 2 Days 5 Dives + 1 extra fun dive
  • Pre-requisites: Certified Diver & signed Diving Medical
  • Minimum Age: 12 years old
  • Digital/Online Study: Yes
  • Availability: Daily
  • Group Size: 4:1
  • Personal Tuition: 1:1 personal tuition is available

Hungry for more? The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is just what you want!

The PADI Advanced Course expands on what you learned in your first scuba diving certification course. Now that you know how to dive, we will introduce you to scuba diving in a minimum of 5 different PADI Specialty Diver areas. And guess how much classroom there is on the PADI Advanced Course? NONE is the answer!

On the PADI Advanced Course you will complete what we call Adventure Dives. These are actually dives from different specialty diver areas such as Wreck, Drift, Buoyancy, Underwater Digital Photography, Night and so on. There are two dives you have to do for PADI Advanced Open Water certification. This is The Deep Adventure Dive  (Max 30m) and Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive. These 2 are very important dives to learn which is we call them "Core Dives." On your PADI Advanced will not only increases the depth to which you are allowed to dive to, but also broaden your scuba diving knowledge, skills and experience. This also means that you will be allowed to dive more dive sites and therefore be able to travel to more diving locations around the world.

For the other 3 Adventure Dives on your PADI Advanced Course on Phuket you can choose from this list of PADI Adventure Dives. There are more, however we obviously cannot run an Altitude Dive on Phuket for example.
  • Boat Diver
  • Deep Diver
  • Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DMSB)
  • PADI Digital Underwater Photographer
  • DUP - Digital Underwater Photography
  • Digital Underwater Imaging
  • Dive Against Debris Diver
  • Drift Diver
  • Enriched Air Diver Nitrox / EANx Diver
  • Fish Identification Diver
  • Night Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver
  • Search & Recovery Diver
  • Self Reliant Diver
  • Sidemount
  • Shark Conservation (AWARE) Diver
  • Underwater Naturalist Diver
  • Underwater Navigation Diver
  • Wreck Diver

Your PADI Advanced Course includes these dives as this gives you the chance to try the types of scuba diving. Those that interest you the most, or those which you would like take in order to improve your skills in. Peak Performance Buoyancy is a good example as EVERYONE wants to improve their buoyancy!

Advanced Open Water Home Study

First of all you will need to read the various relevant chapters in your Advanced Open Water Diver manual (Digital or Paper.) After that you need to complete the relevant Knowledge Reviews found at the end of each chapter in The PADI Advanced manual. These will be will reviewed together with your PADI instructor, probably on the boat, before each of your PADI Advanced Open Water dives.

PADI has some GREAT options for the “classroom” portion of the course. In fact you can actually start your course RIGHT NOW, TODAY from the comfort of your own home! Furthermore PADI has been developing its library of Digital products and offers you a variety of exciting options. Most of all, as with the PADI Open Water Course, you can choose from Advanced Open Water Touch, digital, pdf manuals and Online study called eLearning.

The Phuket dive sites offer great options for the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course. These include the sunken passenger ferry The King Cruiser (our favorite Phuket Wreck Dive). In addition the beautiful structures of Anemone Reef and the Leopard Sharks at the aptly named Shark Point offer some awesome dives and experience.

After all who wouldn't want to take a PADI Fish ID or Digital Underwater Course Dive on Shark Point?

Now you have completed the PADI Advanced Course you have tried lots of different types of diving. The question now is what type of diving do you like the best?

In fact EACH PADI Adventure Dive from the PADI Advanced Course has EXACTLY the same Performance Requirements as the FIRST Dive of the same PADI Specialty Diver Course. This means that when you are doing Adventure Dives on your PADI Advanced Course, you are also actually doing dives from a PADI Specialty Diver Course. Make sense? So actually the only difference between the PADI Advanced Open Water and a PADI Specialty Diver Course, is that Specialty Diver Courses go into much more detail and have more dives in the particular Specialty Dive Area.

In fact The Adventure Dive on the PADI Advanced is just your taster of what is to come! For example the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Course has 2 dives. As such, if you had already taken the Peak Performance Buoyancy Adventure Dives on your PADI Advanced Open Water Course? Then you guessed it, you would only need to take the 2nd Peak Performance Specialty Dive! If you did the Drift Adventure Dive on your PADI Advanced then you would only need to complete the 2nd Drift Specialty Diver Course dive, and so on.

Now how cool is that?

The Wreck Specialty has 4 dives. Thus if on your PADI Advanced Course you took the PADI Wreck Adventure Dive, then you would have already done the 1st dive of the Wreck Specialty. In that case you would only need to do 3 more Dives to be certified as a PADI Wreck Specialty Diver! For the Deep Diver Specialty there are 4 Open Water Dives. Again for PADI Advanced Certification you have already successfully completed the Deep Adventure Dive / Deep Specialty Diver Course Dive 1. Consequently you would only need to complete Deep Specialty Dives 2,3 & 4.

Please follow this link for more details of PADI Specialty Diver Courses .

So once you are certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver you would be able to move onto your PADI Rescue Diver Course. And Rescue is what you need for your PADI Master Scuba Diver rating!

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Pricing Options

Included: PADI course materials (paper or digital), PADI certification fees, Boat fees, Lunch and breakfast on the boat, drinking water, tea, coffee, equipment rental (if needed) and round trip hotel transfer from Patong, Kata, Karon, Chalong to the boat and back.
Boat 2 days5 Dives + 1 extra for fun!12,900 THB
Private Course1:1 TuitionAdd 2,000 THB
AOW & EANx Diver Combo:16,500 THB
Not included: Hotel transfers from other areas on Phuket please contact us for supplement details