If you know how to dive and spot fish in the water, that doesn’t mean your diving journey has to stop. With the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course, you can make diving more exciting and learn a lot more interesting things that you can do while diving.
The waters in the Gulf of Thailand are one of the best places for diving in the whole word. The waters are warm and clear so you get a clear view of what is under the water, a world filled with thousands of different, exotic, tropical fish and nature. And that makes it an ideal location to learn more and advance your scuba diving skillset, right here in Koh Samui and Koh Tao.
To get the most out of scuba diving, the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course will teach you 5 different specialties of diving. You will discover that there are a lot of other things that you can do underwater, aside from just gazing at the fish. This course will advance your expertise in diving.
Diving 30 meters below the sea level is called deep diving; it is an amazing experience and is an essential part of the Advanced Open Water Diving course along with navigation specialties. The latter is a crucial skill that helps you learn how to find your way under water, both with and without the help of a compass. It is not just a specialty but also a necessary and valuable skill.
After the aforementioned specialties, you are required to choose three additional specialties. You can choose from the following:
- Wreck Diving
- Night Diving
- Search and Recovery
- Peak Performance Buoyancy
- Digital Underwater Photography
- AWARE Fish Identification
- Diver Propulsion Vehicles (Underwater Scooters)
- Underwater Videography
- Multilevel & computer diving
- Boat Diving
When the course starts you have to study the specialties you choose in the Advanced Open Water book. Unlike the Open Water course, there will be no test or exam, although you will be required to answer some questions at the end of the specialty. Before heading to the boat, your PADI instructor will run all the theory by you to ensure that you have learned all the necessary information.
There will be 5 dives, each of which will require putting the theory into practice by executing the skills and following the procedures as described. Your instructor will brief you on all the equipment and gear before each dive.
All the required equipment and gear will be provided by the PADI Advanced Open Water course. If special equipment is required, you will have to rent it. On both days of the course, a traditional Thai buffet lunch will be provided on the boat.
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver training courses boast a very high customer satisfaction rate, and we are positive that you won’t be an exception to that. So if you want to take your diving skills to the next level and further increase your knowledge, book this course now with Samuidaytours.
This is a 5-star advanced diving course, and includes professional level diving equipment, use of a dive computer, small groups in courses, and a spacious boat.
PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver course includes:
- Hotel transfers
- English, German, French, Italian, or Russian speaking PADI Instructor – no more than 4 students to 1 instructor
- A full set of scuba equipment (BCD, regulator, wetsuit, mask, fins, and snorkel)
- 5 dives
- Advanced Open Water Diver book and certification card
- A light breakfast of tea, coffee, toast, and jam
- Buffet style Thai lunch consisting of rice, three tasty Thai dishes, fresh fruits, and water
- Accident insurance
* Speedboat tours only
What You Should Bring Scuba Diving course:
- Sun protection
- Swimming clothes
- Your booking voucher
PADI Advanced Open Water Course Itinerary:
The PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver course includes 5 dives conducted over 2 days. Each day follows the same itinerary. Dive 5 is usually accommodated in the morning with a shorter lunch break, or as a night dive in the evening on Koh Samui.
06:45 – 08:30 Transfer from your hotel to the pier. Enjoy the complimentary breakfast and a run through dive plans while waiting for departure.
08:30 – 10:00 Transfer to Koh Nang Yuan.
10:00 – 12:00 Dive.
12:00 – 13:15 Enjoy the tasty Thai style buffet at the beautiful ocean front restaurant.
13:15 – 14:45 Dive.
14:45 – 16:15 Transfer by speedboat back to Koh Samui and back to your hotel.
Pick up times in Koh Samui
06:45 – 07:00 Taling Ngam, Lipa Noi
07:00 – 07:15 Lamai, Nathon, Butterfly Garden
07:20 – 07:40 Chaweng, Baan Tai
07:40 – 08:00 Maenam, Bophut, Choeng Mon, Bangrak
Note: You can rent an underwater digital camera for yourself, or your instructor to take photos of your underwater experience and put them on a DVD for you.
Warning: Flying after diving – if you do a single dive, you must wait 12 hours after diving before flying. If you dive twice, you must wait 18 hours before flying. Our schedule is such that you can fly after 8:30am the following day after 2 dives.
- Knowledge Development to understand the basic principles of scuba diving
- Confined water dives to learn basic scuba skills
- Equipment assembly, adjustment, and preparation
- Deep water entry
- Proper weighting
- Snorkel regulator exchange
- Regulator recovery and clearing
- Air depletion
- Alternate air source
- Partial and full mask flooding and clearing
- Mask removal and replacement
- Breathing from a regulator without a mask (60 seconds)
- No mask swim
- Scuba unit removal and replacement at the surface
- Weight belt removal and replacement at the surface
- Cramp removal
- Tired diver tow
- Scuba unit removal and replacement underwater
- Weight belt removal and replacement underwater
- Fin pivot (oral and low pressure inflator)
- Neutral buoyancy (hovering)
- Free flowing regulator breathing (30 seconds)
- Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent
- Exiting the water
- Equipment disassembly & maintenance
- Open water dives to review your skills and explore!
- Visit Talay Nai, the emerald green lake on Koh Mae Koh
- Go to the viewpoint for a view of the entire park at Koh Mae Koh
- Hiking to multiple view points all the way up to 500m on Koh Wua Ta Lap
- Bua Boke cave featuring impressive stalagmites and stalactites
- Scuba diving
- Snorkeling at Koh Yippon and Koh Wao Yai
- BBQ on the Beach
- Go to the Picnic area
- All transfers
- Thai Buffet Dinner
- Non-alcoholic drinks, coffee, tea, and espresso
- Full breakfast
- Seasonal fruits
- Much faster journey, much shorter day
- Their speed means they can visit dive sites further away
- Speedboats are smaller vessels, so they can moor up closer to dive sites and visit some dive sites that larger boats can’t
- A bit more exciting than a slow boat!
- Slow boats are big boats, which have more space to move around and they’re more stable in the water.
- They also typically have more divers on board making for a good atmosphere where everyone has 1 thing in common.
- Big boats tend to use less gasoline, so the tour prices are typically cheaper.
- Generally as there’s more space, tea, coffee, and snacks are provided and there are better facilities onboard such as a wash tank, shower, and proper sized toilet.