Updated April 19th, 2018.
The PADI Advanced Open Water Course is your next step after taking the Open Water Diver. Here at New Way Diving, we have catered the best dives to the environment surrounding the waters of the beautiful island of Koh Tao.
The course takes place over 2 days and includes 5 Dives. It will depend on which day you start as to which order your Adventure Dives take place.
NOTE: If you haven’t yet taken your PADI Open Water Diver yet, you will need to complete this before taking this advanced course. Head here for more information and to book.
We’ve got an action-packed course for you where the focus is to develop your all round diving environment, rather than focusing on scuba skills that were taught during the Open Water Course. These take place over 5 dives, 2 of which are mandatory, while the other 3 are your choice, although there seem to be a few favourites, which are shown in the sample schedule below. The mandatory dives are the Navigation Dive and the Deep Dive. After that, there is a choice of the following…
- Peak Performance Buoyancy
- Fish Identification Dive
- Computer Dive
- Underwater Photography Dive
- Wreck Diving
- Enriched Air Nitrox Dive
- Underwater Naturalist Dive
- Drift Dive
- Night Diving
- DPV Dive
- Search & Recovery Dive
- Boat Dive
We offer a maximum group size of four students to one of our experienced instructors, assuring that each student receives enough attention, allowing them to qualify as a competent diver while having great, safe fun!
If smaller group instruction is desired, please contact us to make a request and we are happy to arrange!
Our Advanced Open Water Diver Course is designed to be flexible, and we do offer it as such… However, in our 20+ years of experience, we have found the below to be the most suitable, and how we usually run it…
|Day 1||10:00 – 10:45||Course Orientation & Paperwork|
|11:45 – 17:00||Peak Performance Buoyancy & Navigation Dive|
|18:30 – 20:00||Night Dive|
|Day 2||06:00 – 10:30||Deep Dive & Wreck Dive|
When day two comes to an end, you will be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver!
About the Qualification
The Advanced Open Water Diver License certifies you to dive around the world with any other certified diver to a depth of 30 metres. After having achieved this qualification there are a few routes to continue.
Firstly, you may decide to continue Fun Diving with us. (All of our previous students receive a discounted rate on continuing dives that they do with us, as a way of us saying thanks!)
Secondly, you may decide to continue learning more about each of the subjects that you covered in the Advanced Course by enrolling in the corresponding Specialty Diver Course. This will give you additional dives in the same environment you chose.
For example, and the most popular, the Deep Diver Specialty, which certifies you to 40m, the Wreck Diver Specialty, which allows you explore the inside of wrecks, and Enriched Air Nitrox, which allows you to dive on Nitrox all over the world and extend your dive times. Finally, many people decide to continue their Diver training with the PADI Rescue Diver Course. With both of these last two options, we also like to say thanks for completing the Open Water Diver Course with us, and offer 10% Discount off this course.
New Way Diving includes free collection from the pier upon arrival since taxis here can be expensive!
Simply let us know by email which ferry company you’ll be arriving with, what time and where from, and we will send our taxi to collect you from the appropriate pier and bring you to us so we can say hello, and help you get to your accommodation.
Accommodation in Koh Tao
The course price of 8,500 THB does not include accommodation.
However, we work with BP Hostel to offer our customers 2 nights in an AC Dorm for a total price of 9,000 THB.
We also work with Koya Guesthouse, who offer our customers a private room with Fan for 700 THB per night, or a private room with AC for 1,000 THB per night.
If you would like to book either of these accommodation options, simply send us a message requesting this.