SSI Advanced Open Water Course | 2 Days | KOH TAO, THAILAND

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  • The Advanced Open Water Diver Course is your next step after taking the Open Water Diver Course, allowing you to expand the environment within which you can dive. This is where it gets really exciting!
  • Take your newfound underwater licence and start to dive deeper (up to 30 metres)… experience a wreck dive… a mind-blowing night dive… a photography dive… an enriched air nitrox dive… and more! Learn how to identify all of the fish that you will see in the clear blue waters of Koh Tao Island!


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The SSI 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. This fun and challenging course takes place over two 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 Open Water Diver yet, you will need to complete this before taking this advanced course.

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 an Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver!

About the Advanced Open Water 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 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 a 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

Our course price of 11,000 THB does not include accommodation.

  • However, we work with BP Hostel to offer our customers 3 nights in an AC Dorm for just 300 THB per night.
  • 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 and we will organise everything for you. Or, if you’d like to book your own accommodation on Koh Tao, that’s no problem.


New Way Diving

The South East Asia Backpacker Community have tried and tested adventures across the region and handpicked a selection of only the BEST companies to work with.

Why we chose New Way Diving

With both Western and Thai owners, New Way Diving has been established for over 20 years on the island of Koh Tao offering the best service possible. With highly-experienced and qualified instructors (English-speaking) they are able to ensure that each beginner diver feels confident and safe in the water. From day one you will be in good hands and will feel guided and nurtured every step of the way, whether you’re a beginner diver or training to be a Dive Master… See over 1,000 5-star Trip Advisor Reviews for more details!

What is unique about New Way Diving?

  • Small Groups – Unlike some of the larger dive schools, New Way prefer a small and friendly approach. There is a maximum group size of 4 students to 1 instructor, which assures that each student receives the necessary attention.
  • Environmentally Active – New Way Diving are extremely active in making the island of Koh Tao a better place for creatures great and small. They host regular beach and reef clean-ups which you can get involved with while you’re there!
  • No Swimming Pool Learning – All of the training at New Way takes place in the sea in calm, warm shallow waters to begin with. Why spend hours in a swimming pool watching hairs and plasters float past in order to then go diving in the sea? Instead, you can start immediately in the ocean and watch the beautiful marine life from your first breath underwater!
  • More Dives – Because of the ‘straight to sea’ policy, New Way students leave Koh Tao with more dives than normal since there is a short diving tour after each skill segment is complete, meaning that you will finish having completed up to six dives instead of the usual four. This gives you more chance to explore the amazing dive sites around Koh Tao.
  • Sail Rock! – Unlike other dive schools, New Way dive at Sail Rock, the best dive site in the Gulf of Thailand EVERY DAY. This is now a standard part of every Open Water Course, weather permitting!



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What's Included

Included in the Price:

  • SSI Advanced Open Water Materials
  • Professional Instructors
  • 4:1 Maximum Ratio
  • All Equipment Rentals
  • Taxi Collection & Return from / to the pier
  • Tea, Coffee, Water, Biscuits & Fruit

What’s not Included

  • Food
  • Accommodation (we can organise for you)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transport to Koh Tao

Refund Policy

  • In order to book this experience, you will need to pay a deposit online via South East Asia Backpacker.
  • This deposit is fully refundable if you wish to cancel up until 48 hours before the start of the activity. PLEASE NOTE: This policy refers to the payment made to South East Asia Backpacker at the time of booking. All subsequent payments to the operator of your chosen activity fall under their own refund policy
  • For cancellations made fewer than 48 hours before the start of the activity there is no refund available.
  • You can request a change of date at any time.
  • Date changes are entirely down to the availability of the operator and nothing to do with South East Asia Backpacker. 
  • If your date change is not agreed upon, as long as it is more than 48 hours before the start date you originally made your booking for, your deposit can be refunded in full if you wish to cancel.
  • The remaining payment for the experience is payable directly to the operator.
  • The operator can request the remaining payment via an online payment link or upon arrival at the destination.
  • The refund of the second payment, which goes directly to the operator, is based on the terms and conditions of the operator, over which South East Asia Backpacker have no control.
  • Please see our customer terms and conditions for more information.

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