PADI Advanced Open Water course at Bali Scuba

The PADI Advanced Open Water diver course at Bali Scuba

The PADI Advanced Open Water course is your next step. Dive the very best dive sites in Bali and upgrade your dive skills. It’s PADI’s most exciting dive course and a great opportunity to take your diving to the next level.

Take a look at the video above to see what you will do on the PADI Advanced course at Bali Scuba. Then read our Advanced course FAQs below and contact us to confirm your booking or get answers to any questions we’ve missed.


Why should I take the PADI Advanced Open Water course?

  • to become a safer and more confident diver
  • to refresh your dive skills
  • to learn new dive skills
  • to explore different kinds of dive sites
  • to have new experiences, fun and excitement

By certifying you to do deep dives, wreck dives and drift dives the PADI Advanced Open Water diver course will open the door to 80% of the world’s dive sites. You won’t need to worry any more about the depth and dive site restrictions that limits Open Water divers.


Who can join the PADI Advanced Open Water course?

It’s for divers just like you. You don’t need to be an advanced diver to take this course. Take the advanced course to become an advanced diver. You can benefit from this course if you have just finished the Open Water course or if you have been diving for years. You can join the PADI Advanced course if you are already an Open Water diver and at least 12 years old. Your Open Water certificate can be from any dive agency (not just PADI).


How long does it take?

Two days.


How deep will I dive?

Maximum depth will be 30m (100ft).


How many dives will I do?

Five dives.


Which dives will I do (and what will I learn)?

Two required dives:
  • Deep dive

What you’ll learn: Deep dive planning, buddy contact procedures and buoyancy control. Managing your gas supply, dealing with gas narcosis and safety considerations.

  • Navigation dive

What you’ll learn: Navigation using natural clues and compass headings, methods to estimate distance underwater. How to find your way back if you get lost.

Choose three additional dives from this list:
  • Drift dive

What you’ll learn: About drift diving equipment – floats, lines and reels, and about the causes and effects of currents. Techniques for staying close to a buddy and how to find the boat at the end of the dive.

  • Wreck dive

What you’ll learn: Safety considerations for navigating and exploring wrecks. Using penetration lines and reels to guide exploration. Special finning techniques to avoid silt-blindness.

  • Boat dive

What you’ll learn: Boat terminology. Boat diving procedures, etiquette and special entry and exit techniques. Safety considerations for diving from boats.

  • Underwater Naturalist dive

What you’ll learn: About the fish, plant and corals you see while diving. How to interact with them and identify them.

  • Peak Performance Buoyancy dive
    Hint: a great choice for less experienced divers

What you’ll learn: How to set your dive equipment 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.

  • Fish ID dive

What you’ll learn: Practical tips on how to protect the oceans. How to identify the most common fish families and species (your log-book entries will never be the same again).

  • Digital underwater photography dive
    Note: use your own camera or rent ours for IDR 550,000

What you’ll learn: How to choose the right underwater camera for you. How to get great shots quickly. Principles for good composition of underwater images. Practical techniques to take great photos with your digital camera.

  • Night dive

What you’ll learn: Flashlight handling. Night diving communication techniques. Entering, exiting and navigating in the dark. Identifying how plants and animals that change behavior at night. If you want to include a Night dive as one of your five dives you’ll need to stay overnight at Tulamben for one night (we can arrange accommodation for you there). The roads in Bali are too crazy to drive back to South Bali after diving at night.


Where will I dive during my Advanced course?

Liberty shipwreck at Tulamben. Photo: Fatima Mar

The shipwreck at Tulamben

Manta Ray, Nusa Penida with Bali Scuba

Manta at Nusa Penida

You’ll do some great diving while taking your PADI Advanced course at Bali Scuba. Three of your dives will be at Nusa Penida and two dives will be at Tulamben. These are the two best dive sites in Bali. You have great chances to see Manta at Nusa Penida and you’ll dive a World War Two shipwreck at Tulamben. How does that sound?



How do I learn?

When you sign up for the PADI Advanced course we’ll email you an online copy of the PADI Advanced Open Water manual. You can study before you arrive in Bali – who wants to study while on vacation? Your PADI Instructor will check your answers when you arrive in Bali. Don’t worry if you enroll at the last minute. We’ll give you a copy of the manual when you arrive at Bali Scuba for the first day of your advanced course. You can study between each dive or after your dives each day. Your Instructor will give you a complete briefing before each dive, will dive together with you, and will give a thorough debriefing after each dive. Most importantly, your Instructor will share the insider tips and tricks they have learnt over the years. The focus will be on diving because the PADI Advanced course is about diving (not about studying).


Can I take the course alone?

No problem.


What days do you run the PADI Advanced Open Water course at Bali Scuba?

Every day.


Will I receive a certificate card after completion?

PADI Advanced Open Water card

PADI Advanced Open Water

Yes you will. You’ll receive a temporary certificate (and a handshake, hug or high-five) on the day you finish your Advanced course. Your permanent diving licence will be mailed to your address. Make sure you show it each time you go diving so you’ll be allowed to dive the deeper sites.


Do I need to get a medical certificate?

Please read the questions on Page 1 of this medical form (it’s the same form you completed on your PADI Open Water course). If you can answer ‘no’ to every question you are good to go, no need to see a doctor. If you answer ‘yes’ to any question you will need to see a doctor before you can dive. The doctor should complete Page 2. You can visit a doctor in your home country or we can help you to find a doctor here in Bali. The doctor doesn’t need to be a diving specialist.


Is it cold?

The temperature is usually around 27C (80F) but from July to October the water is often colder. We have 5 mm long wetsuits available for rent.


What happens if I suffer from seasickness?

We have seasickness medicine available. Drink ginger tea the night before you dive and in the morning.


What is the Bali Scuba cancellation and refund policy?

We will be happy to refund any payment or deposit if you cancel for any reason up to 4 PM the day before your dive course begins. We also refund if you can’t complete the course for any reason.


Can I get vegetarian or halal meal?

No problem. Just let us know in advance.


Why chose Bali Scuba for my PADI Advanced course?

PADI 5 Star IDC logo

PADI 5 Star

Bali Scuba is a PADI Five Star dive center and multiple PADI award-winner. We are one of the few dive centers in Bali authorized to conduct PADI professional courses. This means we train the Instructors that all the dive centers use. We have been running the PADI Advanced Open Water diver course here in Bali for 15 incident-free years. Trust our experienced and well-trained staff and our safety-first procedures. We issue GPS-enabled VHF radios to our Divemasters when diving Nusa Penida (or other dive sites with strong currents). This means our crew will always find you even if you surface out of sight of the boat. This is a fantastic safety innovation and we are proud to be one of the very few dive centers in Bali to use them.


How much does the PADI Advanced Open Water course cost at Bali Scuba?

IDR 5,000,000 per person. There are no hidden extras.

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Can I get a discount?

Yes you can. Start your PADI Advanced open water course on any Sunday or any Thursday and receive 10% discount.


What’s included?

  • Daily hotel transfers (Sanur, Seminyak, Kuta, Nusa Dua)
  • 5 ocean dives
  • Tanks, weights, weight-belts
  • Free Nitrox for 2 dives each day (if certified)
  • Lunch & soft drinks each day
  • Online PADI manual
  • PADI certification
  • Daily use of towels

How can I book?

Contact us to make your booking or ask any questions or book online now and receive instant confirmation for your PADI Advanced course enrollment.

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