Why should I take the PADI Advanced Open Water course?
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By certifying you to do deep, wreck and drift dives the PADI Advanced Open Water diver course (AOW) 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.
Have fun at the very best dive sites in Bali and upgrade your skills at the same time. It’s one of PADI’s most popular courses and a great opportunity to take your diving to the next level.
Who can join the PADI Advanced Open Water course?
It’s for scuba divers just like you. You don’t need to be an advanced diver to take this course. Take the advanced course if you want 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?
How many dives will I do?
How deep will I dive?
Maximum depth will be 30m (100ft).
Which dives will I do (and what will I learn)?
Two required dives:
What you’ll learn: Deep dive planning, buddy contact procedures and buoyancy control. Managing your gas supply, dealing with gas narcosis and safety considerations.
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:
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.
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.
What you’ll learn: Boat terminology. Boat diving procedures, etiquette and special entry and exit techniques. Safety considerations for diving from boats.
- Underwater Naturalist
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 (PPB)
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
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 (DUP)
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.
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).
Where will I dive during my Advanced course?
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 scuba 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 during your surface interval or after you get back to our HQ each day. Your Instructor will give you a complete briefing before each dive, will stay together with you underwater, 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?
What days do you run the PADI Advanced Open Water course at Bali Scuba?
Is it cold?
The temperature is usually around 27C (80F) but from July to October the water is often colder at Nusa Penida – that’s what brings in the exciting marine life! We have 5 mm long wetsuits available for rent.
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 course begins. We also refund if you can’t complete the course for any reason.
Why choose Bali Scuba for my PADI Advanced course?
Bali Scuba is a PADI Five Star dive center and multiple PADI award-winner. We are one of the few dive centers in Bali authorised 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 16 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 400,000 per day for dive equipment rental
- Included: 5 dives, PADI manual, certification fee, lunch and soft drinks, towels, door-to-door transfers (most destinations South Bali)
- No hidden extras!
- Special bonus: free Nitrox for any diver with Nitrox certification
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.
Book online now with your credit card to get instant confirmation. By booking online you save 3% credit card fee. Enjoy 100% refund guarantee if you cancel your program with at least 24 hours notice.