Best adventure dives for the PADI Advanced Open Water Course

Best adventure dives for the PADI Advanced Open Water Course

You aced the PADI Open Water, and now, the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver training beckons. What's the lowdown on this course, and how do you pick the right PADI Advanced Open Water Adventure Dives to level up your skills? We know you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by all the adventure dives that are offered, right?

Mastering Your Advanced Open Water (AOW)

Embarking on the Advanced Open Water Diver course isn't just about refining your underwater skills and acquiring new techniques through 5 adventure dives; it's also about injecting more excitement into your diving experience! Upon completion, you'll gain a license to explore depths of up to 30m.

Student checking his non decompression limits on dive computer

For each of the 5 adventure dives required for the course, you'll delve into the corresponding chapter in the PADI Adventures in Diving E-Learning manual and complete the associated knowledge reviews online. Two of these adventures are non-negotiable: Deep and Underwater Navigation. These dives concentrate on perfecting skills for deeper underwater exploration, emphasizing the importance of air management and dive computer usage. Additionally, they focus on enhancing your ability to navigate underwater, identify potential challenges, and, crucially, ensure a confident return to your starting point.

Now, for the thrilling segment— Explore our standout Adventure Dives here in Koh Tao that will boost your growth as a diver.


Peak Performance Buoyancy Adventure Dive:

student mastering buoyancy during the PADI Advanced Open Water diver course

Buoyancy control is the key to diving. This adventure dive focuses on the best techniques for enhancing this essential skill. Learn how to streamline yourself and your equipment, use your lungs more to control descents, adjust your trim, and focus on swimming, body position, and hovering. Your confidence and air consumption will improve as well, along with your buoyancy control.


Wreck Diver Adventure Dive

Diver exploring a wreck in Koh Tao, Thailand

Koh Tao boasts three impressive wrecks suitable for recreational divers, making it the perfect location for the Wreck adventure dive! Immerse yourself in the thrill of exploring a shipwreck and acquire the skills to safely plan and execute a wreck dive deeper than 18 meters.


Night Adventure Dive

Night dive in Koh Tao, Thailand

Discover the secrets of nocturnal diving as you master communication in the dark and become adept at handling a dive torch. Acquire advanced entry and exit techniques, and apply your navigation skills by following a reciprocal heading, just like in the Underwater Navigation dive, but with a thrilling twist! Explore the Ocean at night with lots of new cool stuff to spot, including the extraordinary natural phenomenon, Bioluminescence. 


Underwater Naturalist Adventure Dive

colorful reef in Koh Tao, Thailand

This Adventure Dive is an excellent opportunity to familiarize yourself with the local marine environment. Gain valuable insights into identifying various coral species and marine life, deepening your understanding of the intricate underwater ecosystem. Explore the behaviors of marine creatures and learn how symbiosis plays a crucial role in maintaining balance within the ecosystem.


Digital Underwater Photographer Adventure Dive

Digital Underwater Photographer student in Koh Tao, Thailand

For those with a passion for capturing moments, we strongly recommend embarking on this dive (and Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty course). It offers valuable and easily applicable tips and techniques, greatly enhancing your underwater photography skills.


 Search and Recovery Adventure Dive

Student using a lift bag during the Search and Recovery Adventure dive

Embark on an exciting underwater journey during this adventure dive, where you'll gain valuable experience in underwater search patterns, underwater knot tying (bowline, two half-hitches, and sheet bend), and using a lift bag to recover an object from the seabed. This thrilling dive promises both skill development and fun!


Rescue Diver

Student during Rescue Diver Course

Recognizing distress signs and addressing minor issues underwater is a crucial skill for all divers. The Rescue Diver adventure dive teaches these skills, enhancing your confidence and offering a preview of the rewarding PADI Rescue Diver course


Enriched Air Nitrox Adventure Dive

Enriched Air Nitrox diver in Koh Tao, Thailand

This great option empowers you to achieve two certifications within the same timeframe required for the Advanced course alone. Elevate your underwater adventures by mastering the skills to analyze Enriched Air fills and plan Nitrox dives using a dive computer. Dive deeper, stay longer, and make the most of your scuba journey with the Advanced and Enriched Air Nitrox combo course! Surprisingly, this combo not only enhances your skills but also saves you money compared to individual courses! 


Dive into the PADI Advanced Open Water course in Koh Tao, Thailand without hesitation—each adventure dive is a blend of fun and valuable learning. Whether you're refining skills or exploring new underwater realms, every choice contributes to an enriched diving experience. If decisions feel daunting, trust your instructor's expertise for tailored suggestions based on the local environment.

divers in Koh Tao, Thailand

Moreover, the benefits extend beyond the course, as many adventure dives count towards specialized certifications. Consider bundling your Advanced Open Water with specialties like PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy or PADI Wreck Diver. Opting for a combo such as PADI Advanced with Enriched Air Nitrox not only cuts costs but also significantly enhances your diving capabilities. Connect with us to explore package deals that deliver both educational value and savings.

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