Sarah- “Hey, lets go dive the wreck tomorrow at 25m.”
Sam- “I can’t, I’m only certified to 18m :(”
There are so many scuba diving sites to explore once you have your open water licence but a lot of them in Koh Tao and around Asia go below the 18m level, which is your depth limit of open water course. You don’t have to go deeper as you can see everything as the waters are very clear but wouldn’t it be better to be able to go deeper and a have look at something interesting?
The advanced diver course will let you go to 30m! The course is 5 dives from different specialty courses which includes Deep and takes 2 days. You learn a little bit more theory but you are taught a lot more skills with the focus on practical knowledge and skills beyond the open water course that you can start to apply to all your future dives. Our normal schedule is a 10am start for the theory and briefing of skills for the dives.
On Koh Tao we start with Navigation and Perfect Buoyancy dives in the afternoon as you will use the skills learned on the remaining dives. You learn to use a compass and natural navigation and work on your trim, diving techniques and weight position. Next is a Night dive, an amazing experience to see everything illuminated by torch light. The next morning we make a Deep dive to 30m and normally a Wreck dive on the HTMS Sattakut, sunk on purpose for diver training so it is perfect. And that is it. There is no exam or theory test; just learning new skills from your instructor and applying these to your course and future dives.
5 dives in 24 hours . Done! You get the SSI Advanced Adventurer certification.
Check out this video from one of our customers who just completed her advanced course.
If you want to know more just contact us. You may then want to continue with a specialty course such as Deep Specialty which allows you to dive to 40m, the limit for recreational scuba divers, you only need 2 more training dives.