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Advanced Open Water Diving 2024-04-24T19:11:19-05:00


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About the Advanced Open Water Diving Course

The Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. And no, you don’t have to be experienced to take it!

This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI instructor.  The course builds on Open Water Diving skills and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and ways to have fun while scuba diving.

You will complete 5 different short courses called ‘Adventure Dives’:

  • 1 (Mandatory) Deep diving – where you will learn to dive to max 30m/100ft accompanied by the dive instructor
  • 2 (Mandatory) Underwater Navigation accompanied by the dive instructor
  • 3-5 Three Adventure dives of your choice can be: Drift Diving, Fish Identification, Peak Performance Buoyancy, or Night Dive. Accompanied by the dive instructor, but also with other recreational divers who are not doing the course, however the instructor will reinforce the knowledge at the surface before entering the water.

We tend to recommend that you include Peak Performance Buoyancy, Drift Diving and Fish Identification as three of your optional Adventure dives. These skills are particularly useful for diving comfortably in the Galapagos conditions and moving your performance quickly past the novice stage. We can also include the Night Dive adventure, ask your sales agent for more information!

Itinerary for the Advanced Open Water Course

DAY 1 (30 minutes)

  • Participants must complete the online theory course before arriving in Galapagos
  • Complete your liability and information forms and review with your instructor the assigned five specific diving adventures.
  • Try dive gear in preparation for the coming activities.
DAYS 2, 3, 4 (07:45 – 16:00)

  • Travel to our dive site
  • Specific Adventure dive briefing and preparation with your instructor at the beginning of the dive (later you will join the group of recreational divers for the rest of the dives. Only with the deep and navigational dives you will be assigned with a personal instructor)
  • Adventure dive  – putting into practice your learning for that specific topic (ask our sales agents the adventure dives that are available at offer)
  • One hour surface interval between dives for rest, review and refreshments
  • Adventure dive (your final dive on Day 4 will be a Fun Dive not specific to the course)
  • Enjoy lunch onboard, return to dive center
  • Debrief the day and prepare for next Adventure dives.

Course Requirements

  • Be a certified as Open Water Diver
  • Complete the PADI course and liability release form
  • Present a medical certificate declaring any health issues that may affect diving.

What’s Included?

  • An English and Spanish speaking PADI Instructor
  • Knowledge Development Theory also available online
    • Note: All divers are responsible for reading the relevant chapters of their PADI Advanced Open Water manual themselves.  Instructors will reinforce learning during the dive days.  There are no final exams in this course.
  • Practice: You will practice your 5 Adventure Dives directly in the sea on Days 2, 3 and 4.  Specific dive sites will be chosen to support each part of your learning.
  • One Fun Dive on Day 4 just to enjoy the Galapagos seas.
  • Your Advanced Open Water manual
  • Full equipment: (wetsuit, regulator, BCD, mask, fins, boots, hoods, gloves, tanks)
  • Towels, refreshments and lunch on board
  • Transport between dive sites and Scuba Iguana
  • First aid and emergency equipment (including 80% coverage any hyperbaric chamber treatment).
  • Your International PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Certification
COST: 1 student $ 1,185

2 students or more $ 1,055 per person

REQUERIMENTS: 10 years + adequate swimming skills, good physical health
SKILL GAINED: Dive to 30m
CERTIFICATION: Globally recognised Advanced Open Water License
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