Advanced Open Water Course Koh Tao


Advanced Open Water Diving Course is 5 Adventure Dives

Course Price: 10,000 THB

The PADI Advanced Open water course is your next step and can be completed immediately after you have become a PADI Open Water diver.

The Advanced Open water course consists of 5 Adventure dives and each one is packed with fun and knowledge in a different specialized area of scuba diving.

Adventure dives will enhance your understanding, skill-set and encourage you to want to continue with your diving.
There are two mandatory dives you must complete, the deep dive and the underwater navigation dive.

Choose Adventure Dives for the Advanced Open Water Course

You can choose three further Adventure dives that interest you from a list of adventure dives we conduct on Koh Tao:

  • Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB)
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Wreck Dive
  • Night Dive
  • Search & Recovery
  • AWARE – Fish Identification
  • Enriched Air Nitrox
  • Boat Diving
  • Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV)*

There are two sections to the PADI Advanced Open water diver course; Knowledge Development & Open Water training.

Advanced Open Water Knowledge Development

You will receive the online PADI Advanced Open Water Diver manual and are required to use the manual as a reference whilst completing the required knowledge development section.

To begin with you must read the Deep Diver and Underwater Navigation sections of the PADI Advanced Open Water online manual and complete the corresponding knowledge reviews that are straight forward.

These are for the two mandatory adventure dives you must complete. Your instructor will then review these to ensure you understand each subject.

You will also choose three elective adventure dives and complete the corresponding knowledge development and review. 


Course Price: 10,000 THB

Advanced Open Water training dives

Koh Tao offers a wide variety of dive sites, making it an ideal location for you to complete the PADI Advanced Open Water course.

For Deep dives we have some of the best dive sites in the gulf of Thailand including the famous Chumphon Pinnacles or Sail Rock.

Both dive sites offer easy access to 30metres and beyond, making them ideal for the Deep Adventure dive.

For the wreck dive we have HTMS Sattakut, an ex Thai naval vessel purposely sank to make an artificial dive site in 2011.

The warm water, calm conditions and relatively shallow sites offer great night diving opportunities for most of the year.

With over 25 dive sites that are within a 40minute boat journey and many much closer, you are spoilt for choice when selecting dive sites for the Advanced Open Water.

Flexible Advanced Open Water Course Schedule

The normal schedule would be over 2 days and look something like this.

Day 1

09.00 – 11.00 – Meet Instructor & review e-learning knowledge reviews


12.15 – 17.00 – Underwater Navigation dive plus 1 elective dive

18.30 – 20.00 – Night dive (2nd elective dive)

Day 2 

07.00-11.45 – Deep dive plus 1 elective dive – (Wreck dive) 

Advanced Open Water Course Price:

The course includes:

  • E-learning online PADI Advanced Open Water diver manual & PADI certification
  • PADI Instructor fees
  • Insurance
  • Log Book
  • Equipment rental including torch rental
  • Dive computer

Become a PADI Advanced Diver on Koh Tao

Course Price: 10,000 THB

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the PADI Advanced Open Water course Koh Tao?

The PADI Advanced Open Water course is 10,000 baht for new customers and for any ex-students that have previously dived or completed other courses with us, you can enjoy a student discount of 10% off.

How long does it take to complete PADI Advanced Open Water course Koh Tao?

The Advanced Open Water course is completed over 1.5 days. The first morning will be a knowledge development session with your instructor reviewing the schedule and helping you to choose your elective dives.

The same afternoon you can start the Open Water training, which can be completed by lunch time the following day.

This allows you time to catch any ferries off the Island the following afternoon and helps those who are on a shorter time schedule.

How many dives is the PADI Advanced Open Water course Koh Tao?

The Advanced Open Water course consists of 5 Adventure training dives. The 2 mandatory dives, required by PADI standards, are the Underwater Navigation and the Deep Diver.

You then have the option to choose 3 adventure dives. This allows you to tailor the Advanced Course to suit your needs and interests and your Diving Instructor will help you decide.

Some of the options are; Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Naturalist, Wreck Diver, Night Diver, Search & Recovery, Fish Identification, Boat Diving, Diver Propulsion Vehicle and Underwater Imaging.

For more details please get in touch.

How deep do you go on the PADI Advanced Open Water course?

During your Deep Adventure Dive you will reach up to a maximum depth of 30 metres.

Upon completion of the course and with this extra training and experience you will be certified to dive around the world up to to 30 metres uncovering the majority of the worlds dive sites.

Whilst 30 metres is the maximum depth you can dive to, you do not need to reach this depth.

Do I need to pay for equipment on the PADI Advanced Open Water course?

No. All equipment, Insurance and certification costs are included in the course fees. You may also be provided with a compass and dive computer as required on dives.

How old do I need to be to start the PADI Advanced Open Water course?

12 years old is the minimum age to enrol in the PADI Advanced Open Water course.

During and after training any diver aged between 12-14 years old will have a maximum depth limit of 21 metres and a Junior Advanced Open Water certification.

For anyone who is 15 years or older, they will receive a full PADI Advanced Open water course certification and can dive to a maximum depth limit of 30 metres.

After a Junior Advanced Open Water diver turns 15 their depth limit will automatically change to 30 metres.

We recommend diving to this depth for the first time with a PADI Professional and you should notify the dive leader before you go diving.

What is the minimum number of dives needed to start the PADI Advanced Open Water course?

The minimum number of dives to enrol on the Advanced Open Water course is the 4 training dives you completed as part of your Open Water course.

The Advanced course is seen as a popular and natural stepping stone for the majority of divers just finishing their Open Water course training.

Will I enjoy the PADI Advanced Open Water course on Koh Tao?

Are you a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent that enjoys spending time under water? If so, the PADI Advanced Open Water course is the course for you.

Furthering your development in scuba diving and fine tuning the skills you have already learned, the PADI Advanced Open Water is the perfect step to start learning more.

The main benefit of the course is not only extending your depth limit to 30 metres but allowing you to choose the dives that interest you.  

The more you dive the more you realise the endless possibilities that can be achieved under water.

The Advanced Open Water course introduces you to the different types of diving specialty areas, allowing you to find out what interests you and to a schedule that you choose yourself.

Is there more exams or pool sessions on the PADI Advanced Open Water Course?

No. The PADI Advanced Open Water course has no pool sessions or exams.

The course is there to add to the level of experience from prior training and to develop the way you dive and introduce you to the many new choices you have underwater.

Is accommodation included in the PADI Advanced Open Water Course?

No, accommodation is not included in the standard course fee. However, accommodation can be arranged for you at an extra cost.

We can source a range of best choice accommodation options, including AC rooms and fan bungalows in different locations around Koh Tao.

If you prefer to be located in a particular area of Koh Tao, please let us know at the time of booking your course, so we can best advise you.

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