Advanced Open Water Diver

In Mainstream of PADI Scuba Diving Courses by Grahame Massicks

Advanced Open Water Diver – how it works

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The idea of PADI’s Advanced Open Water Diver course is to broaden and deepen your diving skills and knowledge, under the guidance of a PADI instructor. You achieve this by doing something while diving, rather than just diving for fun. You focus on specific diving skills relative to the type of dive that you choose to do, so each of the five dives are different.

It is a less academic course than the Open Water Course, with the emphasis on the in water experience. Most people who complete this course do it relatively early in their diving career, and what I see in most of my students is a massive boost in confidence!

You need to be reasonably fit and healthy to undertake the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course, so please check out the medical form below. Make sure that you can answer ‘No’ to all the questions on the first page. If you need to answer ‘Yes’ to any of the questions, print out the form, and seek the advice of your doctor. If he declares you fit to dive, please get him or her to fill out the form and then bring it with you when you visit.

Medical Statement PDF

PADI stipulates that you must make two compulsory dives: Deep and Navigation. So to complete the course choose three of the following options:

Underwater Photography
Underwater Naturalists
AWARE – Fish Identification
Diver Propulsion Vehicle
Enriched Air
Multilevel and Computer
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Search and recovery

Each dive is called an Adventure dive. An Adventure dive is the first dive of their respective specialty course and can be credited towards specialty certification. Completed specialty courses can also be credited towards the Advanced Open Water certification. This makes for an integrated and highly convenient system of diver development which you can use to achieve your next level of diver certification.


I try to make sure that all the shore dives are completed at different dive sites to provide you with more experience,and to show you the variety of shore diving available here in Salang on Tioman Island.

The two boat dives are your opportunity to experience the best of Tioman’s diving, and are always conducted at different dive sites.

To start this course you must have an Open Water Diver certification, but not necessarily issued by PADI.

Brand new for 2017 I am launching a Premium Service version of Scuba Guru’s dive offerings! The central idea is that those who select to use the Premium Service will have me exclusively during the course of their stay here in Salang. Whether for fun dives or diving courses I will take on no other customers than the Premium booking. Now that is truly unique to Scuba Guru! To find out more click the button below:

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Because I believe that not everyone gives themselves enough time to get the most out of their scuba diving course I have introduced a new deal for 2018. All of my students are welcome to one or even two days of extra training designed to suit them and their needs.

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The training will be up to two shore per day dives in beautiful Salang Bay. The students can have either one or two days of training at the bargain price of RM 180.00 per day.


We will obviously cover equipment assembly, the buddy check, entry, decent, ascent and exit. We can also cover any skills that either the student or I feel that would be of benefit to them. We will also develop the underwater skills of body position, fin kicks, buddy co-ordination and critically buoyancy skills.

I appreciate that not everyone can get extended leave, which is one of the reasons they don’t have enough time, so I am prepared to offer the option of allowing them to return at a later date, but within the same season. Since there is a continuum to learning this is not the best way to take advantage of this offer.

Even if you completely ace your course at this price it is cheaper than my regular shore dives, so I encourage all my students to take full advantage of this offer.

All the required course materials, equipment, and certification fees are included in the price.

Advanced Open Water Diver Schedule

1st day: 9.30 am to 5.00 pm shore
2nd day: 9.30 am to 3.00 pm boat
Night dive: 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm
Duration: 2 days
Number of dives: 5
Standard Service Price: MYR 1100.00
Premium Service Price: MYR 1650.00

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