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ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER COURSE PACKAGE – A COMPREHENSIVE 3 DAY PROGRAM

There are two ways to reach the advanced level. It does not matter if you have recently completed the Open Water Diver course or already have a few dives under your belt. Diving courses are there for you to gain diving experience and even better when done with a diving instructor.

The easiest way is the SSI Advanced Adventurer course (equivalent to the PADI AOWD). There you will do 5 adventure dives like such as: Deep, Navigation, Drift, Wreck, Buoyancy or Photography.

The more extensive training is the SSI Advanced Open Water Diver program. Each specialty course (except Nitrox) includes 2 to 3 dives and the academics can be completed in advance with e-learning. You will receive a certification card for each specialty course and once you have completed 24 logged dives you will receive the SSI Advanced Open Water Diver recognition card.

At Aloha Diving, all of our continuing education courses (Advanced Open Water Diver Course, Advanced Adventurer Diver Course) are organized to give you the best possible training, in the best possible locations around Phuket. With an unparalleled flexibility on our diving boat we can achieve that straightforward.

BOOK YOUR ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER COURSE WITH ALOHA DIVING

AOWD = Advanced Open Water Diver Course Package (4 specialty courses) | AAD = Advanced Adventurer Course (5 adventure dives)
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The SSI Advanced Adventurer Course is a practically orientated training program, which does not require you to study for an exam and can be completed here in Phuket in just 3 days. You have a wide range of Advanced Adventure dives to choose from like Deep Diving, Night Diving, Wreck Diving and Navigation to name just a few. This certification is equivalent to the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver. Furthermore these dives are credited towards future SSI Specialty Diver courses, and vice versa. We recommend to get your Advanced Open Water Diver rating with SSI specialty courses because you profit from more in-depth background knowledge and extensive diving experience.
It is up to you to decide how far you want to go. And the best part is recognition at SSI is free! Complete your continuing education program with the applicable SSI Specialty certification card and receive the SSI Recognition Ratings: Specialty Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver and Master Diver – free. SSI´s certifications are recognized worldwide so your diving experiences will be limitless.

Dive Information

Prices

Advanced Adventurer CourseTHB 13’500
Advanced Open Water Diver Course PackageTHB 16’900

Included

  • 6 boat dives
  • 3 day trips with our boat

  • Diving instructor

  • Full Scuba Diving rental equipment
  • Certification, digital learning access

  • Light breakfast, lunch, fruits, drinking water, coffee and tea (first day lunch and drinking water only)
  • Round-trip transfer from hotels in Karon, Kata, Nai Harn and Rawai to 
Chalong pier (other areas on surcharge)

Excluded

  • Soft drinks and beer

Training Dives

Where do I dive during the Advanced Open Water Diver Course in Phuket?

There is an abundance of marine life at the dives sites located in the Andaman Sea around Phuket and your instructor will show you a diverse variety of fish, corals and marine creatures. As we have a flexible boat schedule we choose the dive sites in the morning of the Advanced Open Water Diver Course day depending on prevailing conditions such as weather, waves, tides and currents. Enjoy 2 training dives each day with no time limit, on a small, easygoing diving boat. Dive sites suitable to complete the Advanced Open Water Diver Course in Phuket are the Racha IslandsKoh Mai ThonKoh Doc MaiShark PointKing Cruiser Wreck and Anemone Reef.

Advanced Open Water Diver

AOWD Course Options

The speciality courses we include in the Advanced Open Water Diver course package to become the best diver possible are:

SSI Deep Diver Specialty Course
SSI Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty Course
SSI Navigation Specialty Course
SSI Wave, tide and current Specialty Course or Wreck Diving Specialty Course

Have you always wanted to try underwater photography or videography? How about night diving? Ask us to tailor make an Advanced Open Water Diver training package that suits you. The choice is yours:

SSI Boat Diver Specialty Course
SSI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty Course
SSI Night-Limited Visibility Specialty Course
SSI Perfect Buoyancy Specialty Course
SSI Search and Recovery Specialty Course

Open Water Scuba Diver in Phuket

AAD Course Options

During the Advanced Adventurer Program you will have the chance to try out 5 different specialties. You will complete one open water training dive per specialty and if you decide to take a full course in any of the specialties you tried, the dive you took can be applied to your advanced certification.
Continuing Education is exciting and limitless. Choose your personal combination of 5 adventure dives from total 11 specialties to reach your diving goals today! The Adventure in Diving Program will provide you certain benefits and gets you one step closer to your ultimate dive experience.
Deep Diving (30 Meter)*
Underwater Navigation*
Perfect Buoyancy
Digital Underwater Photography
Night and Limited Visibility (only as a specialty course available)
Enriched Air Nitrox Diving
Wreck Diving
Wave, Tide and Current
Search and Recovery
Boat Diving
*Strongly recommended by Aloha Diving.

Advanced Open Water Diver in Phuket

Previous experience in diving

Prerequisite for this program is the SSI Open Water Diver certification or its equivalent. Further prerequisites vary depending on the programs included.

Minimum age

15 years / We have Advanced Adventurer course option available for teens. Please contact us to tailer a course for your children

Try Scuba Diving

The itinerary of a Advanced Open Water Diver Course is looking as following:

All Advanced Open Water Diver Course and Advanced Adventurer Course days will be conducted on the day trip boats. An example of a day trip itinerary see below.
07:30 am Pick up from the hotel with a transfer to Chalong Pier
08:00 am Depart to the first dive site
10:00 am Arrive at the first dive site
11:30 am Lunch is served as part of the diving surface interval
1:00 pm Second dive location
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm Arrival back at the Pier and transfer to your hotel

Diving days of exploration, excitement and experiences!, Dive at the Phuket dive sites Racha Yai, Racha Noi, Shark Point, Anemone Reef, King Cruiser, Koh Doc Mai and Koh Mai Thon.

Pick up times & transfer surcharges

LocationP/U timeshared transfer
Rawai8.00amFREE
Nai Harn8.00amFREE
Kata Beach7.45amFREE
Karon Beach7.30amFREE
Patong Beach7.15amTHB 500
LocationP/U timePrivate transfer
Phuket Town7.30amTHB 1’200
Cape Panwa7.30amTHB 1’400
Kamala Beach7.30amTHB 1’600
Surin Beach7.30amTHB 1’800
Bangtao7.15amTHB 1’800
Nai Yang7.00amTHB 2’000
Mai Khao7.00amTHB 2’200

Frequently Asked Questions

According to which standards do you teach divng?

We teach according to the two largest diving organisations in the world SSI and PADI. But by far the intensity of the pool diving exercises, the length of the training dives, the good training level of our instructors and the small teaching groups are far beyond those standards.

Are there any dangerous creatures I need to worry about?

Injuries to scuba divers from marine creatures are very rare. There is a lot of talk about sharks however attacks to scuba divers is extremely rare. There are a lot of different creatures in the sea that can bite or sting however 99.9% of the creatures are placid and timid and will not bother you. The golden rule is don’t touch or intimidate and you won’t get hurt. Very wise words.

Best time to visit Phuket?

Overall the best time of the year to dive on Thailands west coast is between November to April. The weather conditions are most stable during this time of the year and all dive sites are open. However, as this is the main tourist season prices tend to be higher and the dive sites more frequented. More information you find on scuba diving in Phuket.

Can I cancel a diving booking if I’m not ready to dive and how much notice do I need to give and do I get a refund?

Please find the cancellation policy in terms and conditions

Can I wear my glasses under a Scuba Diving Mask?

Diving mask for eyeglass wearers

Anyone who knows the element water, know that you can see underwater only blurred with the naked eye. To recognize the magnificent scenery under water in all its beauty you need a tool. For this reason offers Aqualung, Mares, Subgear and co. a variety of diving masks.

The choice is limitless in the matter of colors, sizes and shapes. But what if you are wearing eyeglasses? Are you for scuba diving suitable? Yes you are because you have many options. The best diving mask with prescription lenses is your indispensable partner for snorkeling and scuba diving also when handle an underwater Camera.
Maybe you are facing the problem of how you can experience the colorful corals, sea anemones and underwater animals because eyeglasses just does not fit under the diving masks. With a diving mask with corrective lenses you can enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling at maximum.

When buying a diving mask you should decide if you like to have a mask with prescription glasses or you just prefer to ware contact lenses.

Meanwhile, it is easy to get a diving mask with prescription lenses, so you can snorkel and scuba dive despite refractive error.

Popular diving masks with prescription lenses

Two glass masks are best for this purpose, since the optical lenses are glued from the inside on the discs and can be changed by yourself or by a scuba diving retail shop.

There are diving mask models, where the glasses can be exchanged. If your prescription changes, you do not need to buy a new dive mask.

The following masks are designed for changing lenses:

  • Aqualung Look, look and look 2 HD
  • Mares X-Vision LiquidSkin, X-VU LiquidSkin, X-VU LiquidSkin Sunrise (designed for asian faces) and Star LiquidSkin
  • Subgear PRO EAR 2000
  • Cressi Big Eyes Evolution Crystal, Eyes Evolution and Focus

The list is not final and the product lines of the manufacturers also changes regularly.

The vision is for the divers the most important of his five senses. The other four are completely turned off underwater or reduced to a minimum. Assuming the diver used an appropriate tool – the diving mask – he can see just as well under water as on land.

The diving gear manufacturers have a range of different mask models which are suitable for eyeglass wearers. For example, there is the Aqua Lung Look HD double-glass mask with following increments:

  • From -1 to -10 in 0.5 diopter increments
  • From +1 to +3 in 0.5 diopter increments

These lenses may not correct exactly your eyes but are a good option for the classic “holiday divers” or snorkelers who does not want to spend a big amount of money.

Aloha Diving is dealer for: Aqualung, Mares, Scubapro, IST, Deep Blue and Poseidon.

With Aloha Diving you can try before you buy any mask on a Scuba Diving Day Trip free of charge.

For passionated scuba divers – and professional divers such as our instructors is the best option to let the mask lenses adapt by an optician. The glasses can be adjusted flexibly whether short or long-sighted or even astigmatism:

  • Single Vision whole glass diving mask
  • Single Vision Half glass diving mask
  • Bifocal whole glass diving mask
  • Three strengths whole glass diving mask

Your arm gets too short?

For divers in which the arm or the high pressure hose gets too short to read the instruments such as pressure gauge, compass, depth gauge or dive computer, there are cost-effective solutions by glue discs at the lower edge of the mask. This offers the possibility to use the top without correction for distance and instruments can be seen clearly through the lower part.

Contact Lenses for snorkeling and diving

As a cheaper alternative to prescription glasses you can use contact lenses. When using contact lenses, it may happen that the water penetration into the diving mask flush out the lens from the eyes. Best you use daily lenses, because they are much cheaper than monthly lenses and easier to replace. Get an advise regarding contact lenses from your optician.

Can non-divers join day trips?

Yes, of course. However, please note that not all diving day trips are suitable for swimming and snorkeling.

Can you recommend a hotel?

As there is such a large variety of hotels and guest houses in Phuket and every guest has different requirements and price budgets it is hard to give a general recommendation. We have 3 modern and clean rooms in our Dive which we rent to our divers.
We love the area of Rawai, therefore we have some hotel recommendations on the Phuket Diving Resort page.

Do I need a licence to Scuba Dive?

No, you can try scuba diving with the one day activity called the SSI Try Scuba Diving.

Do I need to know how to swim to scuba dive?

The short answer is no (but it helps). You can do the SSI Try Scuba Diving – Discover Scuba Diving without knowing how to swim. Have a look at this blog that will explain more. If you would like to become a SSI certified diver then you will need to know how to swim 200m or snorkel 300m!

Do you accept credit card payments?

Yes, we accept Visa and Mastercard with a credit card surcharge of 3%. You can do Credit Card payments until 4pm the evening before in our Dive Center in Rawai.

Do you accept other currencies?

No – We only accept Thai Baht for payments

Do you cater to vegetarians?

Yes, we do. If you have any special dietary requirements it would be best to let us know in advance so that our cooks can plan ahead accordingly.

Do you have DIN or INT connection?

All tanks either INT valves or DIN valves. For Sidemount Divers we have the appropriate tanks available.

Do you have your own Scuba Diving Equipment and like to know keep them in good shape that you can enjoy them for many years?

Of course dive gear like your regulator will need a regular service (most manufacturers recommend every 100 dives or every 2 years, whichever comes first) which can be done by us or any registered service center, but to prevent high costs of replacement of certain parts it’s important to clean all your gear after every day of diving.

Cleaning Dive Gear

Regulator

When we clean and check our returned rental regulators, we follow 10 steps.

Often people make remarks on how good our rental gear looks. More important on the maintenance and cost side, the yearly servicing of our regs is an easy job with no corrosion to soak and scrub off. Below are the most important steps of our regulator cleaning routine.
During your dive week you can just rinse your gear in the rinse tank at the end of a dive, but it is well worth the time and effort after the last dive to do the full clean before storing your gear.
Check that the dust cap has no salt water in it, if yes, wash it out while keeping your thumb on the opening of the first stage so water doesn’t go in. Dry the dust cap by blowing it out with a tank, then put it back on the first stage and close to seal tightly.
Pull the hose protectors away from where the hoses connect to the first and second stages. Let the tap water run through the holes in the first stage, you must see the water running out of the holes (not all regulators have holes in the first stage by the way, for these sealed first stages you can omit this step).
Let the tap water run through the two mouthpieces and exhausts of the second stages. Do not press the purge button while doing this! If you do happen to press the purge button, make sure that you put the reg back on a tank and purge the second stages a number of times to get all water out.
Do check the bite tabs on the mouthpieces and inspect around the tie wrap for small holes. For hygienic purposes at this point we generously sponge soapy antibacterial dish liquid thoroughly around the mouth piece.
With your still soapy sponge, wipe over the second stage covers and all metal parts – this helps to remove salt and chemical residue. At this point you can also check your hoses for any wear and tear.
Finally, submerge the regulator (except the 1st stage) in a rinse tank of fresh water and soak for at least 5 minutes. Put the reg on a tank and purge the 2nd stages to remove any water left in the system. Take the 1st stage off the tank and seal it with the dust cap.
Hang the reg up to dry (if outside keep out of the sun). Make sure the hose protectors are not covering the metal parts.
Once dry, use Silicone Spray to spray the thread of 1st stage knob while screwing it in and out to ensure even distribution of the silicone over all the threads. Spray in and around the BCD quick disconnect while pulling it backwards and releasing it a few times. Spray the metal parts on the hoses close to the 1st and 2nd stages with Silicone Spray and push back the hose protectors.
What to do if you flooded your first stage regulator by not closing the dust cap while rinsing?

Firstly, it’s not that bad if you flood it with fresh water. If your regulator is flooded with salt water, rinse with fresh water immediately, to avoid corrosion. The main thing that you want to avoid is pressurizing the regulator while there is water inside and a computer or SPG attached. This could potentially damage your instruments downstream. Do not attempt this yourself – as soon as you can take your regulator to a regulator service technician – he/ she will do the following:

Immediately remove hoses and gauges, leaving only the second stage regulators attached to the low pressure portion of your 1st stage.
Rinse the first stage with fresh water if necessary (i.e., if you suspect that you have salt water or other contaminants inside the first stage).
Attach the first stage to a tank and slowly turn on the air. The service tech will be flushing all water out the high pressure ports. He will then slowly purge the second stages so that any water in the hoses will also be pushed out of the system. Warning: don’t ever pressurize a 1st stage regulator on a tank without a way to depressurize, such as having a second stage attached or a port open. If you do, good luck ever getting that thing off!
Last, if in a reasonably non-humid environment, the tech should let the whole thing sit out with ports out for a few hours to let any moisture evaporate before reassembling the regulator. While the regulator tech is working on your regulator, take your computer/ SPG and hold it at the gauge end and give it a good twirling to get any residual moisture or liquid out of the hose. It is very unlikely that you got any water through the pinprick-sized hole if you didn’t pressurize the system wet, but this is just for good measure (and a little bit of fun). Be sure you don’t accidentally his anyone with the hose or drop your gauges.

What is described here is just an immediate remedy to avoid and/ or mitigate the damage done by flooding, most of which is corrosion. Please take into consideration that your situation may vary depending on what type of water you got into your regulator and the type of regulator you have. Whatever you do immediately after flooding your regulator, you should definitely have it fully serviced as soon as possible. Regulators are expensive and sophisticated pieces of gear that our lives depend on, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Dive Computer

Be sure to soak your dive computer in fresh water after every dive. While submerged, depress all of the buttons a few times to get all the salt water out of them. Be sure to dry out of direct sunlight.

If your dive computer Floods!

If it is a user replaceable battery type, immediately remove the back cover and remove and discard the battery. Use compressed air to blow all water out of the battery compartment. Once completely dry insert a new battery and test. Make sure to use a battery replacement kit from the manufacturer of your dive computer – these usually come with new o’rings and back plate. It is important to replace these as they are the most likely culprits for the flooding. Check also for other damage to the computer that may have been the cause of the flooding. Non-user replaceable battery types will need to be sent to a service center or back to the manufacturer for repair.

BCD

The most important part of cleaning a BCD is to rinse away any salt water from the inside of the bladder, the dump valves and the inflator/deflator unit and hose. To prevent corrosion in your inflator unit, clean it by flushing the inside with fresh water. With the inflator unit mouthpiece held tight to the faucet of running tap water alternately push the inflator and deflator buttons. You should see the water coming out of the nipple, and water should be going into the BCD. The tap needs to be quite far open as you need good water pressure to flush the valve. Watch out – you might get wet!

Fill the BCD with some more fresh water. To do this you can remove a dump valve (be sure not to loose the gasket and be sure not to cross-thread when replacing); however the best (although not the easiest) is to do as in above, pressing the deflate button. Make sure the BCD is empty of air and below the incoming water. Slosh the water around to rinse every corner of the bladder.

Inflate the bladder (either by mouth or by regulator attached to a tank), make one of the dump valves the lowest point, and in 1 fluid movement squeeze the BCD and dump at the same time to force water through the dump valve. Fill and repeat to flush the rest of the dump valves. Once all the valves are flushed, empty the BCD of all water. Fully inflate the BCD and hang out of sunlight to dry. The reason to fully inflate the BCD is to check it’s air holding integrity – if the BCD is deflated when it is dry there is likely a leak somewhere in the system. If drying space is at a premium, just inflate with a little air and after drying fill with air to do the integrity test.

Wetsuit

To clean your wetsuit you can use a little bit of dishwashing liquid in a basin full of fresh water. Soak well with a bit of movement to wash the wetsuit inside out before hanging it up to dry. If outside, make sure you hang the wetsuit out of direct sunlight. Aloha Ocean Adventures sells “Sink the Stink”, a soapy solution to get the smell out of your wetsuit if you have not kept up with a proper cleaning routine before ?

Do you offer free Nitrox?

Unfortunately we can’t offer Enriched Air Nitrox for free. We ask for a surcharge of Baht 200,-per tank. We can offer you a Nitrox course for free when purchasing a diving computer through us.

How are the diving and weather conditions in the low season on Phuket?

The weather in low season is pretty good most of the time, although the humidity is much higher than normal. We have the occasional rain shower during the day, but this usually lasts only for a short time. The visibility and current under water is not much different compared to the rest of the year. Many people prefer to dive in low season, because there are not as many boats and divers at the varies dive spots. Due to the location of our Phuket dive sites are we able to offer day trips year round from our Island.

You can find more information about diving in the low season here.

How long are the surface intervals?

Safety is the highest priority at Aloha Diving and therefore the surface interval is a minimum of 90 minutes.

How long does a dive last?

We plan all our dives for a duration of one hour minimum. We do not have a dive time limitation. Therefore you can stay as long your air last (30 bar / 500 psi minimum pressure).

How many dives do you do in a day?

With our boat we offer two dives a day to extend each dive to the maximum with minimum 90 min surface interval. Phukets big boats offer three dives on a tight schedule. On the liveaboards there are usually 3 day dives and 1 night dive per day.

How many student divers are in a scuba diving class?

We teach scuba diving in small groups. A maximum of 4 student divers per Scuba Diving Instructor.

How to fit a Mask perfectly?

A correct scuba diving mask fitting is potentially one of the most important things for having a good time and relaxed scuba diving. If it leaks or is uncomfortable it can be miserable.

Learn below how to choose the correct size and type of mask for your face shape, and how to test to see if it is the perfect fit, before you buy or rent it.
What you are looking for is an airtight seal around your face, without having the mask too tight.

Scuba Diving Mask Fitting First Step

Measure Your Face

First, take a good look at your face. Is it narrow or wide? Are your eyes close together or wide apart? We have a wide range of Masks in our Diving Center in Phuket.

Aqualung Look HD

The Look HD is the evolution of the best-selling Look mask, first sold in 1988. The key features of the original Look, fit and comfort, have been maintained while new innovative features have been added. A stainless steel (AISI 316) anti-torsion bar has been integrated into the frame structure for maximum dimensional stability and lens planarity. This optimizes visibility by eliminating distortion.

Aqualung Impression

The Impression delivers a wide-angle view in an ultra-compact package. Modeled with Aqua Lung’s “Micromask Technology”, its innovative, patented structure positions the lenses close to the eyes. This significantly improves peripheral vision while maintaining an incredibly low internal volume. Aqua Lung’s “Advanced Fit Technology” uses textured bands of silicone around the skirt to form a superior seal against the face and minimizes water entry. The Impression is effortless to clear and its low profile is ideal for freedivers or any diver that wants to reduce in-water drag.

Aqualung Linea

We have gone the distance with this one! As part of the Women’s Collection, the Linea offers features to women unsurpassed in a mask. The “Comfort Buckle System” solves what so many women have asked for – a tangle free buckle! The Linea delivers a wide-angle view in an ultra-compact package. Modeled with Aqua Lung’s “Micromask Technology”, the close proximity of the lenses to the eyes significantly improves peripheral vision while maintaining an incredibly low internal volume.

Aqualung Micro Mask

The Micromask delivers a wide-angle view in an ultra-compact package. Its innovative, patented structure positions the lenses inside the “ocular orbit” or the natural facial recesses of the eyes. This close proximity of the lenses to the eyes significantly improves peripheral vision while maintaining an incredibly low internal volume. The Micromask is effortless to clear and its low profile is ideal for freedivers or any diver that wants to reduce in-water drag.

Is your nose bigger or smaller? Do you have much space under your nose above your lip? So with these things in mind, try to pick a mask that looks like it will fit your face instead of how many windows it has or how cool you think it looks.

Fitting Hint For Men – Don’t forget to shave before you go to do your snorkel mask fitting. It is hard to test a seal with a lot of stubble. A view Masks have the”Advanced Fit Technology” uses textured bands of silicone around the skirt to form a superior seal against the face and minimizes water entry.

Scuba Diving Mask Fitting – Second Step

Select A Mask To Test

Now test it on your face. Pull the straps over the top of the mask and try the mask on your face, without putting the strap around your head. You must look in a mirror and notice where the skirt foot lies. Is it too narrow around the sides of your eyes? What about your nose, does it have plenty of room? You should not be pulling the nose pocket up against the underside of your nose. How about the bridge of your nose? Does the hard frame or glass rest on your nose anywhere? How about when you push the mask in a little bit? Because when you are snorkeling, water pressure will press the mask onto your face a bit.

Scuba Diving Fitting – Third Step

Do The Suction Test

Now, with the strap still over the top (not over your head yet), put the mask to your face, press slightly, inhale a small amount through your nose to suction it to your face, and release your hands. The mask should stay on your face without continuing to inhale.
You should be able to move around a bit without it falling off. Try moving your face muscles a bit. Does that break the seal? Try smiling. That will often break a seal on even a good fitting mask. But see what it does. (Sometimes we try to get each other to laugh when snorkeling to cause each other’s face mask to flood).

Scuba Diving Mask Fitting – Fourth Step

Put It On Fully

Good so far? Notice that a good fitting mask will stay on with just a little suction. Now try it with the mask strap on your head. You should get an airtight fit with very light strap pressure.
The strap should sit high on the back of your head, not resting on your ears. If it rests on your ears it will get painful.
If you have to pull the straps tight to get a fit, or if you have big red marks when it comes off, you have it too tight. A leaky mask is more often a case of straps too tight than too loose.
Also, make sure with the mask fully on that you can easily pinch your nose so that you can clear your ears while descending.

Scuba Diving Mask Fitting – Fifth Step

Found A Fit?

This step is easy. If you have found a mask that fits you perfectly, try it before you buy it! At Aloha Diving you can try your favourite Mask while Scuba Diving. We believe this is the only way to find out which mask fit’s you best. And of course is is available for sale.
We are dealer for Aqualung, Mares, Scubapro, Cressi, IST and Deep Blue.

I would like to have a diving instructor for myself. Is that possible?

For a surcharge, a private diving course can be booked at any time.

I would like to try diving. Is this possible and do I do it with others?

We offer day trips with 2 introductory dives. These dives are designed to bring you the fun of diving closer and are therefore carried out in small groups of a maximum of 2 students per instructor.

Is Scuba Diving Dangerous?

Sure scuba diving can be dangerous, however it is a greater chance of being injured flying to Phuket or travelling from the airport to your hotel. Scuba diving is much like flying a plane. There are many rules and regulations and a large emphasis on safety. It also why you need a professional to take care of you and at Aloha Diving we have the best SSI Professionals on the island.

Is the equipment included?

Equipment is not included on liveaboard or day trips, unless it is a special package, or the Open Water Diver course was completed with Aloha Diving. For beginner dive courses and try scuba diving the equipment is included.

What do I need to take on the boat with me?

Sunblock, towel, swimwear, in low season it’s a good idea to bring rain wear and a warm jacket. Most things are included in our trip price. Soft drinks and beers are the only items you need to pay for. There is a limited supply and selection on the dive boats so please feel free to bring your own and store it in the icebox onboard.

What is a liveaboard boat?

A liveaboard boat is like a floating hotel that you can scuba dive off. They have cabins to sleep in, on board lounges, kitchens, however and tiolets. Some even have onboard luxuries like a Masseuse. In Phuket they range from over night trips up to 8-9 day adventures. You will need to be a certified diver to scuba dive from them however non divers can come on for the ride. Have a look at our liveaboard Phuket page to find out more.

What is the experience of my instructor/dive guide?

We from Aloha Diving guarantee highly experienced guides with excellent local knowledge.

What is the maximum dive depth?

The maximum depth is 30m but, with the appropriate qualification can be to 40m.

The depth limit for training dives are:

What is the water temperature like?

The water temperature is 28 – 30 degrees celsius all year round.

What kind of wetsuit is recommended?

3mm shorty is normally sufficient and is our standard rental suit. If you plan on diving on the liveaboard you might want to consider bringing a long 3mm suit.

What sort of food will be on the boat?

Food is a mixture of Thai and Western (more Thai). Our boat can cater for vegetarian. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements and we will do our best to provide you with meals to your liking.

Where can I exchange money?

There are several exchange counter close to our dive center in Phuket.

Where does the first dive training take place?

We have our own training center in Rawai. The first diving exercises take place in our own 2.3m deep container dive pool which is ideal for a professional training. You will not find this in such a form in any other diving school in Phuket or in whole of Thailand.

Will I be able to go onto an island on a day trip boat?

Sometimes where it is possible but never guaranteed as we plan the destination daily according to sea and weather conditions. If you are looking for a customized boat experience the Phuket Boat Charter might be interesting for you.

Read what other Advanced Open Water Diver students say about the course:

The diving was amazing. Alice, Simon and the Crew are doing a wonderful job. The Boat is nice with a great sun deck. The groups are small, that makes everything very comfortable. I did my advanced adventure certification with them. If you are looking for a good diving experience, you definitely should take the opportunity to go with them.
Janet Schramm
Janet S.
(Translated by Google) We spent a good 2 weeks in Thailand and loved it! The diving with Aloha Diving was really great. Alice and Simon run a very professional dive center where you feel really comfortable. Our daughter completed the advanced course with her and was very satisfied. She learned a lot and enjoyed it to the fullest.Alice and Simon did not just help us underwater. They gave us restaurant tips, organized trips, booked accommodation and scooters and showed us everything. It was not just diving at any dive center it was scuba diving with friends!We will definitely come back!(Original)Wir haben gut 2 Wochen in Thailand verbracht und waren begeistert! Das Tauchen mit Aloha Diving war wirklich toll. Alice und Simon führen eine sehr professionelle Tauchbasis, wo man sich wirklich wohl fühlt. Unsere Tochter absolvierte bei Ihnen den Advanced Kurs und war sehr zufrieden. Sie hat viel gelernt und hat es in vollen Zügen genossen. Alice und Simon haben uns nicht nur unter Wasser geholfen. Sie haben uns Restaurants-Tips gegeben, Ausflüge organisiert, Unterkunft und Roller gebucht und uns alles gezeigt. Es war nicht nur Tauchen bei irgendeiner Tauchbasis es war Tauchen bei Freunden!Wir werden sicher wiederkommen!
Patricia Schärz
Patricia S.