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Advanced Open Water Diver

Project Description

Advanced Adventurer
Advanced Open Water
Diver Course

Compered to the SSI Advanced Open Water Diver Course is the SSI Advanced Adventurer Course is a truly practical 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



  • 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)


  • Soft drinks and beer

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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.

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 Course

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

Advanced Open Water Diver Course

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 Course

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.

  • Pick up starts at 7:30 from Hotel / Resort in Karon, Kata, Rawai or Nai Harn by minibus (meeting time at the harbour of Chalong is 7:50am)
  • 08:00 Departure from Chalong Pier by dive boat
  • 10:00am First dive of the day
  • 11:30am Delicious Thai lunch. The lunch get served in a protected where we have plenty of time to relax, go swimming, sun bathing and chatting with other passionate divers (about 2 hours)
  • 01:00pm Second dive at a different location
  • We will be back at the harobur between 3pm and 4:30pm depending the dive destination.
  • Return to Hotel / Resort by minibus

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
Nai Harn7.30amFREE
Kata Beach7.15amFREE
Karon Beach7.15amFREE
Patong Beach7.15amTHB 500
LocationP/U timePrivate transfer
Phuket Town7.15amTHB 1’200
Cape Panwa7.15amTHB 1’400
Kamala Beach7.00amTHB 1’600
Surin Beach7.00amTHB 1’800
Bangtao7.00amTHB 1’800
Nai Yang6.45amTHB 2’000
Mai Khao6.45amTHB 2’200

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Advanced Open Water Diver Course

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.

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 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.

What do I need to take on the day trip 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 sort of food will be on the day trip?

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

Other options to continue your education in Phuket / Thailand: