The PADI Advanced Open Water Course builds upon what you learn in the Open Water Course and teaches you what you need to safely dive a little deeper. The depth limit for divers certified through the PADI advanced course is 30 meters, rather than the 18 meters you initially get certified to dive to with the Open Water program of most dive training organisations.
Besides learning about logistical and safety issues with deeper diving, the course also covers underwater navigation in more depth (no pun intended.) Structurally the course consists of five dives – two of which always has to be a deep dive and a navigation dive. The remaining three dives are chosen together with your instructor. When our conservation volunteers go through the program, usually it makes sense to log two of the dives as a Fish ID dive and and an Underwater Naturalist dive, where we try and identify various species around our divesites at Siquijor. The Fish ID dive obviously has a focuses on fish, and the grouping of certain families, tell-tale markings etc, while the naturalist dive focuses on the ecosystems at large and we look at plantlife, invertebrates etc.
If you’re not doing the Advanced Open Water course through our volunteer program, you have more choice in the matter. Amongst other possibilities you can choose between wreck diving, drift diving, night diving and a host of other options. One dive we always try and encourage people to do, when they take their advanced course is the peak performancy buoyancy dive. In it, through various activities and games, you practise your buoyancy, and most people – even experienced divers find they get a lot from it.