PADI Advanced Open Water Course – Which Adventure Dives Should I Do?
Congratulations. You have decided to do your PADI Advanced Open Water course and now you are considering what adventure dives you should do.
Firstly you need to be aware that there two PADI adventure dives which are compulsory to get your PADI Advanced Open Water course. The PADI Deep adventure dive and the PADI Underwater Navigator dive must be completed to become a PADI Advanced Open Water certified diver.
Selection can be important as you PADI Adventure dives will credit you to the corresponding PADI Specialty course. If you are planning to take some PADI Specialty courses in the future then selecting adventure dives that correspond with dives will save you time and money in the future.
For instance The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course is a 4 dive course. Because PADI only allow 3 training dives a day, the course therefore has to be a two day course. If you use the the credit from an adventure dive it will take three dives to finish the course which can effectively be completed in one day.
Both the PADI Deep Diver Specialty and the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty will require three more dives after your PADI Advanced Open Water course to be a specialized divers in those areas.
Here are some of the popular elective dives that you can do.
In Phuket we have scuba diving wrecks at Racha Yai, Phi Phi and of course our most famous one the King Cruiser Wreck. As mentioned above you will only need 3 dives to complete the PADI Wreck Specialty Course.
Peak Performance Buoyancy
The Peak Performance Buoyancy adventure dive is a great scuba dive to select if you are either having trouble with you buoyancy or particularly if you haven’t dived in a while. You would only need one more dive to complete your PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty.
Digital Underwater Imaging
The Digital Underwater Photographer is another popular adventure dive among scuba divers. With the increasing popularity in compact underwater cameras great underwater photo are becoming easier to do. You can use your own camera for this dive or use one of ours. You would only need one more dive to complete your PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty
The PADI Drift dive is a good dive to do if you are considering scuba diving in areas where there are strong currents and or if you are not confident in strong currents. You would only need one more dive to complete your PADI Drift Specialty.
The Fish Identification is a great dive if you are interested in knowing more about the underwater fish and marine life. It is a great way to learn the names of many fish that you will be seeing on your dive. You would only need one more dive to complete your Project Aware Fish Identification Specialty.
Project Aware Shark Conservation
Project Aware Shark Conservation is a fantastic adventure dive to do if you are interested in the plight and the decrease of the worlds shark population. Fascinating reading. You would only need one more dive to complete your Project Aware Shark Conservation Specialty.
The PADI Boat Diver is an interesting way to learn about scuba diving off a boat. You can learn boating terminology about different areas and parts of the scuba diving boats. Did you know that the boats toilet is called the “head”. You would only need one more dive to complete your PADI Boat Specialty.
The Night Adventure dive in a nice introduction into the different marine life that comes out at night. Unfortunately we can not always do night dives in Phuket. It can be done whilst doing a liveaboard scuba diving adventure. The normal day boats do not allow us to do night diving. You would need two more dives to complete your PADI Night Specialty.
There are a number of PADI Adventure Dives we cannot do in Phuket and they include, Dry Suit Diver and Altitude diver.
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