Advanced Open Water Standard


A little bit of homework –  a lot of fun

You don’t mind reading the 5 chapters of your adventure dives while laying on the beach? Then the standard option of the PADI Advanced Open Water Course is the way to go! There are no quizzes or exams, only the knowledge reviews need to be completed and corrected together with your Instructor. The rest of the 2 days will be filled with the 5 exciting adventure dives you’ve chosen.

PADI Advanced Open Water Course Schedule

2 1/2 days to gain your certification

The standard version of the PADI Advanced Open Water course takes only 2 1/2 days and includes academic sessions with your PADI Instructor, a little bit of homework and 5 adventure dives of your choice.

Anytime | Orientation: After you checked in, one of our Instructors will complete all the necessary paperwork with you and hand you the PADI materials you will be using the next few days. After discussing which adventure dives you wish to choose, you will also receive the knowledge reviews to the according chapters – your homework for the next days.

Homework | Complete the knowledge reviews for your first 3 adventure dives.

08:30 to 17:00 | Meet your Instructor at the dive centre, correct your homework and discuss all the questions you may have. After a lunch break you join our afternoon boat trip for the first two adventure dives, usually the navigation and peak performance buoyancy dives.

17:45 to 20:00 | Optional night dive: If you wish to do the night dive it will be either on day 1 or day 2, depending on our boat schedule. Head out just as the sun is disappearing in the ocean and experience diving in a new, exciting way.

Homework | Complete the last two knowledge reviews

05:45 to 11:00 | Get ready early in the morning for your next two adventure dives. Enjoy a coffee and some toast on our boat while the sun rises over Koh Tao. Your first adventure dive will be the deep dive, to a maximum of 30 metres. The second dive could be the wreck dive or any other adventure dive you’ve chosen. In case you did not finish the academic session on the day before, your Instructor will go through the rest of the knowledge reviews with you after you come back from the dives.

17:45 to 20:00 | Optional night dive: If not done on day 1 you will join or night boat on day 2.

Choose your 5 adventure dives

Deep Dive (mandatory)

Underwater Navigation (mandatory)

Peak Performance Buoyancy (recommended)

Night Dive (recommended)

Wreck Dive (popular choice)

Search And Recovery

Diver Propulsion Vehicle

Fish Identification

Underwater Naturalist



 To participate in the PADI Advanced Open Water Course you need to hold the PADI Open Water certification or equivalent of another training organisation. Don’t forget to bring your certification card with you!


 To get PADI Advanced Open Water certified to 30 metres you need to be 15 years of age or older. 12 – 14 year old divers may become Junior Advanced Open Water divers, certified to 21 metres maximum depth. For younger divers have a look at our youth programs.


 Please bring your logbook or personal dive computer as proof of your last dive. To ensure your safety underwater anyone who has not been diving for 12 months or longer is required to refresh their scuba skills and dive theory knowledge. The PADI ReActivate offers great value for money. We also offer the option of a scuba refresher in the swimming pool if you are short on time. This can be done on day 1 of your Advanced Open Water course.


 Please read the Medical Questionnaire carefully. The purpose of this form is to find out if you should be examined by a doctor before participating in diver training. A positive response to a question does not necessarily disqualify you from diving. A positive response means that there is a preexisting condition that may affect your safety while diving and you must seek the advice of your physician prior to engaging in dive activities. As not all conditions can be cleared on Koh Tao we strongly recommend to see a physician prior to your arrival.


Everything you need for your course
  • All PADI materials
  • Genuine PADI course in a PADI 5* IDC Resort
  • 3 nights discounted accommodation
  • 5 Adventure Dives
  • Full rental dive gear incl. wet suit and dive computer
  • Diving insurance coverage
And more
  • Refreshments on the boat (coffee, tea, water, cookies, fresh fruit)
  • Shuttle service from/to the pier in Koh Tao
  • Free WiFi
  • Total Price

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After your PADI Advanced Open Water Course…