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PADI Avanced Open Water Diver

This is one of the most popular courses going for newly qualified divers. It is important to state that the word ‘Advanced’ doesn’t mean ‘difficult’ but simply advancing-on to the next stage. Some have confused its description as indicating an experienced diver program but the opposite is often true. Essentially, when a student graduates from the Open Water course they will have had pool training and just four dives in the sea. They may continue to build experience in the shallows and in tame conditions but this may be time-consuming and restrictive to some who just want to ‘get out there’ and dive with others who are already enjoying the rewards of the great dive sites around the world.

It goes without saying that we shouldn’t run before we can walk and the Advanced Open Water Course is designed to introduce the student to a wider variety of environmental diving conditions but under the close supervision and guidance of an instructor. There are no exams or long theory and skill sessions but briefings, knowledge reviews and, of course, the actual business of going diving. The Advanced Open Water course comprises of 5 dives, each with a theme to gain knowledge of that particular type of diving. Marketing guru, Mark McCormack, might have called this, ‘What They Don’t Teach You in the Open Water Course’.

Now you may go a little deeper, drift dive in a current, learn more about the undersea environment, navigate underwater and even have the option of diving at night. The course centers not so much on kneeling in the sand and doing skills but on improving your general diving style and buoyancy in conditions outside the training sites where there is more to see. It is a great injection of knowledge and experience and will sharply speed up the process of going from beginner to Advanced level diver.


PADI Speciality Dive Training

There is a short course or program for almost anything you can think to do underwater. And if there isn’t one…we make one! PADI allow the introduction of new courses where there is likely to be a good level of interest. This has happened in the past with the introduction of digital cameras, underwater scooters or distinctive specialties for certain shipwrecks or unusual activities.

The popular ones at the Sinai Blues are:

  • Deep Diver
  • Night Diver
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Nitrox Enriched Air Diver
  • Underwater Photographer
  • Drift Diver

There are around 30 different specialty ratings at the last count but we are a little hard-pushed to complete ‘Ice Diver’ and ‘Altitude Diver’ here in the Egyptian Red Sea! Our instructors hold ratings in most of them so please email if you have a particular preference on the PADI menu of courses to do. You’ll find it under Specialty Training Courses.