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The PADI Advanced Open Water Certification is the next best step for beginner divers looking to grow and expand their diving capabilities and underwater exploration. It comes after the PADI Open Water Course for all the tools you need to master new skills, dive deeper, become a better diver with better qualifications, and feel safer and more confident while underwater.

Throughout the PADI Advanced Open Water Certification course, you’ll practice navigation,and deep diving and make three specialty dives of your choosing – many of our guests choose buoyancy, drift dive, or digital underwater imaging but there are many more available.. The course takes approximately 2-3 days on the liveaboard & upon completion, you’ll be qualified to dive down to depths of 30 metres as opposed to only 18 metres as an open-water diver. Here at Mikumba Diving, we’re delighted to offer the course in both Komodo and Raja Ampat.


Becoming An Advanced Open Water Diver With Mikumba Diving

Divers who have completed their PADI Open Water often ask – what are the requirements for obtaining a PADI Advanced Open Water certification? To become an Advanced open-water diver, all you need to do is sign up for the course with Mikumba Diving and let us know your preferred location – Komodo or Raja Ampat. To learn more, please explore our range of PADI Courses with Mikumba Diving.

Throughout the course, you’ll practice several underwater skills with our professional and experienced PADI instructor. After some skill practice with your instructor, you’ll make five open water dives. There’s no exam because this course is truly about having fun and gaining experience.

This course starts with an eLearning module which you can complete from anywhere at your own time before moving on to the next phase with your instructor. You’ll plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from a long list of Adventure Dives.

There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three for five dives. During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving. The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks, and time.

The other knowledge and skills you get vary with your interest and the adventures you have – photography, buoyancy control, fish identification, drift dives, and many more.  You may be able to get college credit for the Advanced Open Water Diver course.

Here are some interesting points to note before embarking on this course:

  • Time Commitment

PADI eLearning: 6-8 hours

Entire course: 2-3 days

  • Minimum Age

12-14: Junior Advanced Open Water Diver certification

15 and above: Advanced Open Water Diver certification

  • Includes One Deep Dive

12-15 years old: 21-metres deep

15 years or older: 30-metres deep

PADI Advanced? Open Water? Certification In Komodo & Raja Ampat

PADI Advanced

If you’re a diver in Indonesia, there’s nowhere better than Komodo or Raja Ampat for your PADI Advanced Open Water Certification. These two locations are part of the Coral Triangle, home to the highest concentration of incredible marine and coral reef biodiversity in the world.

Komodo National Park

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Komodo National Park encompasses 1,800 square kilometres and 29 islands including Komodo Island, Rinca Island, and Padar Island. Here you’ll find the world’s most beautiful and sought-after marine species such as colourful tropical fish, sharks, turtles, octopuses, and even dolphins. When in season, you may even come face-to-face with manta rays and other marine creatures who live amongst the area’s vibrant coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangroves.

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat is home to the highest concentration of incredible marine and coral reef biodiversity in the world – over 550 different species of corals, 700 types of molluscs, and over 1600 species of reef fish, all in the most beautiful and pristine turquoise water you’ll ever see. Over 75% of the world’s marine species are found here. You could even spot several different shark species, sea stars, eels, sea turtles, manta rays, schooling fish, and reef-building corals. If you’re lucky you might even spot whales and dugongs.


Pursue PADI Certification In Raja Ampat & Komodo With Mikumba Diving

PADI with Mikumba Diving

Get your PADI Advanced Open Water Certification with Mikumba Diving. The course costs IDR 6,900,000 per person (discounts on Liveaboard) and you’ll learn all of the important dive basics, methods, techniques, and skills that you’ll need to pass your PADI open  water certification, with lots of fun and adventure every step of the way. 

Our PADI courses are based out of our Komodo dive centre and our Komodo Liveaboard and from our Raja Ampat location and our Raja Ampat Liveaboard. Our experienced instructors can teach in English, Spanish, Finnish, and French so let us know your preference when booking.

We also offer an eLearning option, which lets you get started immediately on your PADI online scuba programme at your own pace and from wherever you are. This option will reduce the time required to complete the course when you arrive here in Indonesia while maximising your time spent underwater. Contact us to explore all PADI courses and start learning with Mikumba Diving today!