The Adventure Diver course gets you one step closer to the Advanced certification because the training introduces you to new scuba skills and equipment.
This section explains how you can continue your dive education beyond Open Water Diver through the Adventures in Diving program.
So, you got the entry level certification and now you're feeling a little 'adventurous'?
You will need to complete three (3) adventure dives to get this certification.
But, the training is going to improve your diving ability and confidence underwater.
Furthermore, you can credit each core dive towards Advanced Open Water Diver or corresponding Specialties.
Note: Do you have some free time to learn more about the safety aspects of scuba diving? If so, head over to the Frequently Asked Questions section where our experts give detailed advice - especially for beginners.
The list of scuba activities that you can take through this subset program is one of the main benefits for becoming a PADI Adventure Diver. For example, you can learn more about:
The Adventure Diver certification offers you the ideal opportunity to train alongside a scuba instructor for a day of diving. So, you get to choose what kind of diving interests you the most.
As a result, you may be able to get credit for each training dive that you complete. Likewise, you may earn credit for an Adventure Dive if you already completed one of the PADI Specialty Diver courses.
Also, PADI Open Water Divers and Junior Open Water Divers can enrol in the Adventure Diver course. But, certain depth limits and age restrictions exist for young children.
Important: You must also have no medical contraindications to scuba diving. Thus, most divers will need to sign the RSTC Medical Statement before performing any in-water training activities.
In general, the modules do not require long classroom sessions, video presentations, pool skills practice, or a final exam. Hence, the lessons combine underwater training with three exciting adventure dives.
The PADI Adventure Divers certification is a one day sub-course. But, it is possible to complete the Advanced Open Water Diver assignments in two (2) days of diving.
We include the reference materials and the dive gear needed to complete the course in the price. Even so, you can buy extra manuals and scuba gear and accessories from the dive store in Pattaya, Thailand.
You will be making three (3) specialised adventure dives and performing specific underwater activities. So, you will be practicing with different types of specialty dive gear, such as:
The PADI PDF e-manual contains interactive lessons that you can use in the Adventure Diver eLearning process.
Some of the most popular dives that you can study online from the full list of PADI specialty courses, include:
The five dives required to complete the course training must include a deep dive (e.g. below 18 metres), a navigation dive, and three elected specialty dives.
Having a core deep dive means divers need to be at least fifteen years of age to earn the Advanced Open Water Diver certification. But, divers aged twelve to fourteen can earn PADI Junior Advanced Open Water rating instead.
Important: Children aged ten and eleven can continue their diving activities through the Junior Adventure Diver program. They can complete the deep dive when they reach the age of twelve. After turning fifteen, Junior Advanced Open Water Divers will become Advanced Open Water Divers by automatic process.
Your instructor will conduct five knowledge reviews (one for each dive) before you complete the associated training dives.
So, most divers will be able to get the Advanced Diver rating in two days - if you complete three dives in one day.
Thirty metres (100 feet) is the maximum depth limit allowed for PADI Adventure Divers.
Even so, your age, local regulations, and the dive site depths may restrict your personal limits.
The scuba diving buddy system is a safety rule that pairs two or more divers together. Moreover, the group should also perform the standardised pre-dive safety checks (BWRAF) before entering the water.
Nonetheless, PADI does consent to a type of 'solo diving' through the Self-Reliant Diver certification course, which is available in Pattaya, Thailand.
Divers share a common responsibility to protect and conserve nature. As a result, interacting passively with aquatic animals helps to safeguard delicate and sensitive sea life.
A certain level of well-being and general fitness is needed to carry out scuba activities. Thus, you may need to get written approval from a physician before you go diving.
You can download the online version of the Diver Medical Participant Questionnaire to check if your current medical status will require a physician's approval.
Note: You should not ask dive staff (e.g. divemasters, instructors) for medical advice and clearance to go diving. Instead, you can contact the Divers Alert Network (DAN) if you have questions about your medical fitness to dive.
So, now you may be wondering what comes next for Adventure Divers? You will start to focus on how to anticipate and prevent common diver errors that beginners make.
Here's the best part:
A benefit of adventure dive training is being able to credit it towards specialty certifications. For example, you enjoyed the nitrox adventure so much that you want to take the Enriched Air specialty course. Thus, you can credit it to the first dive of that specialty.
In simple terms, we believe the advanced scuba certificate you earned is 'your licence to learn' about other diving techniques and skills, such as:
Other advantages of having an advanced scuba certification include being able to make deeper dives in less than optimum conditions, such as to:
After the Adventure Diver certification, you may only need two (2) more specialty dives to get certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (if they include deep and navigation).
Note: You can get access to the best dive sites around the world with a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certificate. It is also the minimum level of certification required to participate in liveaboard diving trips in Thailand.
Note: A short video [2:03 seconds] presented by PADI outlines what to expect when taking the Adventure Diver course. Click here to contact Private Scuba in Pattaya, Thailand.