The Advanced Open Water course is the important first step in continuing your dive education. It is designed to give the newly certified or not so experienced diver added confidence and enjoyment in their diving through additional skills and training. The prerequisite for this course is a PADI Open Water certificate or equivalent to another training agency.
The combo is run in conjunction with our 3 days 2-night dive trip and consists of theory and training dives. It can all be easily completed onboard as there are no formal classrooms or pool training sessions involved with either course. The required theory involves reading the PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) Course and the Advanced Open Water manuals and completing the relevant knowledge reviews before the five training dives. You will have plenty of free time to work on your knowledge reviews on the initial trip out to the reef.
Nitrox is the enriched air of nitrogen/oxygen mix that has a greater percentage of oxygen and a lesser percentage of nitrogen in it than normal air which means safer diving and potentially longer bottom times due to reduced nitrogen absorption. Enriched Air diving is ideal when doing multiple dives over multiple days like on our 3-day dive trip. In the combo course, we combine the enriched air training dives with the Advanced Open water training dives.
The trip schedule allows for a total of 11 dives with 5 of these dedicated to training. The remaining 6 are recreational dives for divers to explore and enjoy the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. The 5 training dives consist of Deep, Underwater Navigation Night Dive. The remaining dives are a choice of Underwater Naturalist, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Boat Diving or Underwater Photography.