Option 1: Nitrox Course R800
As an advanced diver, you will quite often do deeper dives, where your bottom times will be significantly shorter due to no decompression times. Why not do your Nitrox Course, which will enable you to stay down for much longer? Our Nitrox course normally sells for R1200, but if you buy it in a package with our Advanced Course it only costs R800!
Option 2: Extra adventure dives
Want to do more than 5 of these exciting adventures and develop yourself even more as a diver? Talk to us about doing extra adventure dives!
Participants in this course must:
You need to be reasonably healthy. Please download our medical questionnaire
You've done your PADI Open Water Diver Course and you loved it. Go deeper into this adventure by doing your PADI Advanced Open Water Course! This course, offered by Into the Blue, Cape Town, is tailor made for the adventurous scuba diver at heart.
This is where you start to specialise in the other exciting types of scuba diving which will allow you to dive on wrecks, at night, to depth of up to 30 meters, with a dry suit and even teach you how to take awesome photos underwater.
The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Certification is awarded for doing 5 “Adventure” scuba dives, of which one needs to deeper than 18 metres and the other needs to be an Underwater Navigation dive.
Please note that although we do up to 5 “adventure” dives, the course material and dives that we cover in this course, are not as in-depth as the Speciality Dives. In other words when we teach you Underwater Navigation in this course, there is still much more that you could learn by doing a dedicated Underwater Navigation Specialty Course.
We meet each morning at the Into the Blue shop in Cape Town as our central starting point. Here we do registration, theory and we also get your scuba equipment. Meeting times are normally at 09:15, but could change if we are do any boat dives. You can expect to be finished between 3 and 6 in the afternoon, depending on where we are diving on the day.
There are knowledge reviews to be done as homework, which we will mark and review with you. There is no exam for the advanced certification. This course is also available on e-learning, which is a great option if you are pressed for time, or do not want to be doing theory homework while you are on holiday in Cape Town. If you decide to do e-learning, you get a R500 discount off the normal course price, but please note that you will not be receiving a crew pack in this case and that there is a fee payable to PADI. If you would like to sign up for e-learning, please click here.
When you do your Advanced Open Water Scuba Course at Into the Blue in Cape Town, you have to do 5 “adventure” dives. This is usually done over 2 to 3 days, but these days do not need to be consecutively.
You can choose out of the following types of dives:
The Deep and the Underwater Navigation Dives are compulsory, which leaves you with 3 more to choose from for your PADI Advanced Certification. If you would like to do more than 5 Adventure dives, talk to us about it, it can be arranged!
Why would I want to dive deeper than 18 meters?
Although there are a lot of pretty things to be seen above 18 meters, it often happens that a reef or wreck worth visiting is lying a little bit deeper than 18 meters. Your Advanced Course allows you to dive down to 30 meters, which allows you to visit to a lot more dive sites!
Is there anything to see at night?
Just as on land, some animals go to sleep at night while others come out. You can quite often see animals underwater at night that you have never seen before!
I want to do a dry suit dive – can I rent one from Into the Blue?
We do have a limited number of dry suits for rent – whether we have one that will fit you depends on your size. The best is to come in before your course, so that we can fit one to see if we can help you out.
Where do I get a MPA permit?
Temporary MPA permits can be obtained at Into the Blue Scuba Centre for R45 (valid for one month), or yearly ones can be obtained from a Post Office at a cost of R102.
Which course is next?
There are many options! You should consider doing your Rescue Course, which teaches you what to do in emergency situations, and you can specialise in the types of diving that really interests you – such as Wreck diving, Deep diving, or Underwater Photography.