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News Roundup 14/12/2018: 5 Spaces Left on Diving Trip to Egypt!

Only 5 Spaces Left on Diving Trip to Egypt! 

Diving, Underwater, Water, Fish, Yellow

If you have always wanted to go diving in Egypt and explore the Red Sea, among other incredible dive locations, now if your chance! In February 2019, Oyster Diving are taking a team of people out to Egypt for the diving trip of a lifetime and we have 5 spaces left!…read more

Get Your Free Dive Mask and Snorkel Today 

Diving Mask, Glasses, Diving, Mirroring

Here at Oyster Diving we provide all our customers with the opportunity to win a free dive mask and snorkel worth £70! All you have to do is sign up to one of our PADI Open Water Dive Courses…read more 

Mission Blue Hope Spot: Guanahacabibes, Cuba

Cuba, Oltimer, Havana, Old Car, Classic

Cuba’s Guanahacabibes National Park, encompassing the Maria La Gorda area, has officially been recognized as a Mission Blue Hope Spot. Led by world-renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue inspires action to explore and protect the ocean. At the heart of Mission Blue is a global campaign to build public support … read more

Ghost Fishing During the UK Winter

Whitby, Goth, Gothic, Dracula, West Pier

Tickets Still Available for Ghost Fishing UK’s Winter Warmer Join the Ghost Fishing UK team for a weekend of diving and socials, 5 to 6 January 2019 at the National Diving & Activity Centre in Chepstow, Included in the price of the tickets are: Ghost Gear retrieval taster workshops … read more

Brother Islands Closed After Oceanic Incidents

Jeju Island, Waves, The Brothers Island

Brothers Islands Closed for Diving After Divers Bitten by Oceanic Whitetips By Mark ‘Crowley’ Russell The Brothers Islands in the Red Sea have been closed to divers ‘for the rest of the year’ following a series of injuries to divers resulting from interactions with oceanic whitetip sharks. There have … read more

WPY Lumix People’s Choice Award

Grey Seal, Crawl, Animal, Sea Animal

Wildlife Photographer of the Year launches LUMIX People’s Choice Award Curious Encounter by Cristobal Serrano, Spain DIVE Report The public can now have their say in the Natural History Museum’s world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition by voting for the winner of the LUMIX People’s Choice Award. Newly … read more

Brian Skerry: The Evolution of an Underwater Explorer

Sea, Scuba Diving, Ocean, Water, Light

It began in his New England backyard beach. “My parents always took me to the beach,” Brian Skerry says. “I remember coming home sunburned, salty, and tired, but having a sense of peace. I remember wondering what lies beneath the oceans. I still wonder.” That wonder, the “notion of mystery … read more

Join PADI at BOOT 2019!

Diver, Scuba, Underwater, Ocean, Sea

Once again, PADI will be exhibiting at BOOT, taking place at Messe Dusseldorf from Saturday 19th – Sunday 27th January. We invite you, your diving and your non-diving friends to visit us at the PADI Village where PADI staff will be on hand to have a friendly chat, demonstrate all … read more

News Roundup 07/12/2018: 12 Days of Scuba Contest 2018

12 Days of Scuba Contest 2018

Scuba Diver, Diver, Diving, Underwater

With the 2018 holiday season upon us, PADI is excited to officially announce our 12 Days of Scuba Contest. From December 3rd to 14th, we invite our global PADI community to participate in daily online challenges for the chance to win spectacular prizes. As detailed below, each daily challenge will … read more

Are you Brave Enough to try Cold-Water Freediving? 3 Locations that’ll Tempt you In

Snorkeling, Snorkelling, Diving

Written by Sarah Russell Cold-water freediving, or ice diving has got to be an activity reserved only for the bravest of souls. Plunging into sub zero temperatures and exploring the icy depths may well seem like a mad idea for most, but the beauty and wonder that awaits the intrepid … read more

Mission Blue Hope Spot: Guanahacabibes, Cuba

Cuba, Oltimer, Havana, Old Car, Classic

Cuba’s Guanahacabibes National Park, encompassing the Maria La Gorda area, has officially been recognized as a Mission Blue Hope Spot. Led by world-renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue inspires action to explore and protect the ocean. At the heart of Mission Blue is a global campaign to build public support … read more

JOHN WOMACK SENIOR PASSES AWAY

Divers, Scuba, Reef, Underwater, Sea

Industry Leading Drysuit Manufacturer John Womack Passes Away DIVE Report The diving world this week mourns the loss of John Womack senior, founder of Otter Watersports and a leading name of the UK’s dive community, who passed away in the early hours of Friday, 30 November following a long illness. Womack, … read more

Brian Skerry: The Evolution of an Underwater Explorer

Underwater, Swimming, Diving, Water

It began in his New England backyard beach. “My parents always took me to the beach,” Brian Skerry says. “I remember coming home sunburned, salty, and tired, but having a sense of peace. I remember wondering what lies beneath the oceans. I still wonder.” That wonder, the “notion of mystery … read more

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News Roundup 30/11/2018: 6 Must-See Dive Sites in Oahu

6 Must-See Dive Sites in Oahu

Hawaii Oahu Beach Ocean Sea Outdoor Tropic

With more than 40 named sites, Oahu definitely delivers when it comes to diving—so much so that it can be a challenge to know where to begin. Sound like a lot? Start with these six must-see dive sites. YO-257 One of the most popular dives on Oahu, this upright ship … read more

Watermorphosis: An interview with freediver and choreographer Sophie Henricksson

Sunrise Hawaii Ocean Sea Seascape Beach Ha

You may have seen the film, Watermorphosis, on our social media channels. With it’s different approach and integration of artistic expression in the telling of the plastic pollution problem facing the world we were captivated. Here, we speak to choreographer, Sophie Henricksson on how freediving played an integral role in … read more

Maui’s Olowalu Reef is First Hawaiian Mission Blue Hope Spot

Honolulu, Hawaii, Pacific, Beach, Ocean

Olowalu Reef has long been considered Maui’s ‘crown jewel’ and one of the Hawaiian Island’s greatest treasures. Located on the west side of the island of Maui, this one thousand acre coral reef is home to an incredible diversity of marine life including large populations of manta rays, sea turtles, … read more

SAVE ON SCUBAPRO GEAR THIS CHRISTMAS

Beach Flippers Scuba Gear Scuba Swimming S

Scubapro Offers Festive Discounts on Favourite Gear With the festive season fast approaching, Scubapro is offering some great deals for anybody who hasn’t yet found a gift for their favourite buddy, with a total saving of £449 across all three special offers: Free R195 Octopus with purchasing the MK25 … read more

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News Roundup 23/11/2018: Boracay Island, Philippines Has Reopened for Diving

Boracay Island, Philippines Has Reopened for Diving

Philippines, Beach, Boracay

In April 2018, the Philippines Government decided that they were closing one of their most visited islands, Boracay, for 6 months. The decision was made to allow time for infrastructure to improve and most importantly, to develop a new and more efficient waste water treatment. With more than 2 million … read more

7 Ways to Get More Out of Your Action Camera

Dive Camera

Written by Chris Hailey – Underwater Videographer and PADI Regional Manager of New Zealand & Fiji Do you own an action camera but somehow still can’t capture the perfect underwater photo? Or are you an aspiring underwater photographer wanting to learn all the tips and tricks to get started? Whether … read more

PADI 5 Star Diving in Sydney

Diving in Sydney, Sydney Opera House

Sydney may be world renowned for its Opera House and Harbour Bridge, however it’s also home to great diving experiences accessible all year round. It’s not only a beautiful destination to tick off your bucket list but also the perfect place to learn to dive. The diving in Sydney is … read more

FANTASEA-AOI UCL-900F SUPER MACRO WET LENS

Underwater Photography

Fantasea and AOI Introduce the UCL-900F +15 Super Macro Wet Lens The new Fantasea-AOI UCL-900F is a 67mm threaded super macro wet lens, compatible with many housings available on the market. Five multi-layered precision optic elements (organized in two groups) are mounted into a durable aluminium alloy barrel with … read more

Diving on a budget in Hawaii

Diving in Hawaii, Hawaiian Coastline

At first glance, Hawaii is not exactly a budget diving destination. Diving in Molokini half-submerged volcano crater in Mauior night diving with manta rays in Kona will cost you around 170 $. These are incredible experiences and are well worth the money. However, once you have paid for these, you … read more

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What’s the Difference Between PADI Open Water Diver and Advanced Open Water?

In comparison to open water diving, advanced open water diving is a PADI course you can take after completing the PADI Open Water Diver Certification. The advanced open water diver course takes your diving knowledge and skills to the next level.

Learn how to grow in confidence under the water, develop your scuba skills, and expand your knowledge, the advanced open water course is the next level in your diving advancement. If you want to develop your diving skills and take your learning to the next level, the advanced open water course is just what you’ve been looking for. 

What Happens on an Advanced Course?

On the PADI Advanced Open Water Course, the diver has to partake in five different Adventure dives, each of which concentrates on a particular dive skill or activity. Of the five different training dives you will complete on the advanced open water dive, the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive and the Deep Adventure Dive are both mandatory.

The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive helps you practice your navigation skills underwater while diving so that you can safely explore. The Deep Adventure Dive teaches divers to dive to depths between 18-30 metres or 60-100 feet. Both of these mandatory training dives teach you invaluable skills and help advance your diving. 

The remaining three dives, you get to choose what interests you most and learn more about it. Depending on local conditions and dive sites, you can choose your remaining three elective dives from the following list:

– Fish ID
– Drift diver
– Digital underwater photographer
– Boat diver
– Multilevel and computer
– Enriched air (requires an additional manual)
– Peak performance buoyancy
– Night diver
– Search and recovery
– Surface maker buoyancy
– Wreck
– Underwater naturalist

Why Take the Advanced Open Water Course?

There are many reasons why divers choose to take the advanced open water course; you will gain more experience as a diver while under the supervision of an instructor. During the advanced open water course, you can log your dives and develop your capabilities during fun scuba diver training lessons.

The course provides you with a safe space in which to sample different diving specialities, learn new skills, grow in confidence, and try something new to see what interests you the most. If you want to further your diving skills, the advanced open water dive course could be just right for you. 

Do You Need Equipment for The Advanced Dive Course?

When taking the advanced open water dive course, there are a number of equipment items you need. Beyond the basic scuba diving equipment, you will need the following items:

– Dive knife
– Dry suit
– Dive light
– Lift bag
– Underwater compass

Depending on which dive adventure you choose, you may also need underwater photography equipment or other specialist gear. Your instructor will go through the equipment you will need for each of the dive courses so that you’re properly prepared for each training lesson. They will also suggest any additional gear needed and ensure you are properly prepared with all the equipment you need.

What You Will Learn

The PADI Advanced Open Water Course teaches you a range of skills, including:

– The psychological effects of deep scuba diving
– How to make better use of your dive computer
– The practical aspects of diving
– How to navigate using visual landmarks, time, and kick-cycles
– The practical aspects of diving

On the advanced open water course, you will learn how to become a more well-rounded diver, you will be able to extend your depth limits, improve your dive skills, and learn underwater navigation. There are so many skills you can learn as a diver and the advanced course simply takes you to the next level. What’s more, it’s also a great opportunity to try something new, such as underwater photography or night diving.

How Long Does the Advanced Course Take?

One of the most common questions we get asked, regarding the advanced open water course, is how long will it take? One of the many great things about this course is that it can typically be completed in just two days, that is if you dedicate yourself to a few hours study in advance. But if you’re committed and put in the work, you will be able to complete the course in just two days and get on with enjoying what advanced diving has to offer.

What Do You Achieve?

Once you have successfully completed the advanced open water course, you will be able to:

– Dive down to a maximum of 30 metres
– Understand how to navigate underwater

Like many other divers who have completed the course, you will leave feeling more comfortable in the water, more confident in your own ability, and see an improvement in your buoyancy control.

Where You Can Sign Up

If you’re interested in taking the PADI Advanced Open Water course, you can sign up with Oyster Diving. We offer one advanced course every month and it only takes one weekend to complete the five adventure dives we offer! For more details, you can visit our Advanced Open Water Page and book your place on the next course today.

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