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Advanced Course

PADI Advanced Diver course Malapascua

Now that you know how to dive the fun can really begin!

The PADI Advanced Open Water Course takes a minimum of only two days to complete, consisting of five Adventure Dives.

Use PADI’s flexible Adventures in Diving program to delve for the first time into intriguing new diving activities. The program is made up of single Adventure Dives, each covering something different, which you can take alone or take several to get a certification (three for “Adventure Diver” and five for “Advanced Open Water”.) 

During these dives you will explore more specialized forms of diving and develop your skills. Classroom lesson time and studying is minimal so you can spend more time diving.

Choose from a variety of dives including the most popular:

And if it has been a while since your last dive, we include a basic refresher for free at the start of your first dive.  Find out more about these options by reading more on the corresponding PADI Specialty Courses.


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What will my course be like?

Doing the Advanced on malapascua

Our wide variety of dive sites and varied marine life makes Malapascua Island the perfect place to do the themed dives of the AOW. And you will do our famous thresher shark dive on at least one of the dives, often more if you wish. 

diving safety

At Thresher Shark Divers we take your safety very seriously.

We make every effort to ensure you have as much fun as possible, your safety and good health are our main priorities.  Find more info on safety and insurance HERE.

Course Overview

Advanced Course with Thresher Shark Divers Malapascua

Complete five adventure dives and become a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver! 

We will do Deep and Navigation dives, and you can choose another three exciting Adventure Dives; we highly recommend Buoyancy especially if you have not done many dives, as well as Night. You can find a full overview by viewing the corresponding specialty course.

Typically you will complete these dives over two or three days, but take as long as you like. Usually at least two of your dives are at Monad Shoal, home to our famous thresher sharks!

We encourage you to do the reading in advance with PADI’s online manuals.

Find out more from the PADI website.

Not enough time for the full course? 
But still want to dive with the thresher sharks?

No problem!

Adventure DEEP DIve

If you don’t want to do a certification course, don’t worry. You can still do as many Adventure Dives as you like. 

With each complete Adventure Dive you earn credit towards your Advanced Open Water Diver and Adventure Diver certification. A great example is doing the Deep on the thresher shark dive. If you enjoy the dives and want to pursue any of these activities further, each Adventure Dive can also be credited towards a Specialty course.

adventure diver

Haven’t the time to complete the Advanced course?

Or do you just want to get a taste for it?

The Adventure Diver certification is perfect for you. Enjoy a sample of adventure dives – three new exciting activities under the guidance of a PADI instructor.

Use these dives as credit towards your Advanced Open Water Diver course which you can complete at any time at any PADI location around the world.

Enriched Air Nitrox Combination

A very common option is to combine your Advanced Open Water course with PADI’s most popular Specialty Course – Enriched Air Nitrox. This way you save time and money and come away with two of PADI’s most sought after certifications.


You need to be a PADI Open Water Diver (or equivalant) and in a normal good health. You can check out the PADI Dive Medical Form.

Your last dive should not be more than six months ago.  If this is the case, we will evaluate you, and either include a basic refresher at the start of your first dive, or arrange a 1/2 day full Refresher Course to familiarize yourself again with the equipment, a theory recap and confined water skills. Your confidence will be back in no time and you will have much more fun and no stress!

Your Instructors

divers Malapascua Island

Our PADI diving instructors have been though a rigorous training program and each has many years of teaching experience with hundreds of students.

We take great pride in teaching students of any level. Diving lessons are almost always one-on-one, and there will usually be an assistant as well. So you will get individual attention and diving instruction will go at your own pace.
You can be assured that with us, you will have only the best: top quality service, unrivalled professionalism and a safe and most of all fun diving vacation from start to finish!


Malapascua Island Rescue diver course

Once you are an Advanced Open Water Diver, your next step is the PADI Rescue Diver course!