Improve upon your scuba diving foundation and learn new dive skills to advance your open water certification. The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course (AOWDC) allows students to experience new diving adventures and learn new underwater skills. It adds multiple dimensions to what a diver can do and extends the boundaries of scuba diving - such as diving at night or going deeper than 18 metres.

The course requires students to complete 5 different adventure dives (Deep diving and Underwater Navigation are compulsory) from a selection. DiveRACE concentrates on a few selected adventure dives to maximise the benefits it brings to the students. We focus largely on improving the buoyancy and finning skills of the students while building up their confidence to become capable divers.

The next step after the basic open water course is the Advanced Open Water Diver Course. This course is highly recommended as it allows divers to dive up to a maximum depth of 40m and experience new types of diving! Definitely suitable for those who love scuba diving and want to take the next step in more exploration.

The Advanced Open Water Diver Course (AOWDC) can be done on board during any trip. Your instructor will go through the theoretical portion, with the knowledge reviews in the manual, and then work on the practical skills during the dives. Important tips and knowledge would be imparted during the course and students get to work on their scuba diving skills foundation such as SMB deployment and peak performance buoyancy. This is extremely important in developing a competent diver with good risk management and situational awareness.

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Price: 350SGD per pax
Max Class Size: 6 pax


  • 1Minimum age 15 years old
  • 2Must be medically fit (link to medical statement form)
  • 3Must be certified as an Open Water Diver or similar

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Your passport to the open water world

Course Process

Advanced Open Water Diver Course Theory Session
4 hours theory on board during trip
4 hours
Advanced Open Water Diver Course Pool Session
No Pool session
Advanced Open Water Diver Course Open Water Session
Any trip on board

Course Content

Participants will undergo five different adventure dives during the Advanced Open Water Diver Course, mainly - Deep Diving, Underwater Navigation, Night Diving, Peak Performance Buoyancy and Fish Identification. There are many other adventure dives but we concentrate on these 5 as they give the best value for the common diver.

Deep Diving - Understand and manage the risk involved with diving deeper. Loss of vibrant colours as light is absorbed and using air faster are examples of the effect of deep diving.

Underwater Navigation - Learn how to utilise a compass and natural reef to navigate confidently underwater. Always know where you are going and how to return safely.

Night Diving - Scuba diving at a reef at night is a completely new experience due to the limited visibility. Participants get to use a waterproof torch and learn skills related to diving at night!

Peak Performance Buoyancy - The most important skill that a diver should have. Having good control over your buoyancy during the dive makes scuba diving safe and fun. It saves energy and allows divers to protect themselves and the fragile marine environment.

Fish Identification - Divers should know what they are looking for or at! Fish ID teaches divers how to identify marine life accurately via distinctive physical traits. Understanding habitats of marine life and symbiotic relationships increases the chances of sighting rare marine creatures!

What’s included in the Advanced Open Water Diver Course


PADI Course Manual


Qualified Professional Instruction


UW Compass Rental


UW Torch Rental


Dive Computer Rental


Surface Marker Buoy (SMB) Rental


Certification (all course requirements must be achieved)

What’s excluded in the Advanced Open Water Diver Course


LOB trip on MV DiveRACE Class E


Travel Insurance

Of course there’s much more!
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Common Questions about Advanced Open Water Diver Course

Deep diving and Underwater Navigation are compulsory adventures to do for the Advanced Open Water Diver Course (AOWDC). For the other 3, We usually do Peak Performance Buoyancy, Night Diving and Fish ID and these are highly recommended.

Unfortunately no. The PADI EAN Course is a specialty course by itself and require a test for assessment. See here

We will require a minimum of 2 pax to start the advanced open water diver course. If not possible, we will do our best to find another student to join. We can also conduct the course 1 to 1 for an additional fee.

Yes it would be possible to complete the remaining adventure dives you need to be certified as an Advanced Open Water Diver. However, our prices are fixed for the course, no matter the number of adventure dives you choose to do.

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See what our past students say about our course!

Did a 4 nights/5 days liveaboard on DiveRace and couldn't ask for more! Very good service (with special mention for the food!), professional crew (always helpful) and incredible dives (such as Richelieau Rock and Tachau Pinnacle). Strongly recommended!
Gregorio C.
11:56 29 Jan 22
Great boat, very clean comfortable and modern. The staff are eager to please. The food is above and beyond what you would get anywhere else. For what you get, this is a bargain. Also, there's diving 🙂
Jeff H.
14:23 27 Dec 21
The trip was well managed and properly organised, Eric Grenier is a great dive instructor
Vladimir L.
07:04 14 Jan 22
Wow what an amazing trip, made truly special by Eric and his team on what is a beautifully appointed dive boat fitted for diving and having fun. Amazing diving with experience dive guide/instructors that have a passion for the environment and no where to find some amazing things below. Will come back again.
05:30 10 May 22
Last week, I've enjoyed DiveRACE Similan liveaboard trip with my wife through BLUE dive center(Instructor MJ).DiveRACE was so clean because it has recently renovated. And the crew of this boat was so friendly. Additionally, the cook served high quality food.I was really suprised for the quality of this liveaboard trip. I'd like to express my gratitude to MJ and the crew of DiveRACE.
13:29 09 Jan 22
2nd time with DiveRace in the Similans. Dive Instructor 'It' was fantastic, meals were gourmet excellence, service from the crew and cleanliness all throughout the craft makes it the obvious choice for your Similans and Surin National Park LOB choice.Thanks Lionel and Eric and all the team for making it happen again! Choose DiveRACE, you're not going to regret it.To many more! 🐟🐠🐡🐙🦈🐚🍻
Joshua C.
16:15 03 Apr 22
I definitely recommend it
Paulina G.
15:11 24 Mar 22
One of the best dive trips to the Similan Islands. Perfect weather added to the serenity. The French Instructors were respectful and safety conscious at all times. Food was restaurant quality.
Edward N.
01:21 05 Nov 17
Been onboard a couple of times and it's the best LOB experience I have come to enjoy immensely. The diving were fantastic. The DMs are experienced and safety comes above all else. A quality that should never be ovelooked. Professional but also friendly and a joy to be with. The boat crew are always around with a smile and ready to help too!It's a sweet luxury that every cabin comes with an ensuite bathroom. You get to enjoy hot showers with good water pressure after every single dive. Ohh and let me add how comfortable the beds were. Actual bed with proper mattress and pillows.I also appreciate that the crew cleans the private and common areas daily, keeping the cleanliness level up there for the entire trip.One more thing to praise about is the food. You will never go hungry onboard MV DiveRace. All you have to do is sit down and start enjoying the delicious food.Tip: Explore the boat and enjoy the sundeck when you're not diving!All in all, always looking forward to my next trip with DiveRace!!
16:35 18 Jun 19
trip was awesome
ComnetSolutions Pte L.
07:17 17 Sep 19
Enjoyed our trip 29 april to 2 may. Did 11 dives . Eric - our Cruise and dive director took care of all the details - all the crew were friendly and all helped out in various tasks to make our LOB memorable. The dive sites were interesting and we had good safe dives. As it was end of the dive season, the visibility was not as good - and gives us a reason to go back to Similan with DiveRACE again … hopefully in Dec 2022
ChingHong K.
03:21 05 May 22
I definitely recommend this Boat !!
Krzysztof W.
15:12 24 Mar 22
29 Apr to 2 May 22 - LOB Similan. Total 11 dives. Kudos to Eric (cruise director) and the entire DR crew for making the dives interesting, enjoyable and safe. Comfortable boat, delicious food and well organised dives. Thanks DR crew! Looking forward to be onboard again at the end of this year.
Khee Sern K.
09:58 08 May 22
DiveRace was a great experience from the accommodation, service and especially the food.The room and bed are quite spacious compare other LOB. It equipped with 5 inch mattress and comes with a comforter plus 2 pillows! They have twin sharing and quad sharing. Twin sharing suit couples as your mattress can be joint as one. Shower gel and shampoo were provided with 2 towels (1 for shower and 1 for diving). Diving towel was coded so you won’t mixed up with others and end up wiping others smell on your face.My trip has 1:4 ration of Dive Master to Diver. Vincent was my DM. He’s one of the best DM I had. Responsible but come with sense of humour. He’s extremely good in spotting marine sea life even down to a shrimp as small as a grain size. He will ensure we get the best dive every dive. He’s funny and knowledgeable. He’s kind of shy and quiet but once you get him talking, he will share lots of knowledge to you.Lastly the food which I didn’t expect it to actually exceeded my expectation and experience. Most LOB will prepare decent food and DiveRace definitely exceed the benchmark. I had different Asian Cruisine on the boat from Tom Yum Gong to Bah Kut Teh to Western Bolognese. We were pampered with delicious food, fresh fruits and importantly they were equipped with automatic espresso machine with fresh coffee beans for your morning caffeine dose.In the end of the trip, the Eric the Boat Manager will have the final debrief by recognising all the boat staff except the boat captain (I wonder where will we end up if the captain also join us) by name. That show how respectful towards the rank and file staff. Well done Eric.I’m extremely satisfied with my trip with DiveRace and I’m looking forward to dive again with them. Hopefully Vincent will still be my next dive DM. Kudos to Vincent and DiveRace.
13:32 17 Jun 19
We had a great time - we have dived with DiveRace a number of times from Singapore (Tioman Malaysia and Anambas Indonesia) but this was first time in Similan Islands leaving from Phuket area. As ever the whole team were tremendous - Ferri was an excellent Dive Leader, Philippe was fun to dive with and Other divers said Mas was too. I think I put on 3KG from all the wonderful food!!! Viz was not the best but all the plankton meant we saw lots of cool stuff - Deep Sea Manta Rays, Sea Horses, Harlequin Shrimp, Octopus, Nudis huge Barracuda and Andaman Anemone Fish (Red with Black spots - not Orange and white) plus many many shoals of reef fish. Whole experience was perfect from start to end and I would recommend DiveRace to anyone looking for a great live aboard experience.
Richard T.
08:09 02 Mar 20