Advanced Open Water Course

IDR 5.400.000

Explore – Experience and Enjoy! This is what the PADI Advanced Open Water Course advanced scuba diving course is all about.  You don’t have to be an advanced diver to take it – the courses are designed to take your diving to the next level. The advanced course helps you to build confidence and skill through five different adventure dives – each one under a different motto.

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2 days – 5 different advanced open water dives around the amazing Gili Islands


Already a diver? Take it to the next level with an advanced course at Divine Divers, your Gili Meno dive center. The Advanced Open Water Diver Course (PADI) runs over two  and is a very practical course. There is no final exam and your main task will be the diving and staring at stunning marine life around the Gili Islands.

The advanced course consists of five adventure dives and it will certify you to dive to 30 meters in the future. Therefore, there is a mandatory deep dive and a mandatory navigation dive – the other dives you can chose based on your interest. After the course you will be able to dive at dive sites or locations that are only accessible for advanced divers.

Since you don’t have to be an advanced diver to take the course, you can complete it directly after Open Water Diver Course. Popular options for the course dives include perfect buoyancy, drift diving, night diving, wreck diving, fish and marine life identification but also photography and videography.

Choose your course dives here 

Continue your exploration, extend your dive time, reduce your air consumption and more! Your instructor will help you of course to find the best dives for your advanced diving course on the Gilis taking in consideration both the conditions and what you’d like to get out of it.


Deep Dive (mandatory)

You will gain the knowledge, skills and techniques needed to conduct dives to 30 meters. You have probably learned about diving physics and physiology during your open water course but deep diving is where it really matters. Therefore your instructor will make sure you aware of pressure, temperature, colours and a potential nitrogen narcosis that might wait for you on your 30 meter dive. Don’t worry though – most people only feel it when they are made aware of it.

For junior divers (until they reach the age of 15 years) the depth is limited to 21 meters.

Navigation Dive (mandatory)

You might not always want to follow a guide or instructor. Therefore the Navigation Dive aims at teaching you advanced skills regarding the planning, organization, procedures, hazards and the joy of underwater navigation.


Peak Performance Buoyancy / PPB (recommended)

Most instructors will highly recommend this dive – probably even as the first dive of your course. We will spend the entire dive with a focus on the breathing, buoyancy, positioning and finning techniques. We can hopefully reduce the amount of weights you dive with but also prolong your overall dive time by improving your air consumption.

Drift Dive (recommended)

The perfect choice for diving on the Gili Islands since most of our dives are conducted as drift dives. Learn techniques on entering the water and diving in a current. You will also learn how to shoot an SMB (or in more correct terms: how to deploy a surface marker).

A drift dive is a fun dive where the aim is to find a strong current to make the best of the learning experience.

Night Dive (recommended)

Some people are really scared of night dives – for others it is the highlight of the course. We at Divine Divers on Gili Meno think it is best to experience your first night dive together with an instructor in a controlled environment.

It is actually most fun to enter the water at twilight to see the change in marine life. The day fish will go to sleep and the night hunters will come out. It is really exciting and you will have your torch (and of course instructor) guide your way.

Wreck Dive (recommended)

Wrecks are cool! They often have a history that can make your imagination run wild and they are extremely exciting to explore. On the Gilis we have two wrecks:

The Glen Nusa is located at Shark Point within recreational diving limits at about 28 meters depth. There is also the Bounty wreck a little south of our house reef on Gili Meno.

The Bounty lies in between 10 to 18 meters. It sank a good few years ago and has beautiful coral growth all over.

Fish Identification (recommended)

A great introduction to some closer encounters with certain fish. For the fish identification dive we will teach you about the most important (tropical) fish families. Even if you are not able to identify each and every fish but you will able to put them into their families which will make it easier to tell them apart.

You will also learn about the symbiosis that some marine life enters – if you are looking for nemo, you will know you’ll have to check anemones and certain crabs can be found on certain parts of other animals (like the little shrimp who lives on the bottom part of sea cucumbers.. :-))


Enriched Air Nitrox

Enjoy a dive on Nitrox. First learn about the basics and then take your first fancy Nitrox tank on a dive. It will allow you to stay at intermediate depth in between 20 and 30 meters longer so you’ll get to stay longer with the fishy action at depth or get to admire a wreck longer. You can easily also include the Nitrox speciality into the course and gain yet another certification.

Photo and Video

The perfect Instagram picture or story video might wait for you underwater. Learn about techniques and skills that you need to take pictures and videos so your underwater footage is more than just a blurry, blue-ish  image of the universe that waits beneath the surface.

Shark Ecology & Conservation

Sharks are more than what Hollywood has been teaching us over the past decades. The shark ecology dive will teach you how to differentiate fiction from reality and the real threats for sharks while being able to observe them in their natural environment

Search and Recovery

This dive is closely related to the rescue diver course and a great preparation for it. You will learn different search patterns to use in various conditions and the proper techniques to lift objects. Maybe it will help you to recover that lost gold of the sunken ship that you will encounter on one of your dives. Ok, maybe also not.. 🙂 It is still a fun dive.

And more

There are also other adventure dives such as boat diving or computer diving which we don’d usually recommend. You will conduct all training dives with a dive computer anyway and all our dives are boat dives, therefore we suggest that you chose adventure dives that actually teach you something new.

Other less popular options include…

  • Dive against Debris (rubbish collection underwater)
  • Underwater Naturalist (no, you don’t have to dive naked)
  • DPV (once we will have one of those fun toys we will let you know)
  • …. and of course ice and dry suit diving.

Because they are less popular it doesn’t mean we don’t offer them. We might just encounter some issues with freezing the ocean and you might suffer a heat stroke in the dry suit.


The course schedule is flexible and we can of course accommodate your personal preferences. It would be great if you could come a day in advance (or contact us digitally) to receive your learning materials and discuss the dives you’d like to do.

At Divine Divers on Gili Meno we usually conduct the course in 2 days which means that on one day you do 2 dives and the other day you will do three dives. If you find that this might be too much, we can easily split the course over 3 days as well.

In general, expect the 2 days of your course to look like this:

Day 1 (08:00 – 13:30)

  • 2 course dives which include the theory and the actual dives. We will aim for the 08:30 am boat and the 11:00 pm boat

Day 2 (08:00 – 19:30)

  • A big day of diving awaits! After two more fun adventure dives during the day we will explore the Gili’s underwater world at night
  • After a dive is before a drink! Time to celebrate!

Details (for those who like to know more)

Would you like to have more information on the advanced course, such as the theory or the open water dives? Or you would like to know what you can do with the advanced open water certification? Then please check our FAQ’s for some more details.

Important to know: Our courses are conducted in accordance with PADI standards.

If you’d like to complete the theory before your arrival online, let us know as well, we will be glad to help you with registering and receiving the theory package.

Continue the Adventure

Yes, there is more and lifelong learning is the key – not just in diving! If you’d like to continue your diving adventure check following options

and many more.. 🙂

Our courses are all-inclusive and you will encounter no hidden costs during your diving journey.

  • Maximum 4 students per course
  • Multilingual instructors
  • Full Equipment including dive computer rental
  • Theory and Learning materials
  • Five adventure dives
  • All boat rides
  • Certification
  • Lots of fun!

Please note, the waters around the Gili Islands have been declared a Marine Park. Therefore a one time Marine Park fee of 100.000 IDR has to be paid by all diving and snorkel tour participants. This fee is NOT included in our prices and has to be paid in cash at our dive center on Gili Meno.

To enrol into the course please check the following:

  • You must be 12 years or older to enrol – if you or your child is below 15 then he/she will be certified as Junior Diver and the depth is limited to 21 meters. Upon reaching 16 years of age you/he/she can dive to 30 meters without any other training though.
  • Prerequisite is an Open Water certification from any diving agency in the world that operates according to RSTC requirements. This means that you should be certified as an independent diver to a maximum depth of 18 meters. It also means that you should have done at least four open water dives during your previous training.
  • Not just important for divers but in particular when diving you should be healthy – you will have to fill in a Medical-Statement but you don’t need to bring a diving medical from a doctor. Again, just contact us with potential questions that arise.

Secure your pre-booking discount

If booked in advance with a 50% deposit paid the Advanced Open Water Course comes to a price of 5.130.000 IDR. If you would like to take advantage of this pre-booking discount please contact us directly per email. Please note, the deposit needs to arrive on our bank account before you arrive on the island, otherwise it is not a pre-booking discount. LOL

Plans change. We know that too. Our cancellation policy is flexible and we are trying our best to meet your holiday schedule and potential interruptions of it. If you book a course in advance but you are then unable to do it because you get sick, we will reimburse you of course minus the transaction details.

We can only send you the login details for the eLearning packages once you have paid the full course or a deposit in advance. In the (hopefully unlikely) event that you can’t start the course as planned, you will get of course more time to make it to the island and if even that isn’t going to happen, you will still have the theory and can use that at another dive center at a later stage in your life (within one year).

Is there a lot of theory?

Before going on your course dives you will read the matching theory chapter in the e-manual. This if followed by an indepth briefing by your instructor and a debriefing after the dive. We will make sure that there are no questions unanswered and that all knowledge reviews are well understood.

Can I do the theory before coming to the island?

Yes, there are options, but since the advanced course is a very practical course and there isn’t much theory in general, we recommend you to wait with reading the theory chapters until you have actually started the course or about to do so.

What will I learn on the open water dives?

The five adventure dives are there for you to learn about different aspects of diving. You will have to do a deep dive for sure and you can chose from a long list of opther options. Which dive you will do on what day will strongly depend on the conditions and your preferences.

How long does my certification last?

The licence is recognized worldwide and there is no expiry date. It’s highly recommended that you keep in practice. If you haven’t dived in a while, it might be wise to refresh your skills on a Refresher or Scuba Tune Up Dive with an instructor. Continuing your scuba education is also a great way to keep your skills fresh and up to date.

Do I need to change a junior certification?

No, once you or your child turns 15 the certification automatically counts as a “normal” adult certification. However, if you wish to change it, just contact the diving agency and they will be able to remove the “junior” part of it.

What if I have health issues?

There are some serious conditions such as epilepsy, active asthma, emphysema, heart disease or haemophilia that could prohibit any diving activity. Please refer to attached medical questionnaire to check if you are not sure:  Diver-Medical-Questionnaire

If you answer any of the questions with “yes” on page number 1, then please check the related box on page number 2. If you have to put another yes there, then you need to see a doctor to get a fit for diving certificate. There are also doctors on the Gili Islands that can examine you and issue this certificate, so don’t worry if you didn’t check the medical form beforehand.

What’s the difference between PADI and SSI?        

If you are interested in getting a scuba diving certification, you’ve probably come across PADI and SSI, the two major training agencies in the world. You might have asked yourself: Is there a big difference or is one better than the other?

Instructors of both agencies will teach you how to be a skilled diver, as there is a certain skill set that every diver needs to have. To make sure of this, all diving agencies follow a legal framework laid down by the World Recreational Scuba Diving Council. The training agencies also accept each other; hence you could do an Open Water Course with the one and an Advanced Course with another diving agency.

We have decided to offer PADI courses even though most of our instructors can teach both PADI and SSI.

Why should I do a diving course on Gili Meno?

Postcard-like white sandy beaches, azure and year-round warm waters (28 to 29 degrees), the reef on your doorstep and a great lifestyle – does this sound like paradise to you? To us it does! The Gilis are known as the turtle capital in the world – rightfully so, because both green and hawksbill turtles are abundant. Reef sharks are also frequently spotted and there is a broad range of marine life to be met on all dives. The dive sites are rarely more than a 15-minute boat ride away and diving is great all year round. The dry season is running from April to November and the rainy season from December to March. Rainy season sounds more extreme than it actually is because it hardly ever rains an entire day – expect showers at different severity but therefore less people.

Why should I choose Divine Divers on Gili Meno?

We love what we do and we do it well! We have been in the game for over 10 years as Divine Divers on Gili Meno but our passion for diving didn’t start there. During our long dive careers, we have dived all over the world both professionally and recreationally. Sometimes you come to dive centers that just have the little extra. A place you enter and you feel instantly at home. Being surrounded by likeminded people in a chill yet professional atmosphere. This is exactly what we had in mind when setting up Divine Divers – we live Divine – for us it is more than a business. It is part of our family that we would like to share with just mentioned likeminded souls. Overall, our main differentiator is our personal approach – and of course our location at the most perfect sunset point on the island. What better way is there to end a perfect diving day than watching the sun disappear into the ocean.

Apart from that our groups are small and our instructors hand chosen for their personality and excellent teaching records. Safety is our primary concern; our equipment is in excellent order and of course regularly maintained. We are committed to offering first-class service and superior quality dive courses.