Divewerkz are so passionate about scuba diving!
Like many of our previous scuba diving students you will feel that things are a little bit different at Divewerkz. All our scuba diving trips are fully customised to exactly fit the needs of our customers.
Is one dive course or dive trip the same like the other? While for a standardized product this might be the case and you therefore might shop around for the cheapest price, this is certainly not true for services. Other factors such as quality and in particularly for diving, safety, are more important.
At Divewerkz we place highest emphasis on:
-Personalization (small groups)
-Making your course/trip fun
Guaranteed. Everyone one of us has heard horrid stories of how divers are trained. Some learn from a military-style instructors, others attend large classes with little student-instructor interaction. Even worse, some only receive partial training.
At Divewerkz none of these happen. Since 2003 our team offers personalized and small ratio classes with maximum 4 students (PADI allows up to 10) to cater to individual students’ needs. Learning is customised and paced according to the student’s ability. Similarly class schedules are tailored to your schedule (e.g. evenings or weekends, whenever it suits you best). Any trip will have no more than 8 divers.
Most important of all, diving is about learning skills in a FUN, SAFE and practical way. Many of our divers, whether students or leisure divers, have become friends.
Table of Content
- Dive Trips
- Dive Destinations
- Dive Equipment
- Dive info
- Asian marine life
- PADI courses
- Frequently Asked Questions
South-East Asia has some of the most fascinating dive destinations in the world, giving you every opportunity to go on excellent dive trips. Millions of divers from this region as well as other parts of the globe dive here every year. Which one is your favourite dive site? Divewerkz offers you the following options for your dive trip:
- regular weekend dive trips from Singapore to Tioman
- personalized dive trips in small groups to popular dive destinations
- organizing your own customized dive trip to the dive destination of your choice at a time that suits your schedule (subject to availability of rooms at the chosen dive resort).
Weekend dive trips to Tioman
During the dive season from March to October we run regular weekenders to Tioman (Malaysia) – a great and relaxing way to spend the weekend! You will be staying at a chalet directly on the beach in air-conditioned twin sharing rooms with attached restaurant and the dive shop literally right next to it. Diving is by speedboat (and not by a slow dive boat) thus reaching even the far many beautiful dive sites quickly and allowing more comfortable rest time in between dives.
Your own customized itinerary
In addition to our organized trips in small groups we can also help you to arrange your own customized dive trip itinerary at any time. Whether you know already which dive site or resort you want to go to or are looking for suggestions, please just ask Divewerkz. You will get a proposal from us that is tailored to your preferences and never will pay more than booking directly at the chosen dive resort.
Location: East of Borneo (belongs to Malaysia), nearest airport is Tawau
Short description: Who has not heard of diving in Sipadan? One of the premier sites to spot pelagics. Mabul is called macro divers heaven for its abundance of just about any variety of marine life you can imagine – big or very small. Kapalai is nearby and the resort is located on stilts
Expected marine life: Turtles, barracuda, jacks, sharks, mantas, bumphead parrotfish, unicornfish, leaffish, scorpionfish, shrimps, nudibranches
Accomodation: to dive Sipadan island you will need to stay at one of the various resorts from cozy to luxury in Mabul or Kapalai (it is not allowed to stay on Sipadan directly any more). To dive Mabul means just stepping out of your room…
Best time of year to visit: Diving in Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalai is possible all year round, the best months are between March to October. To dive in Mabul is possible any day, however there are daily maximum quotas for diving in Sipadan, so during less busy days your chances of getting there are higher
Visibility: fair to good (10-20m)
Currents: variable, often medium to sometimes strong
Tioman and surrounding islands
Pulau Aur / Dayang / Tioman / Seven Skies / Anambas / Udang oil rigs
Location: ca. 65km (Tioman) – 200 km (Anambas) east of Mersing
Short description: As Aur, Dayang and Tioman can all be reached within a few hours from Singapore, these islands are popular for weekend dive trips. The supertanker “Seven Skies” and Anambas are done via live-aboard trips. Diving in Tioman and the surrounding dive spots offer good diving by day and night with a big variety of marine life.
Expected marine life: Cuttlefish, batfish, parrotfishes, snappers, groupers, turtles, surgeonfish, moray eels, rays, nudibranches and right at the beginning and end of season occasionally pelagics (if you are lucky…)
Accomodation: To dive Tioman / Aur you can stay chalets with twin a/c rooms, see our standard weekend. Tioman has some 3-4 star hotel options as well. Seven Skies and Anambas can only be reached via live-aboard
Best time of year to visit: Diving in Tioman and Aur is possible from March to October
Visibility: moderate to good (8-20m)
Currents: depend on dive site and time of year. From zero to strong currents.
Perhentian islands / Redang
Location: off the Northern end of the East cost of West Malaysia
Short description: Diving in Redang or Perhentian Islands offers many different dive sites to choose from with a lot of easy diving
Expected marine life: Angelfish, pufferfish, boxfish, batfish, lionfish, scorpionfish, turtles, octopus, squid, sweetlips, fusiliers etc.
Accomodation: To dive Perhentian you can stay in resorts or chalets on those islands
Best time of year to visit: Diving in Redang and Perhentian is best from March through October
Visibility: fair to good (10-20m)
Currents: vary, generally mild
Location: in the South China Sea, north of Borneo (Kota Kinabalu/Brunei)
Short description: A small atoll rising 2,000m from the bottom of the sea in the ‘middle of nowhere’, Layang Layang is undoubtedly one of the premier dive sites in Asia. Diving in Layang Layang offers an abundance of everything you can possibly imagine. The biggest attraction apart from the pristine reefs are the scalloped hammerheads visiting usually between March to May.
Expected marine life: Trevally, lionfish, sweetlips and of course pelagics, pelagics, pelagics (sharks, hammerheads, manta rays, eagle rays etc.)!
Accomodation: To dive Layang Layang you have to stay at their island resort, the only resort on the island
Best time of year to visit: Diving in Layang Layang is only possible from March to October (and for a chance to see the hammerheads visit March to May)
Visibility: Excellent (20-50m)
Currents: Usually mild, but can get quite strong at times
Location: between Java and Lombok (Indonesia)
Short description: From shore dives to wrecks, pristine reefs or if you dive Bali at the right time of the year and are very lucky the mola mola (ocean sunfish), you can find a big variety of diving in Bali. Not to forget the rice paddies, temples and partying, of course…
Expected marine life: jacks, tuna, napoleon wrasses, angelfish, garden eels, surgeonfish and with a lot of luck a mola mola or two
Accomodation: Bali offers everything from simple guest houses to 5-star hotels
Best time of year to visit: Diving in Bali is good all year round, however if you want to have a chance to see the mola mola, go between July and September
Visibility: depends on the dive site and time of year, usually quite good
Currents: moderate, but can get strong in Nusa Penida
Location: in the Banda Sea, off the South-Eastern tip of Sulawesi (Indonesia)
Short description: The self acclaimed 3km (!) long “Best House Reef of the World” is so outstanding that some people don’t even make it to the other dive sites. What they miss… Diving in Wakatobi means hundreds of world class dive sites in a pristine environment, which have been described as “live aboard with built-in beach”. A must!
Expected marine life: turtles, rays, batfish, pygmy seahorses, crocodilefish, leaffish, ghostpipefish, scorpionfish, tunas, dolphins and much more
Accomodation: To dive Wakatobi you’ll have to stay in “Wakatobi Dive Resort”, there is a chartered flight from Denpassar, Bali
Best time of year to visit: You can go diving in Wakatobi all year round, however the best conditions are between March to November
Visibility: Very good to excellent (20-50m)
Currents: mild to moderate
Similan Islands / Burma Banks
Location: North of Phuket near the Thai/Burmese border
Short description: The Similans and Burma Banks are one of the best dive sites in Asia with an abundance of marine life in marine parks and untouched islands. Not to mention the beautiful beaches.
Expected marine life: Turtles, trevally, plenty of sharks, frogfish, lionfish, garden eels, sea fans, occasionally whale sharks or mantas and much more
Accomodation: Diving in Similans and Burma Banks is only accessible via live-aboard trips
Best time of year to visit: Diving in Similans is possible all year round, however the high season is between October and May
Visibility: moderate to very good (10-30m)
Currents: variable, but often strong
Manado / Lembeh Straits
Location: Manado is located on the North-Eastern tip of Sulawesi (Indonesia)
Short description: If you like wall dives, diving in Manado is perfect for you! Diving in Bunaken (off Manado) offers a big variety of dive sites, most of which are along steep, pristine walls, from deep to shallow and hence are suitable for experienced divers as well as beginners. Nearby Lembeh Straits is the site to spot most unusual critters.
Expected marine life: Lots of pyramid butterflyfish, nudibranches, napoleon wrasse, surgeonfish, triggerfish, occasionally sharks and manta or eagle rays. At Lembeh Straits ghostpipefish, mandarinfish, pygmy seahorses, leaffish etc.
Accomodation: To dive Manado you can stay in one of the many resorst just outside town
Best time of year to visit: Diving in Manado is good all year round
Visibility: Mostly good (15-25m)
Currents: usually mild
Location: on Mindoro island, Philippines, ca. 180 km South of Manila
Short description: Diving in Puerto Galera offers an abundance of coral and fish life right next to the beach (i.e. only a very short boat ride away), mainly macro
Expected marine life: scorpionfish, octopus, jacks, butterflyfish, angelfish, pufferfish, groupers, moorish idols, with the occasional shark
Accomodation: When you go diving in Puerto Galera you can stay in chalets or small hotels on or near the various beaches
Best time of year to visit: To dive Puerto Galera is possible all year round, however the best months are between October and May
Visibility: fair to good (10-20m)
Currents: vary, but generally mild
Location: In the Indian Ocean South-West of Sri Lanka and India
Short description: Group of atolls with ca. 1,190 islands. Famous not only for its beautiful beaches, but also the plentiful underwater fauna. Diving in Maldives enjoys a big variety, depending on the atoll and season
Expected marine life: Snappers, moray eels, turtles, frogfish, ghostpipefish, leaffish, sometimes manta rays, eagle rays, sharks and whalesharks
Accomodation: To dive Maldives you can stay either in any of the many luxury resorts or on a live-aboard
Best time of year to visit: Diving in Maldives is good all year round, but in different locations/atolls. For manta or whaleshark sightings July to November is recommended
Visibility: good to excellent (20-30m)
Diving is an equipment intensive sport and there are many choices. While Divewerkz does not promote or directly sell any particular dive equipment models or brands themselves, all of our customers can enjoy a 15%‑discount on dive gear at one of the leading and biggest dive shops in Singapore.
For most new divers and even more seasoned ones, shopping for their dive gear is a confusing and mind-boggling experience. With many designs and technical specifications to choose from, many divers feel bombarded with too many choices. Therefore Divewerkz would like to give you some practical tips that hopefully help you what to focus on when choosing your dive equipment. Of importance for example are:
- type of diving
- servicing and technical support
- comfort and fit
For the novice diver concerned about budget, we often recommend investing in an just above average BCD and a balanced regulator. There is often little justification for the novice diver to invest in the top of the range equipment unless budget is not an issue or you are very sure that you will be a very active diver. For about less than a thousand Singapore dollars, you can buy a decent set of BCD and regulator with all the essential gauges. With proper annual servicing, this investment will last you for a long time. Try not to go for the very cheapest models – you always get what you pay for…
Type of diving
Generally speaking, your choice of equipment depends on the nature of your diving activity.
If you are diving in mostly warm waters similar to Singapore’s, a 3mm wetsuit and a BCD with an average lift of 25 lbs should suffice. The colder the water, the thicker your wetsuit should be. For cold water diving, a 3 piece wetsuit or dry suit is necessary. If deep diving is your cup of tea or you are doing a lot of dives per day, you should at least have a 5mm wetsuit.
If you see yourself doing technical diving with twin tanks and/or diving with task such as lifting objects, you will need a BCD that is of the toughest quality and enough lift for you and your objects. If you see yourself doing a lot of deep dives, a balanced regulator is more appropriate as the air flow is smoother and ‘automatically’ tuned to the surrounding pressure. Obviously for night dives you’ll be needing a underwater torchlight and a backup light.
Servicing and technical support
Dive gear brands vary in market dominance from country to country. For example, Sherwood, a leading brand in the US is hardly present here. Choose a brand that is represented by a least one reputable dealer in Singapore who is equipped with a full fledged servicing outlet. You don’t want to be stuck with dive equipment that you cannot have serviced or repaired locally. Have your dive equipment serviced by an authorized service centre annually.
Comfort and fit
Of course one of the most important considerations when buying dive equipment are comfort and fit. Buy only equipment that fits your size and you feel comfortable in. Even within the same size, some designs suit you better than others. This is true for wetsuits (should fit snugly, but not too tight), BCD’s, masks and fins. For the well-endowed lady, the for-ladies-only BCD that is styled with a cross BCD may be worth the money for the perfect fit.
You are advised to invest the time and money to get appropriate gear for you, taking above points into consideration. What is better than diving with dive gear that feels like your second skin and extension of your body? Happy Diving!
Extending your bottom time: be an Enriched Air (“Nitrox”) Diver
Did it ever happen to you that you would have loved to stay down at that wreck or magnificent reef with the manta rays a lot longer, but your dive computer or tables did not allow you to? Or been itiching to get down there as soon as possible again for the next dive? Then you are a good candidate for the PADI Enriched Air Diver (“Nitrox”) course.
Commonly called “Nitrox” (as it is a mixture of Nitrogen and Oxygen – but mind you, normal air is just that, too, only in different percentages), Enriched Air tanks contain a higher content of oxygen than normal air, typically either 32% or 36% oxygen (but may be up to max. 40%). The increased oxygen load has the has the following advantages:
- extends your bottom time (longer No Decompression Limits)
- allows shorter surface intervals
- you will feel less tired after the dives
The scientifc reason for this is simply that your body absorbs less nitrogen at the same depth when breathing Enriched Air compared to breathing normal air due to the higher oxygen content. Therefore also special “Nitrox” dive tables are required that take this into consideration. How to use those “Nitrox” dive tables, what are the special procedures when diving with Enriched Air (e.g. testing the oxygen contents percentage in your special “Nitrox” tank before each dive) are the main learning objectives of this speciality course. Today also almost all dive computer models support “Nitrox” and you can set the percentage of oxygen you are diving with.
You will also be doing two fun dives with Enriched Air tanks before receiving your PADI certfication. As with all other PADI certifications, the Enriched Air Diver card that you will get, will enable you to dive with “Nitrox” tanks in any dive center or liveaboard world-wide that offers it.
Divewerkz would like to share with you information about popular dive destinations in this region, common fish species in the Asian Marine Life and some useful tips for bouancy, conserving air or equalization techniques. Below you will find an overview on how to identify fish in order to make your future dives even more rewarding.
Why ID fish?
To many divers identifying fish may be an overwhelming task. But, believe it or not, with the right approach, it’s fun and easy.
Better dives – When you are able to recognize fishes you have a mental description of the dive. Remember those times when you get frustrated describing a fish and nobody seems to understand what you are talking about? Knowing the names of fishes helps communications with other divers and you get more out of the dive – and impress your buddy.
Aid navigation – Certain fishes are territorial and when you recognize them they become the landmarks for your course of travel. Fishes such as clownfish and damselfishes live and often feed within a certain area.
Safer diving – Knowing which fish is dangerous is obviously important. Scraps with fishes such as surgeonfish, stonefish or scorpionfish can leave you with serious injuries.
How to ID fish?
Shapes – The first step to identifying fish is to put them into their family group. Classifying with shape and general features is the easiest way to identify the family they belong to.
Size and special markings – Within the same family, some fishes look incredibly identical. If this is the case, take note of the size and confirm it with the size in Fish ID/Marine Life books. Also take note of specific features and/or markings on the fish. To do this it helps to learn the parts of the fish (see below) and jot down the markings observed on a slate.
Depth and habitats – Fishes have distinct habitats. Some fishes favour deep waters whilst others stay within 20 metres from the surface. Some are primarily coral dwellers such as anthias, whereas fishes such as goatfish and gobies stay mainly on sandy bottoms.
Asian marine life
Below divewerkz offer you some brief explanations about fish groups that can commonly be seen during dives in South-East Asia, along with their typical outlines to help you identify them more easily.
Highly exaggerated dorsal, anal and pelvic fins. Young fish occur singly or in small groups and stay near reefs. In Asia, the Pinnate and Teira Batfish are commonly sighted. The juveniles have very long fins that become proportionally shorter as it grows.
Did you know that some juveniles mimick deadleaves (Orbicular Batfish) or toxic polyclad flatworm (Teira Batfish) as camouflage?
Round and small and have concave foreheads. They often have snouts for feeding from crevices and corals. Butterfly fishes are renowed for their striking colours and graceful swimming patterns. Most are active during the day and stay within 20m depth. Many feed on corals and small invertebrates. They are often seen in pairs. Did you know that some butterflyfishes such as the Spot-Banded Butterfly are know to form permanent relationships? If one dies, they never find another mate.
The bannerfish belongs to the butterflyfish family. They have unusually long dorsal fins and are usually not more than 20cm long. At places like Sipadan and Layang Layang, the schooling bannerfish form a beautiful picture against the blue water backdrop.
They have long dorsal fins and rounded foreheads. Most angelfish are found in boulders, caves and large crevices. Most stay within a certain territory and they are one of rare species that feed on sponges among other things like algae, zooantharians, tunicates, gorgonians, hydroids and seagrasses. During their growth from juvenile to adult, they take on the most dramatic transformation. Did you know that the blue-ringed and six-banded angelfish can make clicking and drumming noises?
Somewhat horse-shaped or sloping face with spines sticking out from each side of their tail base. Most surgeonfish are docile and travel in schools. They feed on algae and seaweed. When in close proximity with divers, such as fish feeding session, take care that they don’t come too close as their scalper-like spine on each side of their tail can inflict nasty wounds.
(aka trevallies), usually silver or blueish in colour, seen in open water at reef’s edge. The most frequently sighted jacks are the big-eyed, golden, black and blue-finned trevally. The Giant Trevally is an awesome sight and can grow up to 1.7m and weigh up to 170 kg. Did you know that during mating season, the silver jack changes its sex and turn totally black in colour? The black and silver couple stays together for a period before mating.
Long cylindrical and silver with faint markings. Large mouths with visible teeth. Large barracuda tend to travel alone, but smaller species may gather in groups. Schooling barracudas can number to a thousand and are a spectacular sight!
Long tapered bodies and heads that slope towards the mouth. Common commercial fish. Most snappers are brightly coloured and active predators of smaller fishes, crabs shrimps, gastropods, cephalopods and planktonic organisms.
Look quite similar to snappers, their most distince feature is their lips which seem to be swollen. Can be striped or spotted. Often found hovering under coral tables or just above reefs.
Generally smaller than parrotfish, usually foraging through sand and the reefs. Wrasses make up the second largest group of reef fishes after the gobies. They are very active and are constantly foraging for small crabs, shrimps, worms, and other small bottom dwelling invertebrates.
Pronounced rear dorsal fin that sticks out like a squirrel and very large glassy eyes. Hidden in crevices and under ledges. Squirrelfishes are nocturnal and during the day, they are found hidden inside caves or under large crevices. They come out to hunt shortly after sunset. They feed primarily on night animals such as crustaceans and echinoderms.
Bigger eyes than squirrelfish, with continuous dorsal fin and they appear less scaly. Like squirrelfishes, they are nocturnal and feeds on cephalopods, crustaceans and fishes.
Small and reddish, with short snouts and 2 separate dorsal fins. They are small reef dwelling fishes and crustaceans. Some species, form large shoals over entire coral formations.
Did you know that male cardinalfishes incubate fertilised egg mass in their mouth for days until hatching?
Blennies and Gobies
Long bodies and generally perched on their pectoral fins. Most blennies are less than 15cm long, and are bottom dwellers, feeding on small invertebrates, algae and bottom detritus. Several species such as the False Cleanerfish have large teeth of the lower jaw that is used mainly for defense.
(aka Flatfish), are amazing bottom-dwelling creatures, masters of camouflage. They change colour to blend into the bottom colours. Both their eyes are on the same side and they move independently. Did you know that flounder larvae looks exactly like fish larvae? However, when they grow, their bodies become compressed and one of the eyes migrates to the other side.
Stocky and rough bodies, with spiny dorsal fins that carry venom. Still and pretends to be a piece of rock. Scorpionfishes varies from mottled brown colour (for those found in rocks) to bright red in colour, found in caves and deeper sections of the reef.
Elongated bodies and large upturned mouths. Often perched motionless on corals and bottoms. Lizardfish look somewhat like a cross between a monitor lizard and a chameleon. They lay like a monitor lizard with their bellies on the coral, and pretend like they are part of the “furniture”.
Bulky bodies with large upturned mouth. Blend well with bottom, and often motionless. Some have appendage that dangles in front of their mouths, which baits unsuspecting fish.
Oval or diamond shaped with rough textured skin. Elongated pointy dorsal fins. Filefish are the sweetie pies of the reefs. They move daintily with slow measured movements. When there isn’t any big fish action to watch, the filefish can provide amusement and enjoyment.
Oval or diamond shaped bodies with elongated pointy dorsal fins similar to a gun’s trigger. Most triggerfish species are solitary in habit and use their strong teeth to crush hard-shelled prey such as crabs and molluscs. Most triggers are same and harmless such as the pretty Picasso Triggerfish. In Asia, the larger species such as the Titan, Yellowmargin and Blue-finned triggers should be treated with respect, particularly during their nesting period.
Round bodies and can inflate their bodies when threatened or scared. They are strange creatures with bodies encased in a bony carapace and fins are relatively small. They are slow swimmers, but capable of short, rapid bursts. The spiky ones are called Porcupinefish. The non spiky puffer has no scales and have beady eyes. Many pufferfish are toxic.
Trunkfish/Boxfish and Cowfish
Boxy and rectangular bodies. Cowfish have two ‘horns’ on their heads. Common species in Southeast-asian waters are the Striped trunkfish and Black-saddled Toby.
Long cylindrical bodies with two widely seperated dorsal fins, and a pair of long chin-barbels that are used for detecting food in the sand. The barbels are also used by males to attract females during courtship. When they are not used, you can hardly see them as they are tucked tightly under their chin.
Long tube-like bodies with long pouty mouth. They stalk by handing head down, often near corals to camouflage themselves. A common species is the Painted Trumpetfish.
Snake like and often hiding in crevices and holes. Eels are shy creatures in the day, and at most, peek out of their crevice. However they transform to another creature as night falls. Eels have been found free swimming in the night, foraging for food such as small fishes.
Divewerkz offers you a range of personalized PADI scuba dive courses as well as specialty courses. PADI is the largest dive certification agency, certifying about 85% of all scuba divers per year. So there is something for everybody at every level to start or further continue your dive education.
The PADI Open Water course is your entry ticket to the underwater world. Here you will learn all the basic skills for diving and safety. Like any certification, your PADI Open Water certification is accepted in every dive centre in the world and enables you to go diving (together with a buddy) anywhere and any time.
After you have gained some practice and more comfortable with your buoyancy and other dive skills, it’s time to make the next step and become a PADI Advanced Diver. This will enable you to go to depth beyond 18 meters and teach you how to dive in different environments and conditions like e.g. with currents or at night.
The next step is the PADI Rescue Diver course. In this fun and challenging program you will learn how to help yourself and others in emergencies, the importantce of accident prevention and First Aid. Many parts of this course are not only useful in diving, but also in every-day-life.
At any certification level you may also want to consider doing the PADI Enriched Air (aka “Nitrox”) course, which enables you to do longer dives and shorter surface intervals.
Earning the PADI Open Water certification is your entry ticket to the amazing underwater world, whether you are looking for adventure and challenge or simply want to enjoy the beautiful fishes and corals. The PADI Open Water course teaches the basic fundamental skills required for safe diving. We conduct the full course in a relaxing, personalized and fun way.
Fun & Enjoyable
We firmly believe that the success of our program is based on your experience while learning scuba and your diving interest thereafter. Because we know that only if learning is fun for you, you will enjoy it.
Good news for busy people! We have no fixed schedules and will teach the PADI Open Water course at your convenience. Also we structure our courses to complement your learning style and personal preferences. At Divewerkz we put in the effort and time to even teach the theory portion of the course at your home or office if you wish.
Full Learning Materials and Equipment
We will provide the full learning materials for your PADI Open Water course so you can learn at your convenience and pace. Rental diving equipment will also be provided during the course.
Your PADI Open Water course will consist of four parts:
-a bit of self study with the provided materials to give you an overview
-theory lessons to learn the basics of procedures, safety and dive tables
-a pool session to train the all the necessary skills to be a safe diver
-the actual scuba diving experience in 4 dives, usually during a dive trip to Tioman
Continuing your dive education: PADI Advanced Open Water course
Participating in the PADI Advanced Open Water course
-helps you to discover, experience and explore new environments
-increases your skills and knowledge
-builds confidence in diving
Experience the exhilaration of drift dive, night dive and deep dive under instructor supervision. Pick up practical advise safely and increase your comfort level in the water.
The PADI Advanced Open Water course aims to increase your safety and confidence in various dive situations and conditions, to improve your navigation skills and make you more proficient in diving.
The PADI Adventures in Diving program (as the Advanced program is now called) provides divers with a structured means to explore special diving interests and gain dive experience. Participating in an adventure dive is often the first step novice divers take after their initial certification. However, all divers benefit from the program’s flexibility and the opportunity it provides for discovery and exploration.
The course allows student divers to customise their training path and under instructor supervision learn underwater tasks that broaden their awareness of the environment and their capabilities as divers. The variety of dives and scheduling options make this program appealing to all divers. The PADI Advanced Open Water course is the key to success of any PADI continuing education program like the PADI Rescue Diver course and leadership levels.
Your personalised PADI Advanced Open Water course will consist of:
-knowledge review and the theory of your newly to-be-learnt skills
-practical application in different diving environments:
-2 core dives (deep dive >18m depth and navigation dive)
-3 elective dives (e.g. night dive, drift dive, wreck dive, underwater naturalist)
PADI Rescue Diver Course – help yourself and others
Attending the PADI Rescue Diver course has the following advantages:
- Expands your knowledge
- Makes you prepared in and out of the water
- Helps to prevent accidents
Expands your knowledge
and experience beyond a purely recreational level. In the PADI Rescue Diver course you will learn to look beyond yourself as a recreational diver and contribute to the safety and well-being of other divers.
Makes you prepared
Through its flexible and conceptual approach to performing rescues – e.g. your relative size and environmental factors dictate which rescue technique may be most effective – rescue training exercises provide for individual differences and capabilities while encouraging divers to experiment with alternate techniques.
Pre-condition to starting the PADI Rescue Diver course is that you have attended an Emergency First Responder course or an equivalent First Aid course that includes CPR (e.g. by the Red Cross or such). This prepares you not only for diving related emergencies, but also enables you to help in accidents that may happen at the office or to your loved ones at home.
Helps to prevent accidents
Student divers learn to prevent problems from happening, to first think about the options available for handling an emergency and then to act using the best method for the situation. Although the nature and context in which rescue training may be used is serious, the course is fun, enjoyable and aimed to build your confidence.
The PADI Rescue Diver course is pre-requisite for all PADI leadership training.
Quick course overview
Your PADI Rescue Diver course will consist of:
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is diving safe?
A: Actually scuba diving is one of the safest sports. That is because Divewerkz and other training operators place much emphasis on safety training and a majority of the exercises you will for example learn in the Open Water course are safety related. As long as you stick to the rules and what you have learnt you will be safe.
Q: Can I dive without any certification?
A: Without certification you can only dive together with and under the direct supervision of a scuba dive instructor in a “Discover Scuba” trial dive. Otherwise you need to obtain your certification in order to ensure you have done all the safety-related and other required exercises satisfactorily.
Q: Why do you only take small groups?
A: Because it is much for fun and safe for everybody. Just imagine doing the course with 9 other students, which means 90% of the time you will just be waiting and watching others doing their exercises.