F.A.Q. – Advanced Open Water Diver


Q. At what time do I need to be on the boat?

You need to be on the boat at 09:00 a.m. unless you arrange differently with your Instructor.

Q. What do I need to bring with me on the excursion?

Your dive certification and your log book. A jumper for the beginning and the end of season, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, a towel, a good pair of comfortable non-slip shoes (flip flops not advised). Extra money for snacks and refreshments and the optional extra facilities such as: CD for your underwater photos, T-shirts, Sweatshirts. If you tend to get motion sickness it is recommended that you take motion sickness pills prior to meeting the boat at the pier.

Q. Are you doing transfers from/to hotels?

Unfortunately no. There is the local public bus service you can use and of course taxi.

Q. Is lunch included?

No. But we have a fully stocked bar with a variety of sandwiches and snacks and cold drinks for sale at reasonable prices.

Q. I am with a friend or girlfriend for holidays. Can I bring him/her with me on the Liamis Dive Boat?

Yes you can. Spectators can join the boat with an additional fee of 20 €. They can sunbathe on our sundeck, swim in crystal clear waters, or even upgrade onboard to snorkelers or even try divers.


Q. How soon after being certified can I take the advanced course?

You can take your Advanced Open Water Diver course immediately after completing your Open Water course.

Q. What kinds of advanced certification are there?

The next course after Open Water Diver course is the advanced certification. The intent of the course is to give you additional skills and knowledge that will make you a more skilled and capable diver.
This course is usually a guided self-study course that combines reading and discussions with actual diving. There is a range of topics to choose from, many of which will make you a better and safer diver. These topics include underwater navigation, deep diving, peak and performance buoyancy, and more. Five dives are typically required to complete this course.
Following advanced certification there are further courses, ranging from dive master all the way up to dive instructor.

Q. Once I complete the Advanced Open Water course, am I qualified to engage in the types of dives I did during the course?

Not necessarily. The Advanced Open Water gives you the experience of different environments and types of diving under the direction of an Instructor. It is more of a “sample” of what the corresponding Speciality course involves. Speciality diver courses will be anywhere from two to four dives in total, with the dives done during the Advanced class counting as the first dive in the related specialty. Your Instructor can give you more information on Speciality Diver Courses.

Q. Are there any depth restrictions for Junior divers?

Yes, Junior Open Water divers who are 12-14 years old and taking the Advanced class have a maximum depth of 21 meters. 10 or 11 year old Junior Open Water divers are eligible to earn the Junior Adventure Diver certification, which does not involve a deep dive. Junior Divers must be 12 years old to participate in all dives for Advanced Open Water, with the exception of the Enriched Air Dive that they need to be 15 years old..

Q. What are the depths of the dives for the Advanced class?

Most of the dives for the Advanced class are 12 meters or less for the most bottom time. The required Deep Dive for the Advanced class has to be greater than 18 meters. Depending on where this dive is conducted, it could range anywhere between 21 to 27 meters.

Q. Is there any classroom work?

No, there is no traditional classroom time. When you sign up and pay for the course, you will receive the Adventures in Diving manual, which contains chapters on all required and elective dives in the Advanced Class. There is no need to read the entire manual, just the chapters on the dives you’ll be doing. You’ll also need to complete the Knowledge Reviews at the end of each of those chapters. These will be discussed and collected right at the dive site.

Q. What if I have already done some of my adventure dives for this course? Do they still count?

Yes. We need proof through your log book and training record and then we can finish any other dive for you. Prices do get reduced if you are not completing all dives. Contact our staff for more information.

Q. I want to do some more courses, but have not got time to do all the ones I think I need. Which one is the best one?

This will depend very much on what you would like to gain from your course. We strongly suggest that a newly qualified diver should aim for out of all the choices, to the ‘Peak Performance Buoyancy’; this course will pay dividends in ANY other course or diving that you do. Another Speciality course that is a very good idea to follow is the ‘Boat Diver’ cause all our dives are performing from our boats.

Q. How long must I wait after diving before flying?

For a single dive a minimum or 12 hours
For multiple dives a minimum of 18 hours.
Plan to dive early in your vacation to allow yourself time to do more if you wish.

Q. Can I dive immediately after flying?

Yes there are no requirements to wait after flying before diving. Flying, particularly long flights, can however cause fatigue and dehydration. Please ensure you are properly rested and well hydrated before diving.

Q. What if I have a medical condition; can I still participate to the Advanced Open Water Diver course?

For your personal safety, all student divers must complete a medical statement prior to commencing a dive. If none of the listed conditions apply, you sign the form and are ready to start. If any of them affect you, as a safety precaution, a physician must examine you and sign a medical form that confirming that you’re fit to dive, dated within the last 12 months.