PADI Advanced Open Water diving course in Amorgos
About The Place
Amorgos, a gem nestled in the heart of the Aegean Sea, stands as a testament to the natural beauty and cultural richness of the Greek islands. This captivating island, characterized by its rugged landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant traditions, offers a diverse range of experiences for those seeking an authentic Greek getaway.
Geologically, Amorgos is part of the Cyclades, a group of islands formed by the convergence of tectonic plates. The island’s terrain is dominated by rocky cliffs and hills, showcasing a geological tapestry shaped by volcanic activity. The contrast between the azure waters and the arid landscapes creates a striking visual spectacle, with jagged coastlines and pristine beaches dotting the shoreline.
The fauna of Amorgos is adapted to the island’s semi-arid climate. While the island doesn’t boast an abundance of wildlife, the surrounding waters are teeming with marine life. Snorkelers and divers are treated to a vibrant underwater world, with colorful fish, sea sponges, and even the occasional monk seal or sea turtle gracing the depths. The avian population includes various seabirds, and birdwatchers may spot species like Eleonora’s falcon.
Culturally, Amorgos is steeped in history and tradition. The island’s main town, Chora, is a prime example of Cycladic architecture, with whitewashed houses and narrow winding streets that exude charm. The island’s ancient history is evident in the archaeological sites, including the Minoa ruins and the ancient towers that dot the landscape. The Monastery of Hozoviotissa, perched on a cliffside and dating back to the 11th century, is not only a religious site but also an architectural marvel.
Amorgos’s cultural identity is also reflected in its festivals and events. The island celebrates religious and cultural festivities with traditional music, dance, and local delicacies. The unique music of Amorgos, characterized by the lute and violin, adds a distinctive auditory dimension to the island’s cultural tapestry.
The activities on Amorgos cater to a variety of interests. Hiking enthusiasts can explore the island’s network of trails, which lead to panoramic viewpoints and secluded beaches. The island’s diverse topography provides opportunities for rock climbing and caving, with unique geological formations waiting to be discovered. The coastline beckons water sports enthusiasts, offering snorkeling, diving, and sailing adventures.
Amorgos is also known for its role in cinema, particularly as the filming location for the iconic movie “The Big Blue” by Luc Besson. The island’s serene landscapes and captivating seascapes served as a backdrop for this cinematic masterpiece, bringing global attention to Amorgos’s unique allure.
The culinary scene on Amorgos is a delightful blend of fresh, local ingredients. Traditional Greek dishes, such as moussaka and souvlaki, are complemented by the island’s specialties, including local cheeses, honey, and the famous Psimeni Raki—a traditional homemade spirit.
In conclusion, Amorgos Island in Greece is a harmonious blend of geological wonders, rich cultural heritage, and a plethora of activities for the discerning traveler. Whether one seeks the thrill of outdoor adventures, a deep dive into Greek history and traditions, or simply the tranquility of sun-soaked beaches, Amorgos stands ready to offer an unforgettable island experience.
- 2-3 days
Discover, Thrills, Adventure.
The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about exploration, excitement, and incredible experiences. Contrary to what the name suggests, you don’t need to be “advanced” to enroll. It’s a natural progression after completing the PADI Open Water Diver course, designed to boost your confidence, enhance your scuba skills, and make you feel more at ease in the water. This course provides an excellent opportunity to gain more diving experience under the guidance of your PADI Instructor. It builds upon your existing knowledge while introducing new activities and ways to have a blast while scuba diving.
During this course, you’ll embark on seven thrilling adventure dives over three days. On the final day, you’ll undertake an exam dive to earn your certificate. Upon successful completion, you’ll have the ability to dive up to 30 meters anywhere in the world!
The course includes five adventure dives that allow you to:
- Enhance your underwater navigation skills.
- Explore deeper waters (typically ranging from 18-30 meters or 60-100 feet).
- Choose three more adventure dives from a diverse selection of options.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of the Advanced Open Water Diver course is the freedom to select from 15 types of Adventure Dives, tailored to your interests. You can experiment with digital underwater photography, dive among captivating wrecks, glide through the water with underwater scooters, master peak performance buoyancy, and much more.
Dive sites such as Nikouria Cavern, The Northern Wall of Nikouria, Gramvonissi, Agios Pavlos, The Deep Blue Wall, Manina 3 shipwreck, The Bauxile Mines, Small Sparti Cave, and numerous others await your exploration.
What will you learn?
The Advanced Open Water Diver course encompasses various knowledge and skills tailored to your interests and chosen adventures. Some key areas include:
- Practical aspects of deep diving.
- Understanding the physiological effects of deeper scuba diving.
- Advanced techniques for underwater navigation using kick-cycles, visual landmarks, and time.
- Utilizing dive computers and electronic Recreational Dive PlannerTM (eRDPTM) more effectively.
- And much more, depending on the Adventure Dives you choose.
You’ll utilize the standard basic scuba gear, including an underwater compass. Additionally, depending on your three chosen adventure dives, you may have the opportunity to try underwater photography equipment, DPVs (underwater scooters), dive lights, dry suits, lift bags, dive flags/floats, or other specialized gear.
- Open Water Certification (PADI or equivalent).
- Minimum age of 15 years.
SENSATION LEVEL: Adventurous
FITNESS LEVEL: Suitable for all individuals
SPOKEN LANGUAGES: English, French, German
OPENING SEASONS: April – November
All necessary scuba diving equipment
- MINIMUM AGE 15+
Amorgos Diving Center, Aegiali port
Cancellation Policy - Flexible
- Whenever you cancel 4 days or earlier than the confirmed activity starting date, your fee will be refunded for the entire activity charge.
- In case of cancellation within 48 and 96 hours before the scheduled activity starting date, you'll get 50% reimbursed.
- Those who cancel 48 hours or beyond are considered last-minute cancellations. There will be no refunds