PADI Advanced Open Water
2 days course expanding your diving horizons. Upon completion, you will be certified to a maximum depth of 30m. There are no exams, but you will be asked to read a small chapter and complete the relevant knowledge reviews for each dive. There are 5 dives in total. While Deep and Navigation dives are obligatory, you can choose the remaining 3 dives from the list below.
The course cost $425 per person and we recommend doing one of the course days at the Mnemba Atoll Marine park ($30 supplement). In fact, we offer a 10% discount if you reserve ahead.
Navigation Dive (Obligatory)
Learn to use a compass and begin to navigate the underwater world. Start to understand the importance of visual references. Practice how to measure distance underwater.
Deep Dive (Obligatory)
Experience your first real deep dive. Understand how increased pressure affects the way you dive and think underwater. Crack a raw egg under water and play with the yoke while it float magically in front of you eyes without braking. Take a sealed plastic bottle down and watch the effect pressure has on any air space.
Peak Performance Buoyancy Dive (Recommended for all inexperienced divers)
Master and control your buoyancy with greater efficiency and ease. As a result, you will increase your comfort underwater and improve your air consumption. Take off your fins, do a somersaults, float upside down and play games. There are quit a few things we can do underwater to experiment with our buoyancy.
Night Dive (Very Recommended)
Enjoy an absolutely magical experience. See creature that are normally sleeps during the day such as Squids, Nudibranchs and Frog Fish. See octopus and moray out hunting. You might even find the famous Spanish Dancer feeding on the rock. At the end of the dive we may switch off ours lights. While lights are off, plankton illuminate in front of our eyes as we move our hands through the water. This is a dive that you would love.
Underwater Photography or Videography
Learn how to capture all the wonders of the underwater world. Take the memories of your experience back home. Make all your friends and family jealous by showing them your very own copy of all the images or videos that you have captured underwater.
Multilevel & Computer Dive
Understand the importance of dive computers. Find how they can help you maximizing your depths and times in the safest possible way. Dive computers are supplied for this dive.
Practice drifting a dive site while avoiding any contact with the aquatic life and bottom. Practice using a Signal Marker Buoy to advise the boat of your location at the end of a dive.
Aware – Fish Identification Dive
Master the control your buoyancy while observing and identifying different fish families, groups and species. Use one of our fish slates, draw diagrams, take notes or even borrow one of our underwater cameras to assist you on your adventure. We recommend before this dive, reading our Zanzibar Fish ID page.
Underwater Naturalist Dive
Practice the control of your buoyancy while passively observing the abundance of Zanzibar’s aquatic life. Learn to identify vertebrates (turtles, Dolphins, Fish etc.), Invertebrates (Octopus, Cuttlefish, Shrimps etc.) and Aquatic plants. Increase your knowledge of how to preserve the aquatic environment.
Emergency First Response
(Obligatory before participating in the Rescue Course).
1 Day course that will provide you with the knowledge to perform CPR, First Aid and Secondary Care. Whether you are a diver or a not, this course will give you the necessary skills to properly handle a potentially life threatening situation. The majority of the course is practical. You will watch videos, practice skills and participate in emergency scenarios, from dealing with a small wound to helping an unconscious person. Here at Spanish Dancer we know that this is a serious subject but, that doesn’t mean we can not enjoy ourselves while we learn.
PADI Rescue Diver
(Must have Emergency First Response or equivalent).
This is a 3-4 day course and covers the more serious side of Diving. But even so we can still have fun while we learn all about rescue in diving. In fact, this might be the most rewarding course you will do. As a result, you’ll be more confident and able diver.
You will need to read a manual and complete an exam. Still, most of the course is taught in water and that’s where we’ll be headed from day one. This is a very hands-on course and you should be a confident diver before participation.
Rescue Skills that you will master
- Self Rescue: Be self reliant and be able to help yourself in certain situations.
- Tired Diver: Assist an overexerted or a tired diver. Very useful in everyday diving.
- Panicked Diver: Approach, make contact, help and even escape the clutches of a panicked diver.
- Response from Shore or Boat: Make non water assists and safe water entry assists.
- Distress Diver Underwater: Identify distress and assist in the appropriate manner while all the time keeping yourself safe.
- Surfacing an Unresponsive Diver: Surface an unconscious diver using advanced buoyancy techniques to minimize your own stress and energy output.
- Unresponsive Diver at the Surface: Tow an unconscious diver to safety while proving life saving rescue breaths.
- Exiting an Unresponsive Diver: Techniques for remove equipment as well as exit an unconscious diver from the water.
- First Aid and Oxygen Administration: Provide oxygen and deal with pressure related injuries.
- Response from Shore/Boat or Dock : Make an in water rescue to an unconscious non breathing diver.
Specialty Courses enhance your knowledge and experience within different diving environments.
We require a minimum of two students for booking any of our PADI Specialty courses.
4 dives course, including all you need to know about deep diving. Understand the effects of pressure on our body, mind and air consumption. In addition, you will learn how to deal with the increased risks factors of being at greater depths. Once completed, you will be certified to 40m. Only advanced divers can participate in this course.
3 dives course to master all the skill necessary to night dive. You will even conduct one of the night dives yourself.
During this 2 dives course you will be taught everything from camera operation to editing your photos. Assembling the camera, shooting underwater picture, disassembling and also maintaining. And it goes without saying all the pictures are yours to keep.
Peak Performance Buoyancy
During the 2 dives you will practice different techniques in buoyancy control and lung control. You will be given exercises and play games. As a result, you will see a huge difference in your understanding of buoyancy underwater.
This course consists of 3 dives. You will learn everything necessary to get you started as an underwater navigator. You will gain experience in the use of a compass, a line, a reel and even end up mapping a dive area.
Aware: Fish Identification
2 course dives, learning how to breakdown the fish into family groups and then into species. You will record abundance and habitat and even draw unfamiliar fish to identify using our fish ID books back in the center. Feel free to borrow one of our free cameras to help you through the dives. Enrich your knowledge of Zanzibar fish species on our Fish ID page.