Advanced Adventurer Dive Course

from $999 with 5 Boat Dives over 2 days

The Next Step in Diving... SSI Advanced Adventure course

Scuba diving is a challenging activity, but one you enjoy.  

So, if you are a certified Open Water Diver looking for your next adventure,  this course will expand your diving experience, increase your abilities and extend your diving depth qualification from 18m to 30m.   

And that opens up a bunch more dive sites to explore both here in New Zealand (especially at the Poor Knights Islands) and overseas where many of the great reef dives regularly take you to 30 metres.

And did we mention that you’ll also get to dive at the world famous Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve? This is a bucket list destination for divers and is world famous.  It was quoted as one of the top 10 diving destinations in the world by Jacques Cousteau.

The SSI Advanced Adventurer course will help expand your diving knowledge and increase your diving skills to a higher level,  This will help you become a better and safer diver.  And guess what?  You do all this by completing 5 fun filled dives with one of our amazing instructors and a little bit of light reading.

You do need to be comfortable in the water as a scuba diver and ready for a challenge to get the best out of this course.  But don’t worry, if it’s been a little while since you have been diving, you can complete a refresher session with us before the course to get you ready.


Through instruction, lectures, guided dives and practical exercises, this course will let you experience 5 different exciting Adventure dives.

What is an Adventure Dive? Dive number one from an SSI Specialty Dive course.  Most specialties involve 2 to 4 dives.  The adventure dive you do on this course can count towards your specialty is you choose to complete it.

We normally try and do the following 5 dives, but there are more dives to choose from, so let us know if you would prefer to do another specialty.  Sea and weather conditions can limit some of our choices:

  • Perfect Buoyancy
  • Underwater Navigation
  • Night Dive/Low visibility
  • Deep

Optional dives

  • Wreck Dive

  • Video/Photography

  • Search and Recovery

  • Scooter – DPV

  • Drysuit –  Requires an additional pool session and drysuit hire

  • Boat
  • Enriched Air Nitrox

Standard scheduled courses

Course Dates
Sat 3rd August from 7am & Sun 4th August from 7am - 5 dives at the Poor Knights
Sat 7th September and Sunday 8th September from 7am - 5 dives at the Poor Knights
Sat 5th October from 7am & Sun 6th October from 7am - 5 dives at the Poor Knights
Sat 2nd November from 7am & Sun 3rd November from 7am - 5 dives at the Poor Knights
Sat 7th December from 7am & Sun 8th December from 7am - 5 dives at the Poor Knights
Sat 21st December from 7am & Sun 22nd December from 7am - 5 dives at the Poor Knights
Sat 4th January from 7am & Sun 5th January from 7am - 5 dives at the Poor Knights
Sat 1st February from 7am & Sun 2nd February from 7am - 5 dives at the Poor Knights

We regulary schedule our SSI Advanced Adventure courses for the first weekend of every month, when we run our 3 dive day Saturday.  But sometimes during the year, we opt for doing a night dive (sometimes an extra option) during the week.


Course Pricing

Standard scheduled course with  4 to 6 participants $999

Privately scheduled course with 4 to 6 students $1099pp

Privately scheduled course with 3 students $1199 pp

Privately scheduled course with 2 students $1399pp

Privately scheduled course with 1 student $1799

If we do not have enough students to run a scheduled course, we can offer to run it for 2 students at an additional cost of $200 pp or for 3 students for an additional $150pp.  


Diving like any pastime requires practice to perfect existing skills and to learn new ones.  What the course is really about is growing an Open Water diver’s skill base through five fun filled open water dives and through the online study material. The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives.

It also opens up a range of different diving activities that you may wish to pursuit through other SSI Specialty courses.

The adventure dives that can be conducted on the course are:

What to expect from your course

Each dive is actually Dive One from a SSI Specialty course, so the skills that are taught are a taster of the skills that can be learned on the full specialty courses that are available with us at Dive Now.

By taking part in this course you will not only gain confidence in your diving ability, but gain the freedom to take part in a wider variety of fun dives.

This course emphasises student involvement in all aspects of dive planning and gives them the ability to safely plan the dives independently once the course is finished.



Costs: From $999 | 2 days | Day One you’ll do three dives at the Poor Knights Marine Reserve | Day Two you’ll do 2 boat dives to either the Poor Knights Marine Reserve or one of Northlands shipwrecks (weather dependent).


  • PADI or SSI Open Water Diver or equivalent
  • Recent diving experience (dives within the last 12 months) or a recent refresher session in our pool
  • 15 years old or older.  Divers younger are required to complete a private course due to depth restrictions

Before you start the course:

  • Before you start the course you must complete the online theory and complete the quizzes for the 5 dives you have chosen.  You’ll be pleased to know that there is no Final Exam on this course.
  • You have to fill out a Diver Medical to check whether you are fit to dive.
  • Ideally you’ll train using your own equipment, but all equipment can be hired from us if necessary.
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Transportation is not provided by Dive Now Whangarei, but we do our best to help organise car pooling to the dive sites.

Opening Hours | Mon-Fri 8.30-5.00pm  | Saturday 8.30 – 1pm | Sundays Closed

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