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Explorer 30 or Advanced 35

Discussion in 'RAID' started by MattBPW, Jul 21, 2018.

  1. MattBPW

    MattBPW Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Perth
    Greetings folks, quick question.

    Having briefly looked at what info is available on the internet does anyone know the difference/value of differentiating between the RAID Explorer 30 and Advanced 35 courses?

    Obviously other than having an advisory bottom limit of either 30 or 35 meters what are the differences between these 2 courses?

    Looking at the RAID diagram it looks like having completed the OW 20 course a student can chose either the 30 or 35 so i am wondering why bother with the 30 when you no doubt get all the same knowledge and training with the 35? Seems to be an extra course stuck in for the sake of a course?

    Very happy to be educated and certainly not trying to start a slanging match.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Bernhelm

    Bernhelm Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: San Francisco, CA
    I'm also interested in this question. Planning on joining a liveaboard cruise next year (the Giamani out of Phuket, Thailand) and would like to complete an advanced cert and Nitrox course on the liveaboard. I have about 100 dives, including some 100ft+ ones, but am only SSI Open Water certified right now.

    According to the Colona liveaboards site, you need Nitrox cert to even do the Advanced 35, so looks like I'll be going with Explorer 30.

    It sounds like Explorer 30 is a lighter course that shares some material with Advanced 35, but the Advanced 35 requires an hour of confined water (pool?) training, while the Explorer doesn't.

    Basically, I'd do the Advanced 35 if you're able. I'm only going Explorer 30 because it fits my trip schedule better, and maybe I'll do Advanced 35 later.

    Would love anyone to chime in on how these two certs are viewed by different operators, though, especially in comparison to PADI and SSI advanced open water.

    Personally, I've only had one operator scoff at my SSI Open Water (it was a boat out of Monterey, CA with a more technical group going that weekend), and everywhere else I've been (Hawaii, Australia, Belize, Roatan, Norcal and soCal), it hasn't been an issue with dive operators.

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