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Aqua Ventura Diving PADI Adventure Dive

RAID Explorer 30

  • Duration 1/2 Day
  • Min Age : 15+

You’ve caught the diving bug, and you’re contemplating your next specialty course, or perhaps you’ve recently earned your open water qualification and are eager to deepen your knowledge of the underwater world. Well, the answer to those inquiries and more lies in the EXPLORER 30 program.

EXPLORER 30 is an exciting and enjoyable program that prioritizes practical diving experience over extensive academics. As an EXPLORER 30 student, you’ll embark on five dives, allowing you ample time to relish your underwater journey while honing your skills in key areas of diving.

This course includes three core dives: Deep (with an optional Trimix component), Navigation, and Buoyancy. Additionally, you’ll select two elective dives from a list of twelve possibilities. Each of these dives is meticulously crafted to build upon the knowledge and skills acquired during your RAID Open Water 20 course. For instance, the buoyancy dive, in particular, helps divers refine a skill that distinguishes them and provides a level of competence and comfort in the water that usually takes traditionally-trained divers many dives to attain.

The RAID Explorer 30 program serves as the ideal stepping stone for advancing your diving education, with future plans to pursue even more advanced training.

How Do I Get My Certification?

To earn your Explorer 30 certification, you need to read the manuals for each section and complete the quizzes. Once you have passed all the quizzes, you can proceed to the exam. It is important to select and contact a RAID Dive Centre and arrange for your practical in-water training. They will arrange your class and in-water sessions and help you with equipment advice or purchases.


  • The minimum age for this course is 15 years old.
  • Be certified as a RAID Open Water 20 diver or equivalent

You will be required to a complete some mandatory paperwork which consists of a dive medical questionnaire, a liability release, and a safe diving practices form. If there are any potential medical issues, you will need to complete a medical form signed by a licensed physician prior to participating in any in-water sessions. Once you have registered with RAID, you can access all the required paperwork online in Your Profile.

Course Structure

Together with your instructor, you will be guided through the following:

  • A review of all your mandatory paperwork.
  • Academic knowledge vital to this program, including a review of your quizzes and exam.

During the RAID Explorer 30 program, you will have the chance to try out five different specialty taster dives, which will include the following:

  • A buoyancy dive to make your buoyancy even better than it already is, this will make you safer, more relaxed and give you even more controlled diving.
  • A navigation dive which will teach you to be more independent, allowing you to explore new dive sites safely.
  • A deep dive where you will learn and understand the procedures for planning and executing deeper dives up to 30 meters / 100 feet.
  • You will then have a choice of two elective dives based on what interests you, although this may be adjusted due to dive conditions, environmental factors.
  • You will gain skills to dive in a range of different environments and dive sites.

Later, you can choose to complete all or just a few of your selected specialties through a Specialty Course by completing the remaining dives and finishing all academic requirements.


Once certified as an Explorer 30 diver, you will be able to dive in an environment similar or better to that which you were certified in, with a buddy, to a maximum of 30 meters / 100 feet.

The RAID Explorer 30 program with Aqua Ventura Divers is an exciting and comprehensive scuba diving course designed to enhance divers’ skills and knowledge in various core areas of diving. 

  1. Certification Level

    The RAID Explorer 30 program is a higher-level scuba diving course, typically pursued after completing the Open Water 20 certification. It’s perfect for divers who want to expand their expertise and experience.

  2. Academics

    Unlike some other advanced courses, the Explorer 30 program prioritizes practical diving experience over extensive classroom academics. While there is some theoretical content, it is kept to a minimum, allowing participants to focus on diving.

  3. Dive Focus

    The heart of the Explorer 30 program is the opportunity to complete five dives, each with a specific focus. These dives are designed to deepen participants’ understanding and mastery of core diving skills. The program includes:

    • Three Core Dives: These are typically Deep (with an option for Trimix), Navigation, and Buoyancy dives. The Deep dive allows participants to explore greater depths, while Navigation hones their ability to navigate underwater. The Buoyancy dive refines one of the most crucial skills in diving, offering divers a high level of comfort and control in the water.
    • Two Elective Dives: Participants can choose two elective dives from a list of twelve possible options. These electives cater to various interests and skill areas, allowing divers to tailor their experience. Electives might include wreck diving, night diving, underwater photography, and more.
  4. Advanced Training

    The Explorer 30 program serves as an excellent bridge between basic certification and more advanced training. It equips divers with the skills and confidence needed to pursue further certifications and dive experiences.

  5. Practical Experience

    The emphasis on practical experience means that participants spend a significant amount of time underwater, honing their skills in real-world conditions. This hands-on approach fosters competence and confidence in divers.

  6. Safety and Comfort

    Safety is a top priority, and participants are guided by certified RAID instructors who ensure that all dives are conducted with the highest safety standards. Comfort and competence in the water are cultivated, enabling divers to tackle various underwater challenges with ease.

  7. Preparation for Advanced Training

     The Explorer 30 program prepares divers for more advanced training, making it an ideal stepping stone for those who aspire to become Master Divers or explore specialized areas of diving.

  8. Flexible Learning

     The program is adaptable to individual preferences, allowing divers to choose elective dives that align with their interests and goals.

Aqua Ventura Divers RAID Explorer 30 program with offers a dynamic and hands-on approach to advanced scuba diving training. Participants gain valuable experience in a variety of diving scenarios and develop essential skills, setting the stage for further diving adventures and certifications.


Price Includes

  • Scuba Equipment Rental
  • All required materials and equipment for the course, logbook
  • Dives with a RAID Instructor
  • All Government Taxes & Dive Site Fees


  • $403 | Promo $367
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