PADI Advanced Open Water Dive Training Course

Course Schedule

Night Before Departure

If you have time we suggest you drop into our retail shop, located on the corner of Shields & Grafton Streets, where you can arrange your dive equipment for the trip (this means you won’t have to do it at 6:00am on the morning of your trip!). Otherwise please reconfirm with ProDive on telephone 07 4031-5255.

Day 1

  • Dives 1 & 2: Two pleasure dives to give you an introduction to diving on the Great Barrier Reef. This is also a great opportunity for you to acclimatize to the diving conditions, fine tune your skills or even to refresh your skills if it has been some time since your last dive.
  • Dive 3 - Navigation Dive: After revising your knowledge review, your instructor will brief you on your navigation dive where you will complete some exercises using both compass and natural references to help improve your underwater navigation skills.
  • Dive 4 - Night Dive: Here you will be introduced to night diving on the Great Barrier Reef. You will complete a simple navigation exercise before being given a guided tour with your instructor. During your night dive you can expect to find sleeping turtles, parrot fish and a variety of other marine life only encountered at night.

Days 2 & 3

  • Dive 1 - Deep Dive: During this dive we will give you the experience to safely conduct dives beyond your 18metre depth limit as an open water diver. Under the close supervision of your dive instructor you will be taken down to 30metres, where you will be tested for signs of nitrogen narcosis, shown the effects of increased pressure and colour absorption at depth.

With your three core dives now completed, you have five (5) day dives remaining to complete the last 2 dives of your Advanced training dives, all designed to introduce you to other interesting areas of diving which you may wish to learn more about.

Choose from the following elective dives to complete your course:

  • Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB): This training dive is designed for divers to fine tune their buoyancy control by learning correct weighting techniques, correct positioning of weights & tanks and breathing techniques. As a diver with effective buoyancy control you will be protecting not just yourself but also the delicate coral reef by minimising contact. Good buoyancy control also helps reduce air consumption.
  • Underwater Naturalist: To learn more about the Great Barrier Reef and its ECO system this dive is an absolute must. We will teach you how to identify the main families of fish from Damselfish to Trigger fish you will also be taught how to identify the different corals. If this dive interests you make sure you don't miss the opportunity to go to Reef Teach the night before your trip departs.(Additional costs apply).
  • Underwater Photography: If you want to take home some lasting memories this elective dive is ideal. On your Underwater Photography dive you will be taught pre and post dive camera care and you will also be shown how to get the best results from your underwater camera. After loading your underwater camera your dive will simply involve exposing a role of film trying to capture the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. If you do not have your own camera you can hire a digital underwater camera at a cost of AUD$35 per dive.
  • Search and Recovery: If you have ever lost anything while you have been diving or treasure hunting appeals to you then this option will be very useful for you. During this dive you will learn skills not only how to conduct searches but also how to retrieve submerged objects from the ocean floor. We will teach you how to swim various search patterns using your compass or a simple length of rope. You will also be shown how to correctly secure objects to a lift bag and bring them back to the surface.
  • Boat Diving: Many divers learn to dive and make dozens of dives before they ever set foot on a dive boat; others learn to dive from one type of boat, but have little experience diving from others. If you fit in either group, the Boat Diving elective will speed your transition to diving from boats or boats you're not familiar with.

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