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Advanced PADI open water & Enriched air course 

PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diving and Nitrox Enriched Air Certification 

  • 11 dives
  • Dive Insurance
  • Transfers
  • All Dive equipment
  • Double or twin share
  • All meals
  • Free Wifi

  • PADI

Advanced certification with Nitrox 

Combining the PADI Advanced & Enriched Air (Nitrox) courses is a convenient way to get the most out of your Advanced certification liveaboard trip. The Advanced Course will sharpen your skills and expand your diving knowledge, and the Nitrox Certification allows for the use of enriched air instead of compressed air. Using nitrox extends your allowable bottom time and reduces your nitrogen load over multiple dives - making it ideal for liveaboard trips. Conducted on board Pro Dive Cairns' three-day, two-night, liveaboard dive trip; there's no more spectacular classroom than The Great Barrier Reef, with its abundant marine life, diverse dive sites and year-round excellent diving conditions.   

The theory component of the certification begins pre-trip.  Within 24hrs of your booking, you will be provided with details on how to log into the online PADI eLearning portal and begin your course. Here you will read and watch the prerequisite content,  along with a final knowledge review. Completing the theory component prior to the trip allows for the maximum number of nitrox dives possible.

This course combination consists of theory and includes 11 dives, of which five are training dives. Theory can be easily completed onboard as there are no formal classroom or pool training sessions involved with either course. The required theory involves reading the PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) and Advanced Open Water manuals and completing the relevant knowledge reviews before the training dives. Our course is designed to have minimal intrusion on the enjoyment of your liveaboard experience with ample time set aside to complete the knowledge reviews throughout the trip. The pre-requisite for this course is a PADI Open Water certificate or equivalent from another training agency.

Pro Dive Cairns has access to a selection of 19 outer reef dive sites on four magnificent reefs: Flynn, Thetford, Milln and Pellowe Reef. Diving at different times throughout the day, you will be able to encounter an amazing diversity of marine life including giant clams, sea turtles, stingrays, reef sharks, an incredible variety of tropical fish, spectacular coral formations with consistent underwater visibility. Night diving will introduce a whole new dimension of nocturnal life.

Between dives, relax in comfort onboard one of our three premium Scubapro dive vessels. These purpose-built, liveaboard dive vessels feature air-conditioned twin bunk bed or double bed cabins, spacious decks, WiFi and catered meals. With small passenger numbers, we are able to offer a high quality, personal experience with dedicated attention from our professional staff.

Departing Cairns every day except Monday & Tuesday, our three-day, two-night liveaboard trips offer a truly memorable and exciting way to fully immerse yourself and experience our magnificent World Heritage Great Barrier Reef environment.

Important Health and Safety Information
Before commencing your course, you are required to complete the self-assessment Continuing Education Student Diver Medical Declaration. A positive response to any question indicates there is a pre-existing condition which may affect your safety while diving and you must consult a medical practitioner, preferably with experience in diving medicine, to obtain a dive medical certificate that states you are medically fit to dive. 
To obtain a copy of the Continuing Education Student Diver Medical Declaration, please click here. The medical must be completed within 12 months of starting your dive course.





  • Purpose built, PADI Five Star Dive and Career Development Centre
  • All dive crew are fully qualified PADI instructors. You will be diving with a passionate team of experienced professionals, ensuring the quality of your experience and your safety
  • Our boats carry a maximum of 32 passengers and six crew, providing you with a more personal experience
  • We provide a true liveaboard experience with our boats departing from and returning to Cairns for every three-day, two-night trip, with no boat to boat passenger transfers
  • Access to 19 high-quality dive sites ensuring a diverse range of reef environments and dives
  • Pro Dive Cairns is a high standard operator with Advanced Ecotourism Certification, committed to the long-term conservation of The Great Barrier Reef
  • Pro Dive Cairns has one of the highest safety standards in the world. With safety the number one priority, there is no safer place to dive in the world

Tour Itinerary

We recommend that you visit our retail shop located on the corner of Grafton and Shields streets the night before your trip to arrange the diving/snorkelling equipment, ensure the necessary paperwork is in order and to ensure your certification details are correct. The shop is open Monday - Wednesday: 12.00am - 6.00pm, Thursday - Friday: 9.00am - 6.00pm and Saturday: 12.00am - 6.00pm.

Please note, the below itinerary is a guide only, and the order of sites and dives may change. The skipper will always adapt the plan to the prevailing weather, tides and currents.

Additional Information

Tripadvisor Reviews

4.5Excellent! (Based on 1,090+ Reviews)

- Reviewed 14 June 2022 -
Ben H
Great trip great crew

Loved my time aboard the pro dive boat. I was on the 3d 2n live aboard as a certified diver. The crew were excellent and made you feel welcome definently recommend this company keep youre eye out for Angus the captain hes a great guy and got us too and from the reef safely
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- Reviewed 19 August 2022 -
Island hopper
Marlow, UK
5 Day Learn to Dive

I've always wanted to learn to scuba dive, but also had a few worries... Before booking, Pro Dive answered all my questions, so I decided to go for it and am so pleased I did. I did the open water PADI course in a small group taught by Flo. She made the theory understandable, took us through all the pool exercises, but most importantly her support when were in the water was outstanding. She is so calm, clear and reassuring, that we all felt safe and grew in confidence throughout. By the end of the qualification I felt confident enough to go off with my buddy on a fun dive, something I never would have thought I'd be doing a few days before! I also loved the Live-aboard, I could definitely get used to the sleep-dive-eat routine. This course opened up a whole new world for me, thank you!
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- Reviewed 26 June 2022 -
Consider another operator if you're an experienced diver

I wish I had read some of the reviews from more experienced divers before I booked the 3 day liveaboard with prodive. Writing this review to cover the things I wish i knew before booking.The crew did their best with what they had but ultimately its just a low cost, low quality, high volume operation:- most divers on board were doing their ow certification, which I think influenced the sites we went to. We spent most of our time on flynn reef and only moved to milln reef for the last two dives. Not sure about the rest of the GBR but a lot of the sites were bleached and sad.- no guides are provided, and you're on your own to navigate to the sites and find interesting critters. Quite a few people I talked to didn't end up in the right place or see the things we were supposed to. Instead of enjoying the dives, a lot of it was trying to situate ourselves or look after the more inexperienced divers. If no guides are provided, than a minimum number of dives would be appropriate to ensure safety- no effort was made to buddy up solo divers based on experience and air consumption. It was uncomfortable seeing someone realise their buddy was highly inexperienced and try to communicate that they didn't feel safe or confident with them as a buddy as we were getting ushered into the water.- open water divers were on their own without guides/divemasters immediately after getting certified, and a lot of them looked pretty rattled. All the safety checks and head counts seem pretty pointless if they're happy to send out two extremely inexperienced divers out on their own- no idea why the staff didn't tell divers to take motion sickness tablets when we were checking in or before boarding the boat - they told us way too late when the boat was already in choppy waters, and 20+ people threw up for 2 hours straight.- this last point is being picky but the boat was at full capacity which meant uncomfortably cramped seating arrangements for meals, and being in each other's way when we were putting on our gear - this could easily be managed by staggering entry into water by groups rather than have all 32 people getting ready at the same time.
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