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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 30 June 2022 -
Carolyn W
Brisbane, Australia
Great trip

The 3 day Minke whale trip is a great adventure. The boat is a good size for the number of people and the dive deck for the number of divers. Easy access in and out of the water. Beds comfy, food plentiful and tasty. Our skipper and all the staff very friendly and helpful. Our trip was pretty hairy in terms of weather conditions, but seasick tablets were available and they got us home safe. Most importantly we did see Minkes! Not as many as previous trips, but we did have one brief in-water encounter. The luck of the draw. The diving was lovely. Overall a great trip.
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- Reviewed 3 July 2022 -
Brendan C
Brisbane, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is still amazing!

My partner and I booked the 4 day 3 night live aboard hoping to see Minke whales in late June 2022. Unfortunately we weren't able to go up to Ribbon Reefs as the wind and swell were too rough that was a little disappointing at first.Instead we went to Flynn and Milln reefs about 35miles east of Cairns and the dive spots were great! I was so pleasantly surprised at how comfortable I felt on the boat and the food was amazing.The crew worked their absolute backsides off to make sure we had everything we needed. Big shoutout to Jordan, Pedro, Leo, Caro, Martin and Tim. There was 24 divers on the boat and they got to know each of us, kept the boat clean and offered plenty of help with diving of course.Thanks guys for making my partner and my first live aboard experience such a great one! I would definetely go on another live aboard with this company again.
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- Reviewed 10 August 2022 -
庭宇 鄭
Beware of the package trip of OW+AOW

Before the trip, we’ve called to the ProDive and check the trip we booked. They said it is a package of OW and AOW. But after the trip, ProDive charge us for extra money and said that AOW was not included in the package. Furthermore, the ‘AOW’ is not the Advanced Open Water, is Adventure Open Water, which I never heard before. And then they said if we want to get Advanced Open Water, we have to finish another 5 dives, which is impossible for us to finish in this trip. Although the staff on boat is wonderful, but the experience is poor at the end.
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