- Dive Insurance
- All Dive equipment
- Double or twin share
- All meals
take your dive skills to the next level
The PADI Advanced Open Water Course is the first step beyond basic certification and is designed to develop your confidence underwater by expanding your existing skills. Conducted on the Pro Dive Cairns three-day, two-night liveaboard dive trip, there is no more spectacular classroom than The Great Barrier Reef itself, with its abundance of marine life and excellent diving conditions year round.
The prerequisite for this course is a PADI Open Water certificate or equivalent from another training agency. There are no formal classroom sessions involved, but students will need to read through the PADI Advanced Open Water manual and answer the relevant knowledge review questions for each training dive. 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.
Our PADI Advanced Open Water course offers 11 dives with 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.
The Advanced certification requires the completion of three core dives: deep dive, underwater navigation, and night dive. You must also complete two elective dives, which can include nitrox, underwater naturalist, peak performance buoyancy, boat. Other elective options may be available which you can discuss with your instructor.
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 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 PADI Advanced Open Water 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.
Why Choose Pro Dive Cairns?
- 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
Additional Courses or Optional Extras:
Advanced & Enriched air PACKAGE (NITROX)
Combine the Enriched Air (Nitrox) course with the PADI Advanced Course to get the most out of your three days on The Great Barrier Reef.
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.
If you are interested in learning more about The Great Barrier Reef and its ecosystem this dive is an absolute must. Learn how to identify the main families of fish from damselfish to triggerfish. You will also learn to recognise the different corals. If this dive interests you make sure you do not miss the Reef Teach marine biology presentation the night before your trip departs.
PEAK PERFORMANCE BUOYANCY (PPB)
This training dive is designed for divers to fine-tune their buoyancy control by learning correct weighting techniques, proper 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.
Many divers learn to dive, and make dozens of dives before ever setting foot on a dive boat; others learn from a particular type of vessel but have no experience attempting it from other platforms. This module will familiarise you with the techniques required to dive from different types of dive vessels.
- Clothing and swimwear
- Warm clothes for the evening
- 2 x towels (ocean/shower)
- Dive medical if required
(ask us if you are not sure)
- Sun hat
- Marine safe sunscreen & toiletries
- Certification card (certified divers)
- Seasickness medication
- Shoes are not necessary
- Alcoholic beverages if you would like a drink in the evening
- Sleeping bags
- Extra luggage (luggage can be stored securely at our retail shop)
Your safety and comfort is our number one priority. Please let our experienced instructors know if you are worried, stressed or not feeling well at any point.
Before commencing your dive 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.
The medical must be completed within 12 months of starting your dive course.
We recommend that you do not fly within 24 hours of diving. The earliest you should fly is 12 pm (midday) on the day after your trip concludes.
You can cancel your dive course for any reason at any time up to 48 hours before commencement and receive a full refund of all money paid to Pro Dive Cairns. There is no refund for any reason after this time. If you plan to book through a travel agent, please ask if they have any cancellation fees. We recommend that all customers have travel insurance.
The number of dives may vary subject to weather and/or other unforeseen circumstances.
Fantastic experience and fantastic crew! Rooms were great, bathrooms clean and with hot water, and of course great sighting of turtles, whales, bull rays, sting rays, sharks and nemo fish to state a few!
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Our family of 6 (all recently certified divers, with me having 24 years between dives 😳!) + 78yo grandmother just completed the 3 day/2 night Liveaboard. Though a rough ride (extremely choppy seas and huge swells), the staff were amazing and so compassionate and caring of all our needs. From the shop front - Isobel, who was super friendly and patient eventually finding us on the ISC site, to the cool Rafa - our skipper, Kevin - super knowledgeable (and funny) in his capacity as the dive coordinator, and caring of my 78yo mother who attempted to snorkel, but didn’t due to the huge swells. The crew were a well oiled machine, all knew what they had to do and executed each task with impressive efficiency. The facilities were excellent and the food was great (thanks Davida). Safety was always the #1 priority and I felt extremely confident letting my 15yo son buddy dive with one of his siblings. We saw reef sharks, turtles, nudibranchs, flute fish, giant clams, amongst schools of fish and beautiful coral. Ticking this experience off our bucket list, we feel blessed that we were able to see the GBR whilst we still could. Thank you ProDive Cairns 👍🏼😊!
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Just finished my open water course (5 day course, 3day live aboard) with ProDive Cairns and had such a great time. Flo and Kevin were amazing instructors, who I don’t think even stopped from the minute they picked us up in the bus to go to the training centre, til we got off the boat on day 5. The knowledge, care and attention to detail doesn’t go unnoticed. From teaching us in the class room, cleaning the lunch station in between our training videos, doing 13 dives over 5 days, hooking the tender on the back of the boat with 20 knot winds, cleaning dishes and bathrooms, stripping down the linen and always being so happy and helpful. They have made our experience unforgettable, I hope the crew are well looked after because they really do go above and beyond!
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