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Advanced PADI open water COURSE

PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver certification


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

  • PADI

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, or underwater photography. Other elective options may be available which you can discuss with your instructor.  

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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 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.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION: Pro Dive Cairns is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all our customers and staff when travelling with us and attending our facilities. As a COVID Safe company, it will be a requirement that all customers and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For more information visit our COVID Information Hub.


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: 

Nitrox Advanced PADI

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.  

ENRICHED AIR PACKAGE (nITROX) 

Only available for divers with enriched air (Nitrox) certification. 11 dives with enriched air (Nitrox) provided.  


$100Per person

Optional Upgrade


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 7 days a week from 9:30am to 7:00pm.

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 May 2022 -
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Nic
Loved it

Loved the three day liveaboard dive trip with these guys. Instructors are a good mix of professionalism and fun, and super knowledgeable about the dive sites and animals that live there.  Having not dived for a few years, I found the refresher session in the pool with Lucy well…
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- Reviewed May 2022 -
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Veronika
My Australian Highlight

Diving with Pro Dive Cairns was my highlight during my time in Australia. Diving at the Great Barrier Reef is insanely stunning and thanks to my diving instructor I felt safe and well prepared to dive there.
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- Reviewed March 2022 -
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gypsywonderings
Darwin, Australia
Best way to see The Great Barrier Reef

Whether you are certified, looking to get certified or just a snorkeller, Pro Dive is a fit for everyone. The crew were awesome, the boat was clean and safe and we were served never-ending delicious food. The best way to see The Great Barrier Reef!
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