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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

  • 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, peak performance buoyancy 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.  

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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 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.

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.  


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

 $110Per 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 Monday - Sunday: 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 13 October 2022 -
Fayetteville, NC
great Dive trip

I had a great experience with ProDives Cairns. I did a reffered Open water certification. My instructor was Molly and she did a great job making sure I did everything to standard then took me on an extra dive to make sure I understood everything that I learned prior to coming on this trip. She made me relax and enjoy my time underwater, the rest of the crew was also great. Mariaus did a great job cooking delicious food for everyone. All the other guests were great people and we all got along well and enjoyed each others company. I believe there were 8 nationalities on the ship.
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- Reviewed 19 June 2022 -
Sarah R
Amazing experience

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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- Reviewed 3 August 2022 -
First Liveaboard experience and now Advanced Open Water & Nitrox certified!

This was our first experience on a liveaboard - it was amazing and definitely a memorable one!My husband and I completed the Advanced Open Water Course with instructor Courtney who was absolutely fabulous, kind and very patient instructor. We had daily briefings with Caro, and also had Lucy and Michael who were amazing. Safety always comes first. Not forgetting Scott who never kept us hungry and cooked such amazing delicious food! And our skipper Angus who kept us going. Journey was very rocky but we were pre-warned and took Travacalm regularly to keep us going.What an energetic, professional group of people - we are so happy we went with ProDive on the 3-day liveaboard! Thank you guys and keep up the good work!Cheers, Beth & Tim
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