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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. 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 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: 

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 - 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 3 August 2022 -
Graeme C
Melbourne, Australia
Great experience and diving

Fantastic and well organised trip. I was doing my Advanced Open Water and Nitrox course (good combination!), and the diving and dive sites were great. Plenty of yummy food, and the crew looked after us really well. Particular shout out to Caleb as the AOW instructor - educative and in control without micro-managing - and Kevin as supervisor, who was equal parts entertaining and informative.
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- Reviewed 19 October 2022 -
Sue H
Dandenong, Australia
Feel totally spoilt, 10 fab dives, good tuition and support, great food and compsny

I did a night dive!!!!!Aaaaaand found my first eel!!👏🏼👏🏼Saw soooo many soft snd hard corals, Nemo!!! and Dori!!! Also lovely tropical fish, turtles and sharks
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- Reviewed 23 November 2022 -
Gav B
You are never to old to experience diving with Pro Dive Cairns

I want to thank Pro Dive for an amazing experience, for the value of such an experience both personally and within the economic valueI would also like to express as a 56 year old how amazing my instructor and dive master, Satoshi was, he took his time in a space that had to fit a lot of knowledge and training within a short amount of time.What Satoshi gifts is a formal knowledge and an ability to share this knowledge calmly and without frustration, a sometimes rare trait in today's fast paced environment... he would often take that breath to explain, show and listen to each of us and our individual needs. He also gifts a beautiful sense of play, his play is sensitive, and is in no way showing off; he offers an experience of flow within his play, encouraging us students to breathe and find our own sense of curiosity. Lastly Satoshi encouraged us, he gave us permission to learn through a somatic expression—by both talking and showing us the things we needed to learn, he then took the time to allow each of us to find our own unique sense of learning, he listened and watched us, encouraging even within our mistakes.I appreciate that he took me as an elder diver under his wing, Satoshi never stopped encouraging me, giving me confidence to keep experiencing.I also want to say everyone at Pro Dive were amazing... the boat was great, the food fantastic, beds comfortable, knowledge of the reef and inclusion of everyone into a team is very special.And everyone at the store, booking in and helping me was greatThank you again for a very special 56 birthday Kindness Gav
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