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3 Day 2 Night Open Water Dive Course



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.  



Day 1 : Day 1 - Cairns to Great Barrier Reef
5:45am - Complimentary hotel transfer available from any Cairns City and Northern Beaches accomodation. 6:20am - Check-in at Pro Dive Cairns retail shop (Cnr of Grafton and Shields Street), 7:00am - Depart Cairns and served a light breakfast onboard, 11:00am - Dive 1 Your first dive is before lunch. A dive guide will be offered for those divers who have not dived in a while. This is an opportunity for you to acclimatise to the diving conditions, fine-tune your skills or even to refresh your skills if it has been some time since your last dive, 12:30pm - Lunch, 2:30pm - Dive 2 If you choose peak performance buoyancy as one of your elective dives, we will use this dive to help you fine-tune your buoyancy, weight adjustments and equipment trim in preparation for the remaining dives. Otherwise, head off and discover more underwater delights. Once you have completed your dive, the vessel moves on to the next site, 4:30pm - Dive 3 During this dive you will complete exercises using both a compass and natural references to help improve your underwater navigation skills, 6:00pm - Dinner, 7:45pm - Dive 4 An introduction to night diving on The Great Barrier Reef. Your instructor will help you prepare and plan for future night dives that you may do without the supervision of an instructor. Your instructor will accompany you on this training dive for your comfort and safety. During the dive, you will complete a simple navigation exercise before a guided tour, where you could find sleeping turtles, parrotfish and a variety of other marine life only encountered at night.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 : Day 2 - Great Barrier Reef
7:00am - Dive 5 Deep Dive During this dive, we will give you the experience to safely conduct dives beyond your 18 metre depth limit. Under the close supervision of your dive instructor, you will conduct a deep dive where you will be shown the effects of increased pressure and colour absorption at depth, 9:00am - Breakfast, 11:15am Dive 6 Underwater Naturalist If you’re 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 be taught how to identify the different corals. If this dive interests you make sure you don’t miss the Reef Teach marine biology presentation the night before your trip departs, 12:45pm - Lunch, 3:15pm - Dive 7 Underwater Photography If you want to take home some lasting memories this elective dive is ideal. On your Underwater Photography dive you will be taught pre and post underwater camera care and how to get the best results from your underwater camera. After preparing your underwater camera your dive will simply involve trying to capture the beauty of The Great Barrier Reef. Digital underwater cameras are available to hire onboard or at our retail shop at an extra cost, 5:45pm - Dinner, 7:30pm - Dive 8 Night Dive After a briefing from the dive supervisor it's now time to put your training into practice.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Day 3 - Great Barrier Reef to Cairns
6:30am - Dive 9 Morning of pleasure diving and the opportunity to finish any additional training dives you may have not completed yet, 7:30am - Breakfast, 9:00am - Dive 10, 11:00am - Dive 11, 12:00pm - Lunch, 4:00pm - Complimentary return transfer to your accomodation, 7:30pm - Farewell dinner (optional, additional cost) Join fellow passengers and crew at a local restaurant for a farewell dinner.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch

Pickups / Departures

Courses commence every day except Sunday.

3-day/2-night liveaboard departs: Every day except Tuesday at 7:00am

3 day/2-night liveaboard returns: At 4:00pm

Note: Accommodation transfers are included (Cairns city to Northern Beaches as far as Palm Cove).


EXTRAS COSTS: AU$ 85 Reef taxes (April 1 2023 - March 31 2024) | AU$ 90 Reef taxes (April 1 2024 - March 31 2025) fuel levies, port departure tax, and admin fees.

MEDICAL INFORMATION: Some medical conditions may prevent you from diving. All students must read the 'Entry Level Student Diver Medical Declaration Form'. You will be required to obtain a dive medical certificate if you answer “yes” to any of the questions on the medical declaration - The dive medical must be completed PRIOR to starting the course and must be valid within 90 days of commencing the course.


If you have diabetes, please visit our website for information on diving with diabetes: http://www.prodivecairns.com.au/forms. 

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3 Day 2 Night Open Water Dive Course