PADI Advanced Open Water Dive Training Course

Tour Code: 52

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

  • Up to 11 dives throughout the trip
  • Weather permitting, you will rarely dive the same site more than twice.
  • Make a booking between May and September and into October to experience the annual migration of the mighty Humpback whales and the inquisitive Minke whales.

Included In Price

  • Accommodation transfers (Cairns & Northern Beaches)
  • 3 day and 2 night dive trip
  • 11 Dives (weather permitting)
  • A guided orientation dive and night dives
  • All dive and snorkelling equipment (includes dive computer and long-leg wetsuits)
  • Prescription lens masks (if required)
  • Double or twin share accommodation
  • PADI Advanced manual (available in English, German and Japanese)
  • Passport photos (required for certification)
  • Dive insurance
  • PADI Advanced Dive ID
  • All onboard meals
  • Twin cabin and Double accommodation onboard
  • All linen

Increase your diving skills and gain PADI Advanced Open Water Diving Certification with this course. Spend three days and two nights on the liveaboard on the spectacular Outer Great Barrier Reef and complete up to 11 dives, 2 being night dives, and 9 day dives.

Upgrade your knowledge and experience the reef at a deeper level.

There are no formal classroom sessions, however participants are required to read through the PADI ‘Adventures in Diving’ manual and answer the relevant knowledge reviews prior to participating.

The training course is made up of three core dives being ‘deep diving’, ‘underwater navigation’ and ‘night diving’ and two elective subject dives. 

Night Before Departure

If you have time we suggest you drop into our retail shop and arrange your dive equipment for the trip (this means you won’t have to do it at 6:00am on the morning of your trip!).

You can also learn about the reef and fish you will meet with the ‘Reef Teach’ – a 2.5-hour marine biology presentation. This is at an additional cost and is available every night except Sunday and Monday nights.

Day One: Diving the Great Barrier Reef

Check in at the retail shop to pick up equipment and depart Cairns for the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

Two pleasure dives will give you an introduction to diving on the Great Barrier Reef. This is also a great 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.

Navigation Dive - after revising your knowledge review, your instructor will brief you on your navigation dive where you will complete some exercises using both a compass and natural references to help improve your underwater navigation skills.

Night Dive - you will be introduced to night diving on the Great Barrier Reef. You will complete a simple navigation exercise before being given a guided tour with your instructor. During your night dive you can expect to find sleeping turtles, parrot fish and a variety of other marine life only encountered at night.

Day Two: Experience further diving on the Outer Great Barrier Reef

Deep Dive - during this dive we will give you the experience to safely conduct dives beyond your 18 metre depth limit as an open water diver. Under the close supervision of your dive instructor you will be taken down to 30 metres underwater.

With your three core training dives now completed, you have today and tomorrow remaining for pleasure dives and to complete the last two dives of your Advanced training dives, all designed to introduce you to other interesting areas of diving which you may wish to learn more about. You can select your last two training dives from either Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Photography, Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB) and Boat Diving. 

Day Three: Morning Dives and Return to Cairns

You have the morning to do some more pleasure diving and the opportunity to finish any additional training dives that you may not have completed yet, before returning to Cairns after lunch.

Tour Languages Offered
  • Chinese
  • English
  • German
  • Japanese
Departs From


Departure Time
  • Day 1: 5:45am – 8:30pm (diving the Great Barrier Reef)
  • Day 2: 7:00am – 8:30pm (diving the Great Barrier Reef)
  • Day 3: 6:30am – 4:00pm (diving the Great Barrier Reef, return to Cairns with option to join other guests & crew for a farewell dinner)
Departure Instructions
  • Our trip includes Cairns & Northern Beaches accommodation transfers (to as far north as Palm Cove)
  • Please advise your accommodation place at the time of booking or at least 48 hours prior to your trip departure reconfirm your booking
Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
  • Self-drive: make your own way to our training centre located at 116 Spence Street, Cairns for an 08:30am start
  • Please note, no pick-ups from the Airport or private addresses
  • Passengers can be collected from hotel or nearest pick-up point.

Great Barrier Reef

Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Wednesday - Monday


3 days, 2 nights

Fitness Level Required

Medium, Active, Disabled

  • The minimum age to learn to dive in Queensland is 12. There is no maximum age.
  • It is a dive course requirement that you be able to swim 200 metres or snorkel 300 metres and tread water/float for 10 minutes.
  • It is not recommended to fly within 24 hours of diving. This means that the earliest you should fly is 12pm (midday) on the day after your trip concludes.

Scuba Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving.
  • Participation is subject to a medical questionnaire completed on board with the tour operator
  • Minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba diving: a wait of 12 hours is recommended after one dive, 18 hour after 2 dives and at least 24 hours after multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Advanced Dive Medical Intro Dive Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Additional Information

Large suitcases / backpacks can be stored Free of Charge at the retail shop.

Eco Certifications
Advanced Ecotourism Certified
Eco Advanced Tourism
  • Passengers should bring a small overnight style bag on the boat.
  • Comfortable clothes for onboard the boat (warm clothing for the evening)
  • Cash or credit card for reef tax & additional on board purchases such as drinks, snacks and souvenirs.
  • Bath Towel
  • Beach Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Swimming costume
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat

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Wheelchair Accessibility

There are no wheelchair facilities on board. Able-bodied persons with disability may require assistance by a carer.

Additional Information

It is a dive course requirement that you be able to swim 200 metres or snorkel 300 metres and tread water/float for 10 minutes.
Pre-order Local Transport

You must arrange your own local transport in advance.

  • All passengers under the age of 18 must have a parent / guardian accompany them on board
  • Minimum age 12 years

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.

You can cancel your Learn to Dive course for any reason at any time up to the end of Day 1 of the course and receive a full refund of all money paid. There is no refund for any reason after this time.

PADI Advanced Open Water Dive Training Course

Tour Code: 52

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$1,090.00
Family: au$4,360.00

Tour Code: 52



15 yrs & over

12 - 14 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
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