PADI Advanced Open Water Course


Once you have completed your PADI Open Water Course, the next step is to enhance your scuba skills with the PADI Advanced Open Water Program. We offer regular Advanced Open Water diver courses from Cairns.

There are no formal classroom sessions with this PADI course, and no exam! The only academic work required is to read the relevant chapters in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Manual and complete the knowledge reviews at the end of each chapter.

Then the fun begins! You will need a minimum of two days to complete your PADI Advanced Open Water Course on the Great Barrier Reef, on board our luxury day trip vessel AquaQuest.

Your training dives will include a boat dive, peak performance buoyancy dive, deep dive and navigation dive.


Two days

Course Outline:

Two day trips on board AquaQuest


Every Saturday from 20 June


  • Two of our 17 outer reef locations per day
  • All snorkelling and scuba equipment, including dive computer, including air fills and full tuition
  • Fresh chilled water, tea and coffee

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2 Day PADI Advanced Course

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Per person

​Includes all equipment and tuition. Prices valid from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. Taxes/Levies are per person, per day (subject to change without notice). Fee includes: Environmental Management Charge (EMC) $7.00. Fuel, Port, and Administration Charges $13.00.

Additional info

Prerequisites and forms


  • Snacks and beverages
  • Photo purchases
  • Digital camera hire
  • Quality souvenirs

What to bring

  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Cert card and logbook

Medical and altitude information

All scuba participants must meet medical questionnaire requirements. Some conditions or medications may prevent you from diving.

Currently the rules state that for a single no decompression dive, you should not fly/go to altitude for at least 12 hours, or 18 hours after multiple dives. Divers Den recommends waiting a minimum 24 hours whenever possible. These are guidelines only, there is no guarantee that these recommendations will prevent decompression sickness. There are no current guidelines regarding diving after flying.

Altitude is defined as 300m/1000ft above sea level. Certain other tourist attractions around Cairns and Tropical North Queensland involve travelling to altitude. These include the Atherton Tablelands and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, so we recommend a gap between booking these experiences and any dive course or trip. Under normal circumstances, you should be out of the water on your last dive by 2pm.



“I did my advanced open water course with them in October last year as a 2D1N liveaboard. There is nothing I can fault them for. The rooms were clean and beds comfortable, and the food delicious and plentiful. The instructors were friendly, patient and knowledgeable. The dives themselves are easy and relaxing with plenty to see. The night dive still ranks as one of my favourites, with a lot of grey reef sharks and giant trevallies. I would definitely recommend doing a live aboard with divers den if you want to experience the GBR on a budget and limited time.”

– Prash