PADI Advanced Open Water Course

Overview

Once you have completed your PADI Open Water Course, the next step is to select the PADI Advanced Open Water Program. We offer Advanced Open Water diver courses from Cairns and Port Douglas.

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.

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

You can complete your Advanced certification from Cairns on a liveaboard trip on our overnight vessel OceanQuest, or from Port Douglas with two day trips on board our luxury vessel AquaQuest.

Choose your preferred option below. If you choose to do your course on board OceanQuest you can select a 2 day 1 night option with five training dives and one fun dive, or the 3 day 2 night course which allows for five training dives and six fun dives.

Duration:

Two or three days

Course Outline:

One or two nights on board OceanQuest from Cairns/2 day trips on board AquaQuest from Port Douglas

Included:

  • 2 day 1 night course: five training dives, one fun dive
  • 3 day course: five training dives, six fun dives
  • 2 day trips course (Port Douglas): five training dives
  • Two of our 17 outer reef locations per day
  • All snorkelling and scuba equipment, including dive computer, including air fills and full tuition
  • Accommodation on OceanQuest
  • All meals on board
  • Fresh chilled water, tea and coffee
  • Transfers from Cairns city accommodation

Book Your Course Now

2 Day 1 Night (OceanQuest, Cairns)

PADI Advanced Open Water cert
$800
Twin Cabin per person
$820
Double Cabin per person

3 Day 2 Night (OceanQuest, Cairns)

PADI Advanced Open Water certs
$1000
Twin Cabin per person
$1040
Double Cabin per person

2 Day Trips (AquaQuest, Port Douglas)

PADI Advanced Open Water certs
$728
Per person

Includes all equipment and tuition. Prices valid from 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020. Taxes/Levies: per person per day (subject to change without notice). Fee includes: EMC $6.50. Fuel, Port, and Administration Charges (Cairns departures only) $13.50.

Itinerary

2 Day /1 Night Course

2 Day / 1 Night (6 dives)

Day One

7.30am: Pick up from Cairns city accommodation and check in at our Dive Training Centre, then head to our transfer vessel, SeaQuest.

8.30am: Set off from Cairns Marlin Marina and enjoy a 90 minute cruise to the Great Barrier Reef, when you’ll receive a safety briefing

10am: Hit the water for a fun dive.

12pm: Enjoy a tasty buffet lunch

1pm: Back in the water for your first certification dive – a boat dive.

2.30pm: Transfer to our overnight vessel OceanQuest, where you’ll settle in to spend the night on the water on the outer Great Barrier Reef.

3.30pm: Complete your second training dive in peak performance buoyancy, to help fine tune your underwater breathing control and buoyancy skills.

5pm: Sit down with your instructor and go through some theory.

6pm: Dinner is served

6.30pm: Time for your third training dive – a night dive. Get ready for a memorable and unique experience!

8pm: Enjoy some dessert and fill in your log book.

10.30pm: Bar closes

Day Two

7.30am: Fuel up with a delicious chef-prepared hot breakfast, there’s plenty to do today!

8.30am: Today you’ll begin your day with a deep dive of below 18m

10.30am: Expand your skills with a navigation dive. This will teach you techniques like observing features and the surface, and compass use to find your way beneath the waves. Congrats – after completing this dive, you’ll be a certified Advanced Open Water diver!

12pm: Check out of your cabin

12.30pm: Lunch

2.30pm: Time to board SeaQuest for transfer back to Cairns and your city accommodation, arriving around 5pm.

3 Day Course

3 Day / 2 Night (11 dives)

Day One

7.30am: Pick up from Cairns city accommodation and check in at our Dive Training Centre, then head to our transfer vessel, SeaQuest.

8.30am: Cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef – just a 90-minute trip.

10am: After gearing up and a safety briefing, you’ll complete a fun dive.

12pm: Grab a hearty lunch from the buffet.

1pm: After lunch, complete your first training dive (the boat dive).

2.30pm: Transfer onto our overnight vessel OceanQuest, where you’ll spend your night on the water in a comfortable air-conditioned cabin.

3.30pm: Your first dive from OceanQuest will be your peak performance buoyancy dive. This will help fine tune your underwater breathing control and buoyancy skills.

5pm: Work through some theory with your instructor

6pm: Sit down to a delicious dinner prepared by our onboard chef.

6.30pm: Get ready for your third training dive – a guided night dive.

8pm: Back on board, enjoy some dessert and fill out your logbook.

10.30pm: Bar closes

Day Two

7.30am: Breakfast time!

8.30am: Begin your day with a deep dive of below 18m, and

10.30am: Your fifth training dive is a navigation dive, covering compass use, and techniques for observing features and the surface to help you find your way underwater. Congratulations, you’re now an Advanced Open Water diver!

12pm: After a delicious lunch you’ve got some time to relax on board.

3.30pm: Time for an afternoon fun dive!

6pm: Dinner is served

6.30pm: Get ready for another incredible night dive, just for fun. This time you might want to try out our amazing fluoro diving experience or Sharks in the Dark. Guides are available if you’d prefer one.

Day Three

7.30am: Tuck in to breakfast. There’s plenty more fun to be had before you go home!

8.30am: Time for your last two dives of your adventure, so make the most of them and don’t forget to practice those newly acquired skills.

12pm: It’s time to check out of your cabin

12.30pm: Enjoy one last awesome meal made with love by our chef.

2.30pm: Time to board SeaQuest for our trip back to Cairns. Once back at the marina we will transfer you to the Divers Den shop to collect any stored luggage before dropping you off at your Cairns city accommodation around 5pm.

Additional info

Prerequisites and forms

Extras

  • Snacks and beverages
  • Photo purchases
  • Digital camera hire
  • Quality souvenirs
  • Northern beaches transfers $20pp

What to bring

  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Overnight bag with changes of clothing, including warm clothing and socks for overnight wear
  • Toiletries
  • Cert card and logbook

Bedding and bath towels are supplied on board. Excess baggage can be stored at our Draper Street office at check in.

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 12pm (midday).

Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“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