PADI Advanced Open Water Courses

Overview

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 on our overnight vessel OceanQuest.

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. Join us on board our overnight vessel OceanQuest for one or two nights and return a certified Advanced diver!

Your training dives will include a boat dive, peak performance buoyancy dive, deep dive and navigation dive, plus a fifth dive in an area of your own choice!.

Duration:

Minimum 2 days

Course Outline:

1-2 nights on board OceanQuest

Available:

2 Day/1 Night: Departures Wed-Sat
3 Day/2 Night: Departures Wed-Fri

Included:

  • 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
  • All meals on board

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Advanced Course - 2 Day/1 Night - Locals Discount

Cairns locals save 20% - use promo code LOCAL when booking. Local ID required on check-in.
$668
Twin cabin Locals discount
$696
Double cabin Locals discount

Advanced Course - 2 Day/1 Night

Full price
$835
Twin Cabin per person
$870
Double Cabin per person

Advanced Course - 3 Day/2 Night - Locals Discount

Save 20% with our Cairns locals discount! Enter promo code LOCAL when booking. Local ID required on check-in.
$844
Twin Cabin Locals discount
$892
Double Cabin Locals discount

PADI Advanced Course - 3 Day/2 Night Liveaboard

Full price
$1,055
Twin Cabin per person
$1,115
Double Cabin per person

​Includes all equipment and tuition. Prices valid to 31 March 2022. Price is per person and includes all applicable fees, taxes and levies.

Additional info

Prerequisites and forms

Extras

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

What to bring

  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Cert card and logbook
  • For overnight trips: Overnight bag with toiletries and changes of clothing, including warm clothing and socks for overnight wear. 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 2pm on day trips and 12pm on our overnight trips.

Review

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“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