Cairns PADI Advanced Course

Cairns PADI Advanced courses are available on every 3 day Great Barrier Reef Australia liveaboard dive trip. The Cairns PADI Advanced course is generally taken by divers who are looking at a career path in the recreational diving industry or to simply improve scuba diving knowledge and ability with extra underwater skills. This is a great way to enjoy a Great Barrier Reef dive liveaboard and at the same time improve your diver status.

Subjects Covered:

  • Underwater Navigation
  • Deep diving
  • Night diving
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Underwater Naturalist
cairns padi advanced dive course


Rates - 2023/24

Per Person

PADI Advanced Course


Taxes & Charges* $85 - Included in price

Total Price $1220

Rates valid until 31st March 2024, per person and in Australian Dollars

Deposit only required

This course is combined with the 3 day Great Barrier Reef dive liveaboard and is available Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Course Prerequisites and Inclusions

Cairns PADI Advanced Dive Course Prerequisites:

  • Be at least 12 years of age with a PADI Open Water Certification or equivalent
  • Provide 2 Passport photos
  • Dive Course Includes:

  • Advanced PADI Certification
  • 3 day /2 night Great Barrier Reef liveaboard dive trip
  • All gear & use of manual
  • 11 dives comprising 5 training dives and 6 recreational dives 2 of which are night dives.

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Cairns PADI Advanced Course Itinerary

  • Great Barrier Reef Day 1
  • Great Barrier Reef Day 2
  • Great Barrier Reef Day 3

05:45 Complimentary hotel transfer available from Cairns City and Northern Beaches accommodation.

06:20 Check-in at Pro Dive Cairns retail shop Corner of Grafton and Shields streets, open map.

07:00 Depart Cairns A light breakfast is served onboard.

11:00 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.

12:30 Lunch

14:30 Dive 2: Peak Performance Buoyancy 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.

16:30 Dive 3: Navigation Dive During this dive you will complete exercises using both a compass and natural references to help improve your underwater navigation skills.

18:00 Dinner

19:45 Dive 4: Night Dive 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.

0545: 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.

09:00 Breakfast

11:15 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.

12:45 Lunch

15:15 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. 1500

17:45 Dinner

19:30 Dive 8: Night dive After a briefing from the dive supervisor it's now time to put your training into practice

06:30 Dive 9: Morning of pleasure diving and the opportunity to finish any additional training dives you may not have completed yet.

07:30 Breakfast

09:00 Dive 10

11:00 Dive 11

12:00 Lunch

16:00 Complimentary return transfer Return transfer to your accommodation

19:30 Farewell dinner (optional, additional cost) Join fellow passengers and crew at a local restaurant for a farewell dinner

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