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Pro Dive: Advanced Open Water

3 Day / 2 Night | Operates: Daily – except Tuesday | Departs: 7.30am | Transfers available: Yes, Cairns city included

Pro Dive Cairns are one of the most respected and trusted dive course operators in Cairns. With over 25 years experience, and accreditation as a PADI 5 Star Training and Instructor Development Centre, you can be assured you will enjoy the highest standards of dive education available anywhere in the world.

Pro Dive Cairns offer the PADI Advanced Open Water Training Course as a 3 day / 2 night liveaboard package. To participate, you must already have Open Water Certification. The Advanced Course is considered the next step in your dive training, providing keen divers with more knowledge and skills to enhance their performance under the water.

There are no formal classroom sessions with an Advanced Open Water Training Course, but you are required to read through relevant chapters in the PADI ‘Adventures in Diving’ manual (which is included in the course cost). The Pro Dive Cairns Advanced Open Water Training Course includes 4 key core modules: Deep Diving; Night Diving; Peak Performance Buoyancy; Underwater Navigation. In addition, you must select 1 specialty module from the following: Underwater Naturalist; Underwater Photography; Boat Diving; Search & Recovery Diving.

All instruction and training dives are completed at sea on the Great Barrier Reef, staying aboard one of Pro Dive Cairns’ three ScubaPro vessels. Each ScubaPro is exactly the same. Each of the 23.95m long monohull boats has 14 twin share cabins and 2 double cabins (prices are the same), sleeping up to 32 passengers. The boat has an air-conditioned interior and exterior sundeck. There are eight toilet/shower bathrooms on board and the crew to passenger ratio is 1:5. Linen is supplied but make sure to bring your own towels. The course cost includes transfers around Cairns and to the Great Barrier Reef, instruction manuals, all dive training, all dive equipment, accommodation, free Wi-Fi and chef prepared meals.

Rescue Diver Course: If you are looking to further you dive education and you already have your Advanced Diver Certification you can enroll in the Rescue Diver Course. Starting only on Sundays this course is serious fun. During this course, you will learn the necessary skills and gain the confidence to handle many situations that may occur while diving. Remember a current first aid certificate is required to complete this course. This is at your own expense.

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Rate Option # Dives Price Taxes Total Deposit
3 Day Liveaboard Advanced Course Dive Course 11 $920.00 $75.00 $995.00 $184.00
4-Day Rescue Course (1-Day Pool & Theory) Plus 3-Day/2-Night Liveaboard (Starts Sundays Only) Dive Course 10 $1,085.00 $75.00 $1,160.00 $217.00

Remember: You must be medically fit with no asthma and not taking any prescription medication to obtain your advanced dive certification.

Rescue Diver Course Only: A current first aid certificate is required. Pro-dive can arrange this for you for extra $145.00.

Inclusions: Accommodation transfers (City and Northern Beaches), all dive equipment (includes wetsuit, dive computer and prescription mask if required), all meals, accommodation includes bed linen (on liveaboard course).

Extras: (Pay Later)The additional fee of $60 person includes a $10.50 Government Environmental Management Charge as well as a Port Departure Tax and administration costs.

Prices are shown in Australian dollars and include GST. Prices subject to change without notice.

Pro Dive Cairns’ Advanced Open Water Training Course starts every day of the week, except Tuesday. Detailed below is a basic itinerary, based on a standard trip. Please note itineraries and dive times / schedules may vary, pending weather and conditions. If you have time, you can visit the Pro Dive retail shop (corner of Shields & Grafton Street) the day / night before your departure, to arrange your dive equipment.

DAY 1.If you are utilising the complimentary hotel transfers, these commence at 5.45am, taking you to the Pro Dive retail store on the corner of Shields and Grafton Street, for check-in and equipment allocation at 6.15am. Once everyone is sorted, the coach transfers all guests to the nearby Marlin Marina (five minute drive) where you are welcomed aboard the Pro Dive ScubaPro vessel by the crew.

A light breakfast is served on arrival, consisting of fruit, croissants, toast etc, while the Trip Director welcomes you aboard and allocates cabins and passenger safety numbers. ScubaPro pulls out of Cairns around 7am and commences its three (3) hour trip to the Great Barrier Reef.

During the journey, a video presentation is played, covering ship safety and general rules of conduct during the trip (including the honour system for soft drinks and snacks, the importance of staying hydrated and preventative sea sickness medication).

Afterwards, the guests are broken up into groups and allocated their equipment for the trip. ScubaPro provides all of Pro Dive Cairns’ liveaboard reef trips, so your fellow guests will likely be comprised of certified divers, just enjoying a liveaboard dive trip, dive students, completing their Open Water certification and other certified divers, like yourself, completing more advanced dive courses. Divers are provided with their respective briefings and once all of this is taken care of, everyone can relax around the boat and enjoy the trip to sea.

Pro Dive Cairns reaches its first reef site at around 11.30am and there is time for a dive before and after lunch on day 1. Generally, the first two dives are just pleasure dives, for you to refresh yourself with scuba diving: they do not include any training modules towards the Advanced Open Water Course.
Your advance training dives commence that afternoon and continue into the evening, with the night dive. The first training dive is usually a navigation dive where you will complete exercises underwater, using both a compass and natural references. The night dive will include instruction on using torches and navigation techniques with diminished visibility. Dinner is served before the night dive: with dessert a warming reward afterwards.

DAY 2. You will complete the next three (3) training dives of your Advanced Open Water Course at some stage over the next two days. Scheduling will be advised by your PADI Dive Instructor and will be managed around the reef sites you are visiting. There will be time for pleasure dives, as well as training dives, during the course.

Usually, you will complete your deep water training dive first thing this morning, with splash down at around 7.15am. Breakfast is served before or after this dive and then there is time with the instructor, learning the theory and skills for your next training dive, which is usually at around 11am. Lunch is served and afterwards, more diving in the afternoon, before dinner at 6pm.

Tonight there is the option of another night dive. You should try to get an early night tonight, as it’s an early start tomorrow.

DAY 3. The wake-up call comes at around 5.30am, to get everyone ready for the first dive at 6.30am. Believe me the early morning dip into the ocean is always worth getting up for, as this is the time of day when the night shift are changing over to the day shift. You can expect to see reef sharks cruising around, as well as large schools of Bumpheaded Parrotfish.

Afterwards a hot / cold breakfast is served inside and while you eat, Pro Dive Cairns moves to a new reef location. There is time for two more scuba dives today, both of which will be completed before lunch, which is served around 12.15pm. While you eat lunch, the crew pack-up the boat and prepare to begin the return journey to Cairns.

In the afternoon, just enjoy the ride back, chilling out in the sunshine on the top deck. You will get into Cairns’ Marlin Marina at around 3.30pm, with transfers back to the Pro Dive Cairns retail store. Once there, it is photo time for your new PADI Advanced Diver certification card. (These are not issued immediately, your photo and details need to be sent off to PADI, who will issue your card and post it out to you. Delivery can take several weeks and Pro Dive Cairns will issue you with a temporary card in the meantime.) This completes your Pro Dive Cairns Advanced Open Water Dive Course.

All guests from your Pro Dive Cairns trip are invited to meet up for drinks / dinner that night: this is not included and is totally optional / at your own discretion.

You must already have an Open Water Dive Certification to book a PADI Advanced Open Water Dive Training Course. The Open Water Certification can be through PADI or a similarly recognised / accredited dive training and certification authority (such as SSI). Pro Dive Cairns will ask to see evidence of this, being your existing Dive License and a copy of your current Log Book.

The PADI Advanced Open Water Course is internationally recognised. At Pro Dive Cairns, the course includes four core modules (navigation diving; night diving; deep diving; peak performance buoyancy) with participants able to choose from one of the following electives, to complete the five modules necessary for the Advanced Open Water Course: boat diving; search and recovery; underwater naturalist; underwater photography.

On successful completion of the core modules, you will have the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need to dive anywhere in the world to a maximum depth of 40m, when diving with a buddy. In addition, you will have learnt to navigate under the water (always helpful when finding the boat) and the core skills and techniques required for night diving / diving with limited visibility and practising peak performance buoyancy. You will also have learnt another skill, depending on what speciality module you selected with your PADI Instructor. At completion, you are not certified for solo diving.

All dive training is completed at sea, on the Great Barrier Reef and all manuals, equipment and instruction is included in the course price. Weather permitting, you will complete up to 11 scuba dives during this course, including 2 night dives. There will be time for pleasure dives, as well as training dives, during the course. Dive insurance is included.

PRO DIVE CAIRNS: 3 DAY LIVEABOARD REVIEW - Reviewed by Julie on the Sunday 19th of June 2011

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Pro Dive Cairns provides professional, liveaboard certified and learn to dive trips to the Great Barrier Reef. The crew is friendly and efficient. The liveaboard vessel is comfortable, with shared amenities, an air-conditioned interior lounge and spacious exterior sun deck. Meals are generous, hearty and regular, ensuring your internal tank is kept filled for the diving and swimming completed during the trip. Complimentary water bottles are provided and are a great way to stay hydrated, thanks to the filtered water cooler on the top deck. The dive deck and equipment were well maintained and there was a focus on passenger safety during the dive briefings and headcounts. Dive Instructors were friendly and informative, ensuring guests enjoyed their dive courses, while still having time for recreational dives... read full review



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