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Cairns Dive Centre: Advanced Dive Course

3 Day Liveaboard | Operates: Daily | Departs: 7.30am | Transfers available: Cairns city included

If you already have your Open Water Dive License and want to kick it up a notch on the Great Barrier Reef, then this course is perfect for you. The Cairns Dive Centre Advanced Dive Course is designed to increase confidence and enhance your scuba diving skills, allowing even greater underwater exploration and enjoyment. Core dive skills you’ll learn during this three day / two night course include: deep diving; underwater navigation; night diving. An additional two skills can be learnt, with a choice between: search and recovery diving; boat diving; underwater naturalist diving; digital underwater photography diving. The best part? You can tailor your Advanced Dive Course to suit your interests.

Cairns Dive Centre has been teaching people to dive in Cairns for over 30 years. Locally owned and operated, Cairns Dive Centre specialise in PADI dive courses. What is PADI? It’s an internationally recognised certification, which allows you to scuba dive anywhere in the world, within the limits of your license (see the Diving Info tab below).

This is a three-day course, which is completed at sea on Cairns Dive Centre’s liveaboard boat, Kangaroo Explorer. Their day boat provides daily transfers to and from Cairns, which is how they can provide such itinerary friendly courses. Kangaroo Explorer has a range of 16 cabins (no price difference) and takes a maximum of 38 overnight guests: it’s first in best dressed with cabin allocation. The course cost includes: Cairns and Great Barrier Reef transfers; accommodation, meals and linen on board (bring your own towels); all diving equipment, instruction and manuals. For more information, please see the itinerary and prices section.

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Rate Option # Dives Price Taxes Total Deposit
- Dive Course 10 $ $ $0.00 $0.00
- Dive Course 6 $ $ $0.00 $0.00

Cairns Dive Centre’s liveaboard boat Kangaroo Explorer has an engine malfunction and is no longer operating until further notice.

Inclusions: Accommodation onboard in choice of twin, double or quad share ensuite cabins, Air Fills, Bed Linen, Fresh Showers, Cairns City Accommodation Transfers, All quality diving and snorkelling equipment including wetsuits, All meals whilst onboard, Tea – Coffee & Chilled water all day, 2 Locations per day on the Outer Reef.

Extras: (Pay Later) An additional $20 per person per day at sea for Fuel, Port & Reef charge is payable on the day of travel.

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

Starting daily, this is a very itinerary friendly option which includes all instruction (with professional dive instructors), dive manuals and equipment, transfers to and from your accommodation and the Great Barrier Reef. A sample itinerary is below for your reference: please note that schedules, dive sites and number of dives planned is subject to change, pending weather and external conditions.


Cairns Dive Centre provides free pick-ups for everyone staying in the Cairns city area, which start at 6.45am (Northern Beaches transfers are also available, but will be charged). First stop is Cairns’ Marlin Marina, where you will board the Cairns Dive Centre day boat, the 17.5m ReefKist. After a quick stop at Fitzroy Island, you arrive at the liveaboard boat around 9.45am. The passenger transfer is really easy, just stepping from one boat to the other.

Once aboard Kangaroo Explorer, you are given a welcome briefing and tour of the ship. You are also allocated your cabins and meet your PADI Advanced Dive Course instructor. A quick buffet lunch is served (at 11.30am), with time for two training dives this afternoon. Dinner is served at 6pm and then it’s time for a night dive. Afterwards, you can choose to relax in the air-conditioned saloon, or just retire to your cabin. Don’t have a late night; it’s an early start in the morning!


It’s a 5.30am wake-up call today and there’s nothing quite like starting fresh with a scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef. After your first dive, it’s breakfast time, with another dive before and then after lunch, and a night dive this evening. During the day, Kangaroo Explorer will move around the Great Barrier Reef, allowing you to explore several different dive sites during your stay at sea. Your PADI Instructor will provide briefings and instruction throughout the day too: exact times will be confirmed with you, on board Kangaroo Explorer.


Another early start today and time to complete your PADI Advanced Dive Course and training dives. There’s time for three (3) more scuba dives today, before lunch is served at 12pm and you transfer back to the day tour boat around 2.45pm, for the return journey to Cairns. The trip back is via Fitzroy Island (you can not get off the boat at the island) and you will arrive back into Cairns around 4.30pm, with transfers back to your inner-city accommodation. This completes your PADI Advanced Dive Course.

You must have an Open Water Dive Certification to book the Advance Adventurer Dive Course. Cairns Dive Centre will ask to see evidence of this, being your existing Dive License and a copy of your current Log Book. The course includes a total of 10 scuba dives, including two (2) night dives. There will be time for recreational snorkelling, or relaxing in the air-conditioned interior or on the exterior sun deck, during this course.

The PADI Advanced Dive Course is internationally recognised. At Cairns Dive Centre, the course includes three core modules (deep diving; navigation diving; night diving) and then a choice of two other modules (choosing between search and recovery diving; boat diving; underwater naturalist diving; digital underwater photography diving).

Therefore, on 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 30m, 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. You will also have learnt other skills, depending on what speciality modules 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.

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