PADI Open Water + Advanced Course



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One reason you’ll love the 6-day Open Water and Advanced Diver course is that you and your instructor choose from many types of Adventure Dives to complete your course. You can try your hand at digital underwater naturalists, peak performance buoyancy, Fish Identification, deep diving, underwater navigation and much more. Get credit! Each Adventure Dive in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding Specialty Diver course.

Where: Down Under Dive Headquarters / Evolution, Great Barrier Reef

Course duration: 6 days total (4 Days Open Water Diver Course, 2 Days Advanced Diver Course)


  • Open Water: expect shallow dives (12m/40ft), the maximum allowed depth is 18m/60ft.
  • Advanced: maximum depth depends on your age, but maximum depth is up to 21 metres/70ft.

Minimum age: 12 years old

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6-Day PADI Open Water and Adventure Course Overview:

Day 1

Medical checks and paperwork are completed on-site at 8 am before classroom & training pool sessions are completed.

Day 2

Classroom sessions re-commence with a small exam and finalising skills learned in training in the pool to get you ready for your open water dives.

Day 3

Onboard Evolution we travel to 2 fantastic dive sites on The Great Barrier Reef to conduct a series of training skills in the open water environment. 3 dives are completed.

Day 4

Onboard Evolution we again travel to our dive sites to complete your course. You have one more skill dive to complete. You then are able to do 1 fun dive with your fellow classmates to complete your Open Water Couse. When 2 dives are completed, your instructor will present you with your Scuba Diving License!

Day 5

Onboard Evolution to start for the first day of the Advanced Course. You will first complete the theory work then you will jump into the water to commence your speciality dives. 

Day 6

Continuing the course on Evolution for your 6th and final day. On this day you will complete the last of your speciality dives and become a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver.

What will I learn in the course?

The knowledge and skills you get in the Advanced Open Water Diver course vary with your interest and the adventures you have but include:

  • Practical aspects of deep diving
  • Physiological effects of deeper scuba diving
  • How to navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time
  • More ways to use your underwater compass
  • How to better use your dive computer and Recreational Dive Planner
  • And much, much more, depending on the Adventure Dives you choose

There are two compulsory adventure dives; Deep Diver and Underwater Navigator. You can choose 3 of the following elective dives to complete your certification:

  • AWARE-Fish Identification
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Boat Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Multilevel Diver
  • Search and Recovery Diver

How long will the course take?

The Open Water section of the course is a total of 4 days. 2 days in our classroom and pool doing theory and training dives. Then the last 2 days are on board EVOLUTION doing your open water dives + 1 fun dive. ​

The Advanced Course is run over 2 days onboard EVOLUTION. You will complete some basic theory in the comfort of our air-conditioned saloons then complete 5 training dives from the selection above, and 1 fun dive to practice your newly discovered skills.

What if I've already got my Open Water Certification?

No need to do the whole course! If you've already completed your Open Water certification you're 5 dives away from becoming Advanced already. Enrol in the 2-Day Advanced Diver Course.

What is the difference between the Open Water Learn to Dive Course and the Advanced Diver Course?

Besides the obvious that the Advanced Dive Course is the next level above the beginner Open Water Learn to Dive Course, you may still be wondering how the Advanced Open Water Course differs from the PADI Open Water Diver Course and what new things you will learn and experience.

The Open Water Diver Course is an entry-level course into the world of Scuba Diving. It teaches you the essential knowledge and practical skills to explore the underwater world. The Advanced Open Water Diver Course is a great way to continue your scuba journey, discover new interests and develop your scuba diving ability. You will sample different specialities to see what interests you most. You will also dive deeper during the Advanced Course, between 18-30 metres (60-100ft) depending on your age.

Safety - important diving information:


Prior to diving, all divers must complete a Dive Course Medical Questionnaire. In our commitment to the safety of our guests, divers over 45 years for PADI dive courses must have a medical clearance from a physician the confirms they are Fit To Dive. This can be provided by your own GP before you leave for your holiday. Please be aware that certain medical conditions (e.g. asthma, heart disease, diabetes) and/or prescription medication may prevent some people from diving.

Minimum Experience

No experience is required. You just need to pass the medical questionnaire (above) and the swim test in the pool.


What's included?

  • 10 dives
  • City transfers each day
  • All applicable PADI training material
  • PADI Photo Certification Card
  • PADI Diver Log Book
  • All Dive Equipment & Wetsuits
  • Lunch on reef days
  • Levy included


  • Day 1 & 2: Learn dive theory with classroom lessons and practice basic scuba diving skills, safety drills, and correct ascending and descending techniques during training sessions in a swimming pool.

  • Day 3 & 4: two full days to the outer reef onboard Evolution, 4 dives + 1 fun dive, BBQ lunch, and reef levy.


  • Day 5 & 6: two full days to the outer reef onboard Evolution with the theory first and then speciality dives to become a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

What to bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Spare Clothes
  • Swimmers and a towel
  • Cash or Credit Card

Where to go:

If you are staying in the Cairns CBD area you will have complimentary pick-up and drop off with your course instructor. If you are staying outside of the CBD area you will need to make your own way to our office at 287 Draper Street, Parramatta Park. If you cant get your own way we can arrange transfers with a coach company at an additional cost. Please ask the reservations team for more details.

Qualifications received:

  • PADI Open Water Dive Certificate allows you to scuba dive up to a depth of 60 feet (18 meters), join certified dive tours, rent diving equipment, and take part in advanced PADI diving courses.

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Dive Certificate

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