PADI Open Water + Advanced 6 Day 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 digitalUnderwater Naturalist, 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

When:  Mondays and Fridays.

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Day 1

Medical checks and paperwork completed on-site at 8 am, before classroom & training pool sessions 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 dives 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 for completion of 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 fill outcome theory work then you will jump into the water to commence your specialty dives. 

Day 6

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

What will I learn on 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.

When can I start the course?

Courses start on Mondays and Fridays. You can split up your days as you wish as long as the days fall on our pre-existing course dates. For more details please contact our reservations team on (07) 4052 8300 or email reservations@downunderdive.com.au

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. 

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 to becoming Advanced already. Just enroll in the advanced and adventure 2 day Diver Course. 


Prior to diving, all divers must complete a Medical Questionnaire. Download it here: Divers medical questionnaire.pdf

Please be aware that certain medical conditions (eg asthma, heart disease, diabetes) and/or prescription medication may prevent some people from diving. Divers over 45 years old and anyone who answers YES to any of the questions on the medical questionnaire will require a recreational dive medical prior to diving. You will not be allowed to dive until you are declared medically fit to dive. For advice please contact our office directly.

Minimum Experience

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

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