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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How the course runs:

Day 1

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

Day 2

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

Day 3

Onboard Evolution we travel to 2 fantastic dives site 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

On board Evolution to start for first day of the Advanced Course. You will fill out come theory work then you will jump into the water to commence your specilty dives. 

Day 6

Continuing the course out on Evolution for your 6th and final day. This day you will complete the last of your specilty 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 openwater dives + 1 fun dive. ​

The Advanced Course is run over 2 days on board 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?

Course start on Mondays and Fridays.
You can split up your days as you wish as long as the days fall on our pre-exisitng course dates. For more details please Contact our Reservations Staff.

Where to go:

If you are staying in the Cairns CBD area you will have complementary 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 reservations 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 enrol in the advanced and adventure 2 day Diver Course. 


Prior to diving you will be required to fill in a Medical Questionnaire. Divers over 65yrs require a medical - if you answer YES to any question you will be referred to a qualified physician for a Dive Medical assessment. You will not be allowed to dive until you are fit to dive.

You will need to fill out the following documents for diving - you can download them and fill them out now or fill them out on the day. Please have a look at them to see what is required:

Divers medical questionnaire.pdf

Minimum Experience

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

Age Restrictions

Minimum age: 16 years old.