We recommend completing both these dive courses on a 3 Day Liveaboard as it is the most convenient way to get the most out of your diving. With more available dives it is also the most affordable way to complete all your dive certifications.
The PADI Advanced Course is your next level of certification as an Open Water Diver. This course is made up of five speciality dives which will fine tune your open water skills enhancing particularly diving over 20metres as well as seeing your navigation and buoyancy skills improved. The PADI Nitrox (Enriched Air) course is a PADI speciality certification made up of some theory and requires only two dives which can be simply combined with your Advanced Course. The benefits of being Nitrox Certified allows for the use of enriched air (more oxygen) instead of compressed air. Diving on nitrox extends our allowable bottom time and reduces our nitrogen load over multiple dives – making it ideal for liveaboard trips. The Nitrox Course is a very popular course if you like underwater photography and videography, allowing you more time to get that awesome shot or video footage.
There is no more spectacular classroom than The Great Barrier Reef, with its abundant marine life, diverse dive sites with amazing visibility and year-round excellent diving conditions.
Availability – Courses start every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Duration – Three days
Course Outline – All Dives and Course Theory is completed onboard the vessel Scubapro over 3 days
You will have access to a selection of 19 outer reef dive sites on four magnificent reefs Flynn, Thetford, Milln and Pellowe Reef. Diving at different times throughout the day, you will be able to encounter an amazing diversity of marine life including giant clams, sea turtles, stingrays, reef sharks, an incredible variety of tropical fish, spectacular coral formations with consistent underwater visibility. Night diving will introduce a whole new dimension of nocturnal life.
Please note, the below itinerary is a guide only, and the order of sites and dives may change. The skipper will always adapt the plan to the prevailing weather, tides and currents.
05:45 Complimentary hotel transfer
Available from Cairns City and Northern Beaches accommodation.
06:20 Check-in at Pro Dive Cairns retail shop
Corner of Grafton and Shields streets
07:00 Depart Cairns
Depart Cairns for 3 days and 2 nights of fantastic diving/snorkelling on The Great Barrier Reef. A light breakfast is served onboard.
Time to work on knowledge reviews for the Advanced/Nitrox courses
11:00 Dive 1
Your first dive is before lunch. A dive guide will be offered for those divers who have not dived in a while. This is an opportunity for you to acclimatise to the diving conditions, fine tune your skills or even to refresh your skills if it has been some time since your last dive.
14:30 Dive 2: Peak Performance Buoyancy
If you choose peak performance buoyancy as one of your elective dives, we will use this dive to help you fine-tune your buoyancy, weight adjustments and equipment trim in preparation for the remaining dives. Otherwise, head off and discover more underwater delights. Once you have completed your dive, the vessel moves on to the next site.
Dive 3: Navigation Dive
During this dive you will complete exercises using both a compass and natural references to help improve your underwater navigation skills.
19:45 Dive 4: Night Dive
07:00 Dive 5: Deep Dive
06:30 Dive 9:
Morning of pleasure diving and the opportunity to finish any additional training dives you may not have completed yet.
09:00 Dive 10
11:00 Dive 11
16:00 Complimentary return transfer
Return transfer to your accommodation
19:30 Farewell dinner (optional, additional cost)
Join fellow passengers and crew at a local restaurant for a farewell dinner