PADI Advanced Open Water & Nitrox Combo Course

from $1180 AUD

About your PADI Advanced Open Water & Nitrox Combo Course

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.

Course Highlights

  • 3 Day 2 Night Liveaboard Trip on the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Completing both your Advanced and Nitrox Certifications
  • Being certified to dive to 30 metres as well as diving on Nitrox (giving you more bottom time)
  • 11 Dives which includes 2 night dives over a variety of different reef locations

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

Diving Details

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.



  • 11 dives (includes all training dives, fun dives and 2 night dives)
  • All meals & bed linen
  • Dive Insurance
  • Corrective lens mask (if required)
  • Double bed or twin share accommodation
  • All dive & snorkelling equipment, including dive computer, wetsuit and dive torch
  • Accommodation transfers (Cairns city & Northern Beaches)
  • Guided orientation and night dive
  • PADI manuals (Covering Advanced and Nitrox Certifications)


  • Extra Charges – Marine Levies, Port Departure taxes and Admin fees $60 per person per day at sea


Option Price
Certified Diver $1180
Tax & Levy $60

Full Itinerary

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.

 Day 1 – Great Barrier Reef 

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.

12:30 Lunch

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.

18:00 Dinner

19:45 Dive 4: Night Dive

Day 2: Great Barrier Reef

07:00 Dive 5: Deep Dive

During this dive, we will give you the experience to safely conduct dives beyond your 18-metre depth limit. Under the close supervision of your dive instructor, you will conduct a deep dive where you will be shown the effects of increased pressure and colour absorption at depth.

09:00 Breakfast

After breakfast, watch the Nitrox introduction video

1100 11:15 Dive 6: Underwater Naturalist

If you’re interested in learning more about The Great Barrier Reef and its ecosystem this dive is an absolute must! Learn how to identify the main families of fish from damselfish to triggerfish. You will also be taught how to identify the different corals. If this dive interests you make sure you don’t miss the Reef Teach marine biology presentation the night before your trip departs.

12:45 Lunch

After lunch, complete knowledge reviews and final exam for Nitrox course. Commence diving on nitrox from this point.

15:15 Dive 7: Underwater Photography

If you want to take home some lasting memories this elective dive is ideal. On your Underwater Photography dive you will be taught pre and post underwater camera
care and how to get the best results from your underwater camera. After preparing your underwater camera your dive will simply involve trying to capture the beauty of The Great Barrier Reef. If you do not have your own camera, you can hire one onboard or at our retail shop at an extra cost.

17:45 Dinner

19:30 Dive 8: night dive

After a briefing from the dive supervisor, it’s now time to put your training into practice

Day 3: Great Barrier Reef

06:30 Dive 9:
Morning of pleasure diving and the opportunity to finish any additional training dives you may not have completed yet.

07:30 Breakfast

09:00 Dive 10

11:00 Dive 11

12:00 Lunch

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


Your safety and comfort is our number one priority. Please let our experienced instructors know if you are worried, stressed or not feeling well at any point. Before commencing your advanced open water/nixtrox course, you are required to complete the self-assessment Continuing Education Student Diver Medical Declaration. A positive response to any question indicates there is a pre-existing condition which may affect your safety while diving and you must consult a medical practitioner, preferably with experience in diving medicine, to obtain a dive medical certificate that states you are medically fit to dive. To obtain a copy of the Continuing Education Student Diver Medical Declaration. The medical must be completed within 12 months of starting your dive course. We recommend that you do not fly within 24 hours of diving. The earliest you should fly is 12 pm (midday) on the day after your trip concludes.
The liveaboard portion of this course is fully refundable up until 48 hours before departure. The E-learning portion is non-refundable. If you plan to book through a travel agent, please ask if they have any cancellation fees. We recommend that all customers have travel insurance.
A Government Environmental Management Charge, Port Departure Tax and administration fee are included in your total fare. The breakdown of cost is provided in the rates table.

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