PADI Advanced & Nitrox Combo Course

3 Day 2 Night Liveaboard

Enriched Air (also known as Nitrox) is a nitrogen/oxygen mix that has a greater percentage of oxygen and a lesser percentage of nitrogen in it than normal air which means safer diving and potentially longer bottom times due to reduced nitrogen absorption. Enriched Air diving is ideal when doing multiple dives over multiple days like on our 3 day dive trip. In the combo course we combine the enriched air training dives with the Advanced Open water training dives.

The Advanced Open Water course is the important first step in continuing your dive education. It is designed to give the newly certified or not so experienced diver added confidence and enjoyment in their diving through additional skills and training. The pre-requisite for this course is a PADI Open Water certificate or equivalent with another training agency.

The combo is run in conjunction with our 3 day 2 night dive trip and consists of theory and training dives. It can all be easily completed onboard as there are no formal classroom or pool training sessions involved with either course. The required theory involves reading the PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) Course and the Advanced Open Water manuals and completing the relevant knowledge reviews before the five training dives. You will have plenty of free time to work on your knowledge reviews on the initial trip out to the reef.

The trip schedule allows for a total of 11 dives with 5 of these dedicated to training. The remaining 6 are recreational dives for divers to explore and enjoy the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. The 5 training dives consist of: Deep, Underwater Navigation & Night Dive. The remaining dives are a choice of Underwater Naturalist, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Boat Diving or Underwater Photography.

Trip Itinerary:

The below itinerary is a guide only and the times of dives may change

The night before departure:

We suggest you drop into our retail shop located on the corner of Grafton & Shields streets between 4:30 – 6:30pm the night prior to your trip, to arrange your dive equipment, fill out the necessary paperwork and pick up your manuals.

You can learn about the reef and fish you will meet by visiting ‘Reef Teach’, a 2.5hr marine biology presentation. It is located on the 2nd floor of the Mainstreet Arcade at 85 Lake Street. This is an additional cost and is available every night except Sunday and Monday nights.

Day One Diving the outer Great Barrier Reef
Dive 1 & 2 Two pleasure dives to give you an introduction to diving on the Great Barrier Reef. This is also a great opportunity for you to acclimatize to the diving conditions, fine tune your skills or even to refresh your skills if it has been some time since your last dive.
Dive 3 Navigation Dive - after revising your knowledge review, your instructor will brief you on your navigation dive where you will complete some exercises using both a compass and natural references to help improve your underwater navigation skills.
Dive 4 Night Dive - you will be introduced to night diving on the Great Barrier Reef. You will complete a simple navigation exercise before being given a guided tour with your instructor. During your night dive you can expect to find sleeping turtles, parrot fish and a variety of other marine life only encountered at night.
Day Two Experience further fantastic diving on the outer Great Barrier Reef
Dive 1 Deep Dive - during this dive we will give you the experience to safely conduct dives beyond your 18 metre depth limit as an open water diver. Under the close supervision of your dive instructor you will be taken down to 30metres, where you will be tested for
Dive 2,3 & 4 With your three core training dives now completed, you have today and tomorrow remaining for pleasure dives and to complete the last 2 dives of your Advanced training dives, all designed to introduce you to other interesting areas of diving which you may wish to learn more about. You can select your last 2 training dives from those listed below. You will also start diving on nitrox on day 2 of the trip. All subsequent dives will be on nitrox.
Day Three Morning dives and return to Cairns
Dive 1, 2 & 3 You have a morning of pleasure diving and the opportunity to finish any additional training dives that you may not have completed yet, before returning to Cairns after lunch

Advanced Training Dive Options

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.

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 loading 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 a digital underwater camera onboard at an extra cost.

Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB)

This training dive is designed for divers to fine tune their buoyancy control by learning correct weighting techniques, correct positioning of weights & tanks and breathing techniques. As a diver with effective buoyancy control you will be protecting not just yourself but also the delicate coral reef by minimising contact. Good buoyancy control also helps reduce air consumption.

Boat Diving

Many divers learn to dive and make dozens of dives before they ever set foot on a dive boat; others learn to dive from one type of boat, but have little experience diving from others. If you fit in either group, the boat diving elective will speed your transition to diving from boats or boats you're not familiar with.

Cancellation Policy

This trip is fully refundable up until 48 hours prior to departure. Please note full cancellation fees apply if cancelling within 48 hours prior to trip departure.

Underwater Cameras

We have digital cameras with underwater housings available onboard for hire. Please speak to the retail shop staff when you are arranging your dive gear.

Trip Inclusions

  • PADI Advanced & Nitrox Manuals (English or German) & Certification
  • Accommodation transfers Cairns City & Northern Beaches
  • 11 Dives (weather permitting)
  • Twin or double cabin accommodation and bed linen
  • All meals whilst onboard
  • Dive Insurance
  • All dive equipment inc dive computer & prescription lens mask if needed
  • Short leg, short arm wetsuits
  • Torch & cyalume sticks for night diving
  • Full snorkelling equipment for snorkellers, including wetsuit

Please Note
  • Some medical conditions may prevent you from diving. You will be required to obtain a dive medical certificate if you answer “yes” to any of the questions on the Continuing Education Student Diver Medical Declaration.

    If you do require a dive medical, it must be obtained prior to commencing the course and must not be more than 12 months old when you start with us.

    If you wait until arrival into Cairns, your medical can be done at the ‘Cairns 24 hour Medical Centre’ before 8:00pm most days for an extra charge. No appointment is necessary.
  • In the interest of safety we recommend you do not fly within a 24 hour period after diving
  • The above itinerary is a guide only and the times of dives may change
  • The skipper will always adapt an itinerary to the prevailing weather conditions, tides and currents
  • Pro Dive Cairns has limited capabilities in regards to special dietary requirements please contact us if you require further information
  • We recommend all customers have travel insurance
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    PADI Advanced & Nitrox Combo Course$1,165.00
    Extra Charge**$80.00
    Total price$1,245.00


    * Prices valid from 01 April to 31 March

    ** Extra Charge: This additional fee includes a Government Environmental Management Charge as well as Port Departure Tax and administration costs.

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