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PADI Advanced Open Water Certification 

Conducted over two days the PADI Advanced Open Water Course is the first step beyond basic certification and is designed to develop your confidence underwater by expanding your existing diving skills.

The prerequisite for this course is a PADI Open Water certificate or equivalent from another training agency. There are no formal classroom sessions involved, but students will need to complete the PADI eLearning Advanced Open Water course online before arrival.  This knowledge will be reviewed on board prior to each training dive. 

NOTE:  Due to COVID operational impacts, vessels other than Silversonic or Poseidon may be used for the reef day trip component of your dive course and alternative dive sites visited. This may include Quicksilver Outer Reef Cruise to Agincourt Reef 3, and Wavedancer Low Isles Cruise. In these circumstances it may not be possible to complete additional fun dives, however all training dives will be able to be undertaken.

Quicksilver Dive’s Advanced Open Water Course covers five training dives and one fun dive including the following:

(Deep Dive and Navigation Dive are mandatory, the makeup of the other dive types may change depending on conditions)

Deep Dive During this dive you will gain 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, no deeper than 30 meters, where you will be shown the effects of increased pressure and colour absorption at depth.

Navigation Dive Complete exercises using both a compass and natural references to help improve your underwater navigation skills.

Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB) Fine tune your buoyancy control by learning correct weighting techniques, correct positioning of weights and 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 ever setting foot on a dive boat. Expand your knowledge about boat diving, from small inflatables to dive boats.

Underwater Naturalist – Fish ID Learn how to identify the main families of fish from damselfish to triggerfish. You will also be taught how to identify the different corals.

Once the certification dives are complete you will be allowed a fun dive.

  • PADI manuals (eLearning)
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Certification
  • Return coach transfers from Port Douglas area accommodation
  • 2 x Day Trips
  • 5 mandatory dives across both days
  • Morning/afternoon tea and lunch each day
  • All dive equipment and use of prescription masks

2 x Day Trips with Poseidon

Times may vary subject to sites visited.

From 7.30am
Check-in at Quicksilver Reservations Counter located inside the Port Douglas Marina for your boarding passes.
Vessel boarding
Complimentary morning tea/breakfast served.
Depart Port Douglas marina for the Outer Barrier Reef.
Arrival - First Reef location
Arrive at first reef location.
Dive 1
Second Reef location
Dive 2
Buffet Lunch
Buffet lunch served in the air conditioned cabin.
Third Reef location
Dive 3
Afternoon tea
Afternoon tea available on board till departure

2:30 pm
2:40 pm
All passengers board vessel for final passenger count.
Departure for Port Douglas
Port Douglas
Poseidon arrives at Port Douglas Marina
Coaches depart
Coaches depart for accommodation
  • PADI PAK LITE is available as an alternative to the eLearning platform. Please enquire to arrange. 
  • Soft drinks, beer, wine and chocolates etc.
  • Transfers from Cairns and Northern Beaches of Cairns.
  • Minimum age 12 years.
  • PADI Open Water Certification 
  • Some medical conditions may prevent you from diving. Prior to commencing your dive course, you are required to complete the self-assessment Student Diver Medical Declaration. A positive response to any questions indicates there is a pre-existing condition which may affect your safety while diving and you will need to obtain a dive medical certificate that states you are medically fit to dive.
  • If you do require a dive medical, it must be obtained prior to commencing the course and must not be more than 90 days old when you start with us.

Rates 2024/2025
* EMC is a per person Government Environmental Management Charge (EMC).
PADI AOWPrice per personChildAdult
EMC/Admin Fee*$0$0
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Course Days and Start Times
  • Available on request

(minimum class sizes may apply)


Advanced Open Water Certification - Adult
Total $1,050.00

* Prices valid from 01 April to 31 March

All taxes are included in the total price.
EMC: A Government Environmental Management Charge (EMC) of $8 per person per day applies to all adults and children 4 years and over entering the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area. This fee is included in the fare price.
Surcharge: Due to potential significant volatility in supply and operational costs, a surcharge may be applied due to unforeseen circumstances. In such cases any charge will be collected on departure.
This additional fee includes Port Departure Tax and administration costs.

Rates are per person and in Australian Dollars

Credit card surcharge may apply

  • All monies forfeited if notified within 24 hours prior to departure