Advanced Open Water Certification With Poseidon Cruises

Conducted over two days aboard the modern dive catamaran Poseidon, 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. 

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 aboard Poseidon
  • 6 dives across both days
  • Morning/afternoon tea and lunch each day
  • All dive equipment and use of prescription masks

  • 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


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.

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


  • 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.

Terms and Conditions

You can cancel your learn to dive course for any reason up to the end of day 1 (7pm) of the course and receive a refund less the PADI eLearning*.

There is no refund for any reason after this time.  If you have booked through a travel agent cancellation fees may apply

*The PADI eLearning portion of the course is non-refundable.

*All Prices are Per Person and Prices may vary depending on Start Dates.

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