PADI diving course on the Great Barrier Reef

First, if you are short on time and don’t want to do a five-day course but still want the liveaboard experience, this four-day course Great Barrier Reef PADI diving course is the perfect option for you.

Instead of classroom theory, this is completed online eLearning in your own time before arriving in Cairns, leaving only one compulsory practical training day at our PADI Dive Centre.

The ocean training dives will take place during our three-day, two-night liveaboard to the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef is the perfect place to learn to dive with its warm waters and excellent visibility.

Your four-day course consists of the following:

  • After booking, we will send you login instructions to the online PADI eLearning Open Water Course theory portion.  You must complete all modules and quizzes before starting your practical training in Cairns.
  • Day one day of practical training at the Pro Dive Cairns Training Centre.
  • Followed by three days and two nights on an Outer Great Barrier Reef liveaboard trip.

Here guests will complete their practical training at the Pro Dive Cairns Training Centre.  After your day at the training centre, it’s time to head out to The Great Barrier Reef for a three-day, two-night liveaboard adventure to become a certified diver!

How many dives will I do?

Guests will have the opportunity to complete up to nine dives, with the first four being your training dives.

When you finish your training, dive successfully, and obtain your PADI Open Water Certification.  Now you can enjoy five recreational dives, including a night dive guided by your instructor.

While you are onboard, visit many reefs, including Flynn, Thetford, Milln and Pellowe Reef.

There is a fantastic diversity of marine life, including giant clams, sea turtles, stingrays, reef sharks, and spectacular coral formations.

Also, night diving will introduce a whole new dimension to nocturnal sea life.

This four-day eLearning course offers a convenient, memorable and exciting way to become a certified diver on the magnificent world heritage Great Barrier Reef.

Finally, if you would like to do the theory online?  Then upgrade to the five days Learn to Dive course when booking.  This course includes an extra day in the classroom.

About the Scubapro Dive Vessel

Pro Dive Cairns operates a fleet of specialised diving vessels.
The MV Scubapro I, II, and III are three multi-million dollar diving vessels operated by Pro Dive Cairns.

Scubapro vessels are purpose-built to handle the Great Barrier Reef’s diverse weather conditions while providing a smooth, safe, and enjoyable voyage.

Room Configuration

  • Fourteen twin-share cabins with bunk beds.
  • Two double bed cabins with shared bathrooms.

All vessels have central air conditioning, plenty of cabin space, access to natural light, a large sun deck and a large dive deck.

 

ScubaPro I, II, III

Vessel Type Monohull
Length x Beam 23.95m x 7.35m (78.5ft x 24.1ft)
Engines Scania Engines V8 339KW
Cruising Speed 12 knots
Year Built 1998, 2002, 2004
Last Refurbishment 2017
Max. Passengers 32 passengers
Cabins and type 14 x twin (bunk bed) and 2 x double bed. No ensuite facilities.
Heads Eight toilet/shower combinations
Bedding And Linen Sheets and blankets. No towels supplied
On-Board Air Supply Yes. Nitrox also available
Catering Fully cooked hot/cold breakfast, hot and cold lunches, hot dinner and dessert, all prepared on board, no outside catering, snacks, tea and coffee any time
Crew/Passenger Ratio 1 to 5
Extra Facilities Television, video, music, board games, books, camera hire, each cabin has twin 240v power outlets.
Reefs Visited Milln, Flynn, Thetford and Pellowe Reefs
Fishing No
Miscellaneous WiFi

Highlights

Get your PADI Open Water dive certification!

2 days of pool and classroom theory

3 days and 2 nights, Learn to scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef


Itinerary

PADI diving course itinerary

Day 1  – PADI diving course training centre

08:00: First, complimentary hotel transfer
Available from Cairns city and Northern Beaches hotels/hostels

09:00: Check-in

09:15: Then, start your pool training

Noon Lunch break
(Lunch not provided)

13:00: After lunch, time for more pool training

17:00: Finally, return transfer back to your accommodation

Day 2 – PADI training centre

08:00: First, complimentary hotel transfer
Available from Cairns city and Northern Beaches hotels/hostels

09:00: Check-in

09:15: Then, start your pool training

Noon Lunch break
(Lunch not provided)

13:00: After lunch, time for more pool training

16:00: Additionally, you have the opportunity to gear up at the Pro Dive Cairns Retail Shop

17:00: Finally, return transfer back to your accommodation

Day 3 – Great Barrier Reef

06:00: First, complimentary hotel transfer
Available from Cairns city and Northern Beaches hotels/hostels

06:20: Check in at Pro Dive Cairns retail shop
Corner of Shields & Grafton Streets, Cairns City

07:00: Depart Cairns for three days & 2 nights on The Great Barrier Reef
Light breakfast served on board

11:00: Dive 1: training dive
On the Great Barrier Reef

12:30: Lunch

14:30: Dive 2: training dive

16:30:  Snorkelling opportunity

18:00: Dinner

19:45: The night dive
Watch the certified divers participating in the first-night dive of the trip

Day 4 – Great Barrier Reef

07:00: Dive 3: training dive
First dive of the day, before breakfast

09:00:  Breakfast

11:15: Dive 4: training dive
This will be the last training dive for Open Water certification

12:45: Lunch

15:15:  Dive 5
First dive as a newly certified scuba diver

17:45: Dinner

19:30: Dive 6: Finally, enjoy a guided night dive!

Day 5 – Great Barrier Reef

06:30: First, wake up to enjoy your last morning onboard the Scubapro vessel, then it’s Dive 7
Your first dive of the day – a sunrise dive to enjoy the reef waking up.

07:30: Breakfast

09:00: Dive 8

11:00: Dive 9
The last dive of the trip finished by 1200 noon

Noon Lunch – your last lunch on the Great Barrier Reef before returning to Cairns

16:00: Complimentary return transfer
Return transfer to your accommodation

19:30: Finally, join the farewell dinner (optional, additional cost)
Join fellow passengers and crew at a local restaurant for a farewell dinner


Included

5 Day Learn to Dive Course Includes:
• PADI Open Water Certification
• PADI Open Water manual (available in a variety of languages)
• All dive and snorkelling equiptment (prescription masks if required)
• All meals and bed linen on board the boat.
• Dive Insurance
• Dive Log book
• Accomodation transfers (city and northern beaches)
• 2 passport photos (required for certification)


What to bring

What to bring to your PADI diving course

  • Day 1 and 2: Towel, swimwear, sunscreen, money for lunch, and dive medical.
  • Day 3-5: Overnight bag with comfortable clothing and toiletries, towel, swimwear, sunscreen and a hat.
  • Credit card or cash for onboard purchases


Important Information

Padi diving course important Information

Queensland, Australia, has some of the strictest scuba diving rules globally and the safest scuba diving record.   All Scuba diving is regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and complies with all regulations, including medical, as is the law.

Furthermore, we recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire before booking, as some medical conditions, age and/or medications may prevent you from scuba diving.   Our mission is always to provide our passengers with the best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Medical Questionnaire

We are happy to help you with any questions you may have.   Please get in touch with our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us.

Alternatively, you may like to consult your Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms’ AS.4005.1

Flying after Scuba Diving

It would be best if you did not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive for single no-decompression scuba dive.  Furthermore, you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive for multiple dives.
If you are Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning, you must wait 24 hours after diving.
We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible.

Dive Course Required Swim

  • Finally, this dive course requires that you swim 200 metres or snorkel 300 metres and tread water/float for 10 minutes.

Please note that at the time of booking, a AUD$85.00 per person Environmental management charges & charges will be added. This fee includes a Government Environmental Management Charge of AUD21.00, Port Departure Tax and Administration Charges. This charge applies to all passengers travelling on the 3 Day 2 Night Liveaboard Dive trip and all Dive Courses combining the 3 Day trip. (This fee is subject to change and without notice.)


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