PADI Learn to Dive Course with Accommodation

Pro Dive Cairns is recognized worldwide as a leader in all aspects of scuba diving education. We offer students a professional and safe learning environment and combine it with spectacular dive locations on the Great Barrier Reef. Our custom built training centre is located in the Cairns city and there is no better place in the world to learn to dive! Water temperatures range from 22C to 30C allowing comfortable diving all year round. The PADI 5 day learn to dive course is broken down to two components: - 2 days of pool and classroom training - 3 day 2 night live aboard trip to the Outer Great Barrier Reef You will spend days 2 and 3 at our training centre where you will learn the academics of scuba diving & then in the pool where you put these basics into practice. At the end of Day 3 you are invited to attend "Reef Teach" which is a marine biology presentation where you will learn about the Great Barrier Reef (additional cost). Day 4, 5, and 6 are spent on board one of our Scubapro vessels out on the Great Barrier Reef. Whilst on the reef you take part in your 4 training/qualifying dives, which completes your PADI Open Water Certification. After this you are able to go on and enjoy 5 more dives as a recreational diver, one of which is a night dive guided by your instructor. These dives on the Great Barrier Reef will be truly spectacular and memorable and the highlight of your course. On your return to Cairns, passengers and crew get together in a local restaurant to celebrate the conclusion of your trip.

  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: CNS6DA/158819
  • Starts: Cairns, Australia
  • Finishes: Cairns, Australia
You will Visit
  • Cairns



Day 1

Arrive in Cairns and make your way to Caravellas Backpackers. The rest of your day is at leisure.


Day 2

Academic and Pool Training
- Please note: Pick up times will vary so please check your time with our office. Please bring your travel voucher and/or course fees, money for your dive medical and lunch, swimwear and a towel.
08:00hrs Complimentary hotel transfer.
08:30 Check in at Pro Dive Training Centre - 116 Spence Street, Cairns
08:45 Academic training in the classroom
13:00 Dive medical and lunch break (lunch at own expense)
14:00 Pool training
17:30 Complimentary transfer returns you to your accommodation


Day 3

Academic and Pool Training
07:30hrs Complimentary hotel transfer
08:00 Equipment talk, free time in the pool to try different equipment
09:15 Pool Training
12:15 Gearing up at Pro Dive retail shop and opportunity to make any purchases with a 10% discount
13:00 Lunch break (lunch at own expense)
14:00 Return to Training Centre for academic training and final exam
17:45 Complimentary transfer returns you to your accommodation or to Reef Teach (optional).


Day 4

Diving the Outer Great Barrier Reef
05:45hrs Complimentary hotel transfer.
06:15 Check in at Pro Dive retail shop - corner Shields and Grafton Streets.
07:00 Depart Cairns for 3 days and 2 nights of fantastic diving/snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. A light breakfast is served onboard.
10:30 Your first training dive in the ocean
12:00 Lunch is served - hearty soup with an array of fresh salads, cold meats and bread rolls.
14:30 Your second training dive
18:00 Dinner - the menu changes each trip however it will be wholesome, hot & of course lots of it! Then time to relax.
Accommodation is included on the boat tonight.


Day 5

Experience further fantastic diving on the Outer Great Barrier Reef
07:00hrs Your third training dive.
08:00 Enjoy a hearty breakfast of cereal, fresh fruit, bacon and eggs as well as toast & spreads.
10:30 Your fourth and final training dive!
12:00 Lunch on the second day is hot pasta with a variety of fresh salads.
14:30 You are now a certified diver - your first pleasure dive!
18:00 A hot dinner is served
19:30 A guided night dive!
Accommodation is included on the boat tonight.


Day 6

Morning dives and return to Cairns
06:30hrs Your first dive of the day.
07:30 A hot breakfast accompanied with fresh fruit salad, cereals and toast.
09:00 After breakfast, the vessel makes its last site of the trip, where you will do your second dive.
11:00 Your last dive of the trip!
12:00 A selection of freshly made sandwiches is served before the vessel heads back to Cairns
16:00 Complimentary accommodation transfers - Cairns City and Northern Beaches.
19:30 Join fellow passengers and crew at a local restaurant for a farewell dinner! (optional)


Day 7

Check out of your accommodation.

    • On land
    • Accommodation at Caravellas Backpackers
    • PADI Open Water Certification
    • PADI Open Water Student Manual and RDP table
    • All Stationary requirements needed for classroom activities
    • Dive Log Book
    • Accommodation transfers daily
    • 2x Passport photos required for certification card
    • Use of all required dive equipment (including prescription mask if necessary)
    • At sea
    • Accommodation transfers
    • 9 dives (4 training + 5 fun dives - weather permitting)
    • Twin or double cabin accommodation on board
    • All meals whilst onboard
    • Bed linen
    • Full dive equipment, including computer, wetsuit and/or stinger suit
    • Prescription masks available if required
    • Torches and cyalume sticks for night diving
    • Dive insurance
    • Luggage storage facilities at retail store

      Please note that Accommodation is in a 4 or 6 shared dorm at Caravellas Backpackers, Cairns on nights 1, 2, 3 and 6. Nights 4 and 5 are provided on your dive boat

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Tour Highlights:
    • Milln Reef
    • Milln Reef offers a number of exciting dive sites such as Whale Bommie, Petaj Mooring, Swimming Pools I, Swimming Pools II and Three Sisters to name a few. Our dive site at Petaj is home to resident turtles and white tip reef sharks. At the Swimming Pools you can expect to see schools of diagonally banded sweetlips and nudibranchs to name a few. Milln reef offers excellent wall dives and swim throughs and is great for night diving. Some of the walls are full of sleeping parrot fish in their mucus sacks, turtles and barracudas and the occasional bull ray. Whale bommie provides you with a good dive in depths exceeding 20 metres. A great site to dive at night where you can expect to see sleeping turtles, reef crabs, painted lobsters and some great soft corals, gorgonian fans.
    • Flynn Reef
    • Flynn Reef is one of our most popular reefs to dive and will offer the novice to the very experienced diver plenty of memorable dives. We have moorings at a number of the well known dive sites at Flynn reef such as Tracy`s Bommie, Gordon`s Mooring, Tennis Courts & Coral Gardens. These sites offer you excellent wall dives, swim-throughs, overhangs and night diving. Expect to see an abundance of marine life combined with plenty of hard corals such as staghorn, table, plate and boulder coral heads and many species of soft corals
    • Pellowe Reef
    • Pellowe Reef is a very exciting dive site! A small isolated reef located close to the edge of the continental shelf. For this reason access to the reef is very weather and tidal dependent. The reef drops away very quickly at places to 30 metres and stronger currents can be present as well. This site offers divers an exciting wall dive and one great swim through. The majority of the dives will be in depths between 5 to 20 metres. Being closer to the shelf large pelagic fish can be sighted along with the more regular sightings of schools of chevron barracuda, numerous sea cucumbers and nudibranchs.
    • Thetford Reef
    • Thetford Reef is made up of numerous coral bommies where you can experience some very exciting wall dives and many swim throughs. This reef is home to many soft and hard corals like staghorn and plate coral and an abundance of marine life. Look for the giant clams, butterfly fish, damsels and angelfish. Access to the reef is very weather and tidal dependent.
    • Reef Teach
    • You are invited to Reef Teach, which is a marine biology presentation held at 6:15pm the night before your trip departure. Reef Teach is located at 14 Spence Street (off the corner of Spence & Lake Streets). Unfortunately Reef Teach doesn`t operate on Sunday evenings, so if you are traveling on the Monday departure you either have the option to attend Reef Teach on the Saturday evening prior to your trip or once you get back from you.