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Great Barrier Reef – Learn to Dive Courses 

World renowned as a hub for certified and advance scuba diving, Tropical North Queensland is also one of the best places in the world to expand your horizons and complete a learn to scuba dive course. A learn to dive course is a qualification course that will reward you with a recreational scuba diver certification which allows you to scuba dive all around the world and is valid for the rest of your life!

Could you imagine a more special place to learn to Scuba dive than the Great Barrier Reef. This is truly one to brag about to you friends and family back home.

Being so close to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns has a very well established dive industry which boast some of the worlds most experienced and well respected dive operators. So which ever company you choose to do your once in a life time learn to dive course with you are going to be a winner.

Let’s run through some of the options and technicalities that are available in Cairns as well as some of the points of difference and price variances between the many offerings:

 

 4 Day – Cairns Learn to Dive Courses

4 Day Open Water Dive Course

Down Under Cruise and Dive

From $620.00 AUD

5-Day Cairns Learn to Dive Courses

PADI - 5 Day Learn to Dive Course

ProDive Cairns

From $1,095.00 AUD

 

 4 Day Learn to Dive Courses (From $480-$580)

A 4 day learn to dive course is a great introduction to certified diving and a very common option chosen by travellers to Cairns who are on a tighter budget. Don’t be fooled by the title, a budget course does no shirk on any of the necessary technical requirements for certification. The difference is mainly in the length of course (4 days as opposed to 5 = fewer dives), and 2 x day trips to the outer reef (as opposed to an overnight on board the liveaboard vessel).

As the title suggests, this course is broken into four days:

Day 1- Morning is spent in the classroom learning a lot of the theory behind scuba diving. Mid way through day 1 you will put through a dive medical examination (non-invasive) which will determine if you are fit and healthy to scuba dive (If you do not pass the dive medical a full refund is available). In the afternoon some further theory will be provided and some basic tests conducted. Some introductory skills will also be conducted onsite in the learn to dive pool facility.

Day 2 – So you’ve passed your dive medical and you’re keen to press on with the open water certification. Once again the day will be split up between theory and some examinations in the classroom as well as more technical skills conducted in the onsite dive pool.

Day 3 – This is your first open water day. You will take the nominated day trip vessel out to the outer reef. En-route, your instructor will go through a refresher on all of the theory and skills that you have learned in days 1 and 2. You will conduct two instructor guided open water dives, where you will be required to do a number of supervised skill tests.

Day 4 – Once again you will take your nominated vessel out to the outer reef. On board your instructor will give you your final instructions, answer any questions and assure everyone is comfortable. You first dive will be your certification dive. Have completed this under supervision from your instructor, YOU ARE NOW A CERTIFIED DIVER! Finish the day off with a guided pleasure during which you will spend most of your time in a state of self congratulation. Head back home to Cairns with your Open Water Certificate signed off, and enjoy some cold beverages whilst under the setting Cairns sun.

 

5 Day Learn to Dive Course (Live-aboard) – from $800.00

Once again as the title suggest this dive course provides an open water certification but has the added bonus of an addition day of scuba diving at the reef in open water, as well as 2 nights overnight accommodation onboard a purpose built Liveaboard dive vessel at the edge of the Outer Barrier Reef. Total of 9 dives makes this option great value for money and a good way to really practice all of your new found skills.

Day 1- Morning is spent in the classroom learning a lot of the theory behind scuba diving. Mid way through day 1 you will put through a dive medical examination (non-invasive) which will determine if you are fit and healthy to scuba dive (If you do not pass the dive medical a full refund is available). In the afternoon some further theory will be provided and some basic tests conducted. Some introductory skills will also be conducted onsite in the learn to dive pool facility.

Day 2 – So you’ve passed your dive medical and you’re keen to press on with the open water certification. Once again the day will be split up between theory and some examinations in the classroom as well as more technical skills conducted in the onsite dive pool.

Day 3 – Board your liveaboard dive vessel from Cairns and head out for your 3 day/2 night Outer Reef experience. Day 3 will be spent finalizing the theory elements of your open water course, broken up by 2 guided open water scuba dives.  All meals are included, as well as twin share accommodation.

Day 4 – Wake up early for a pre breakfast dive this is your second last training dive and will be the deepest you will undertake. Indulge in a great breakfast, followed by your last few tips and training. Now for your final training dive. Complete you final guided training dive, and come up with a smile from ear to ear, because… YOU ARE NOW A CERTIFIED DIVER

Having spent the afternoon congratulating yourself and others, finish this amazing day with a guided night dive (under water torches provided).. This is guaranteed to be a dive you will not forget.

Day 5 – Wake up for your early morning guided recreation dive, before indulging in you chef prepared breakfast. After breakfast it’s time to suit up again for your 9th and final; dive of the trip. This will still be a guided dive, but based on your demonstrated skills you will have a bit more freedom to do a little exploring…. Enjoy your trip back to Cairns basking in the sunshine contemplating when and where you will be doing your next dive, and the dive after that.

Follow these links for more info about Day Dive Trips or live-aboard Diving Trips

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