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Tusa Dive: 2 Day Open Water Referral

2 Days | Operates: Mondays – Thursdays - Saturdays | Departs: 8am | Transfers available: Yes, extra

Have you already completed the theory and pool component of your Open Water Learn to Dive Course? Just need to complete the dive training with a qualified instructor and want to do it on the Great Barrier Reef? Tusa Dive can help.

Tusa Dive has Cairns’ newest reef day tour boat, equipped with the latest diving equipment and computers. Providing daily dive / snorkel trips from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef, Tusa also offers an Open Water Referral Course. Completed over 2 day trips aboard Tusa Dive’s T6 catamaran, you will undertake the four (4) training dives required to complete your PADI or SSI Open Water Course, to certification standards. You will also have time for two (2) pleasure dives on the Great Barrier Reef.

Please note to participate in an Open Water Referral Course you will need to have your referral paperwork with you, as issued and signed by the Dive Instructor who completed your pool / theory training. You may also be required to complete an Australian Dive Medical to Australian standards, this can be arranged at several Cairns doctors / medical clinics. Please have this with you.

The price for this course includes: 2 day trips to the Great Barrier Reef, including morning and afternoon tea as well as a buffet lunch; 4 training dives and instruction with a PADI or SSI Dive Instructor; all dive equipment; PADI / SSI certification costs; 2 pleasure dives on the Great Barrier Reef.

NOTE: An Australian Dive Medical may be required to be completed prior to / in conjunction with this course. This is an additional cost and can be undertaken locally at several Cairns doctors / medical clinics. Contact us for more information..

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Rate Option # Dives Price Taxes Total Deposit
Referral Course (Adult) Dive Course 6 $680.00 $20.00 $700.00 $170.00

Inclusions: Dive Certification Costs, Fresh & healthy buffet style lunch, Morning tea & self serve tea & Coffee, Quality diving equipment & wetsuits, Reef interpretation presentation

Extras (Pay Later): An additional $10 per person per day is payable onboard on the day of travel. The reef levy is comprised of $3.50 Environment Management Charge, $1.10 port charge, and $5.40 administrative fees and GST. Return transfers from Cairns $12 per person & Northern Beaches $17 per person

Addtional Extras: Return transfers from Cairns $12 per person & Northern Beaches $17.00 per person

Dive Medical AS4005.1: Appox $60.50 (If required, needs to be arrange prior to course)

Prices are shown in Australian dollars and include GST. Prices subject to change without notice.

The itinerary for both days of your Open Water Referral Course are pretty much the same, as you are taking 2 day tours aboard Tusa Dive’s T6 boat. T6 can visit up to 16 different reef sites, usually 2 per day, with a maximum of 3 dives per day. The order in which you complete / undertake your 4 training dives will be at the discretion of your Dive Instructor. This will be discussed with you on day 1. A basic, daily itinerary for Tusa Dive is as follows.

Please note: On day 1, you will need to bring your ‘referral’ paperwork with you, showing evidence that you have successfully completed your pool / theory training. This should be issued and signed by the Dive Instructor, who completed said training. If you were required to complete a dive medical, you will also need to bring this with you. You will need two passport sized photos, for your dive certification card.

Your Open Water Referral Course starts with check-in at the Tusa Dive boat, T6, on A-Finger at Cairns’ Marlin Marina at 7.40am. T6 has a scheduled departure time of 8am. Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are served on arrival and detailed (trip, itinerary and safety) briefings are provided by the crew, on the way to the reef.

During the 90-minute transfer time from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef, you will sit with your Dive Instructor to review your training documentation and knowledge. They will provide any refresher required and a thorough overview of the scuba diving equipment and information on the training dives.

You arrive at the first reef site around 9.30am and it’s pretty much straight into the water for your first dive. The second dive of the day is generally around 11.15am, with a buffet lunch served from 12pm. During lunch, T6 moves to its second reef location. The third and final dive is usually around 2pm and T6 departs the reef at 3pm, arriving back into Cairns at 4.30pm.

Day 2 will be pretty much the same, except today you will complete your training and become a certified Open Water scuba diver!

Please note: Anyone wanting to learn to scuba dive in Cairns must first pass an Australian Dive Medical Certification. Please note that some medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes and heart conditions) will preclude you from learning to dive. For more information, please visit the Dive Medical page.

This Open Water Referral Course is suitable for those people who have already successfully passed the pool and theory training and have the relevant paperwork demonstrating this, signed by your Dive Instructor. This course can be used to complete either a PADI or SSI Open Water Course and all final course / administration costs are covered in the price.

Once you have successfully completed the four (4) training dives, you will have time for two (2) pleasure dives. At the end of day 2 – assuming all has gone well – you will be a certified Open Water scuba diver. This means you will have all of the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need, to dive anywhere in the world to a maximum depth of 18m, when diving with a buddy. At completion you are not certified for solo diving or deep diving.


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