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Pro Dive Cairns: PADI Open Water Dive Course

4 & 5 Day Options | Operates: Most Days (details below) | Departs: 7.30am | Transfers available: Cairns city included

Pro Dive Cairns are one of the most respected and trusted learn to dive operators in Cairns. With over 25 years experience and accreditation as a PADI 5 Star Training and Instructor Development Centre, you can be assured you will enjoy the highest standards of dive education available anywhere in the world, when you sign up for a 4 or 5 day PADI Pro Dive Cairns learn to dive course.

What is a PADI learn to dive course? PADI stands for the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, which is the world’s largest recreational diving membership and training organisation. Completing one of these courses gives you an Open Water scuba diving license, which will allow you to dive anywhere in the world, within the limits of your certification (see the Diving Info tab below).

Pro Dive Cairns has its own training facilities and pools in Cairns, which underwent a $2 million expansion and refurbishment in late 2011, to include 6 air-conditioned classrooms, 2 large, heated training pools and shaded break-out areas for dive students to relax. The Learn to Dive courses are available as two options, a 4 Day Budget and 5 Day Liveaboard. Each course includes a minimum of two (2) days learning theory and practising basic scuba skills in Cairns and from there the courses differ, as follows.

The 4 Day Budget Course includes 2 day trips to the Great Barrier Reef with TUSA Dive; the 5 Day Liveaboard Course includes 3 days / 2 nights aboard Pro Dive Cairns’ liveaboard boat ScubaPro. The budget course includes meals on the day trips and no accommodation. The liveaboard course includes meals, accommodation, linen and free Wi-Fi while you are at sea (not the Cairns component). For more information, please see the itinerary and price tabs below.

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
4 Day Budget (Day Trips) Dive Course 6 $780.00 $20.00 $800.00
5 Day PADI Learn To Dive (9-Dives) Dive Course 9 $940.00 $80.00 $1,020.00

Remember to learn to dive you must be able to swim, you must be medically fit with no asthma and not be taking any prescription medication. If you are over the ages of 45 years, then you will need a Queensland certified dive medical. PADI recommends allowing 24 hours after diving before flying in an airplane.

Inclusions: Accommodation transfers (City and Northern Beaches) 5 Day Course Only, all dive equipment (includes wetsuit, dive computer and prescription mask if required), all meals, accommodation includes bed linen (on the liveaboard course).

Extras: (Pay Later Budget Course) An additional $10 per person per day at sea for Fuel, Port & Reef charge is payable on the first day of travel.

Extras: (Pay Later Liveaboard Courses) The additional fee of $80 person includes a $10.50 Government Environmental Management Charge as well as a Port Departure Tax and administration costs.

Important Note: (Dive Medical) Student Diver Medical Declaration and Dive Medical (if required) must be completed within 90 days of commencement of your learn to dive course. Download print and read the Student Diver Medical Declaration.

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

The itinerary and start days / times for Pro Dive Cairns’ learn to dive courses vary between the 4 Day Budget and 5 Day Liveaboard options: specific notes on each is as follows. The
first 2 days are the same for each course.

  • 4 Day Learn to Dive Course: Starts Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
  • 5 Day Learn to Dive Course: Starts every day except Sunday

Please note: neither course includes accommodation or meals in Cairns, during the first two training days.

DAY 1 – CAIRNS: Your Pro Dive Cairns learn to dive course commences with a complimentary coach pick-up from Cairns city hotels, transferring you to their professional dive centre on Spence Street for an 8.30am registration. Spend the morning in the air-conditioned classroom, learning the academic side to scuba diving, including equipment, safe diving techniques and depths, pressure and decompression and dive safety signals. There is a one hour lunch break at 1pm (lunch is not included) and for those who require a dive medical, this is your chance to do so (AUD $60.50 fee payable direct to the Doctor, in addition to the course cost). At 2pm you commence pool training, where you can practise using scuba equipment and breathing under water. Your first day concludes at 5.30pm, with transfers back to your accommodation. NB: Your instructor will give you some homework to take home tonight, so be prepared for some reading and light study on dive theory and safe practices.

DAY 2 – CAIRNS: It’s a 7.30am coach pick-up time today, before getting straight into the pool at 8.30am for more confined water diving, which basically means learning to breathe underwater and staying submerged. At 12.30pm there is a quick trip to the Pro Dive retail store (in case you want to get your own mask, snorkel or other equipment). Then a one hour lunch break (lunch is not included) before you return to the dive centre at 2.00pm to complete your last classroom modules and final written exam. This evening there is an optional 2.5 hour (not included) Reef Teach marine biology presentation. This is a great way to learn more about the Great Barrier environment, ecosystem, corals and marine life, before you head to sea tomorrow.


BUDGET: Today you start the first of your training dives on the Great Barrier Reef. The day trips are undertaken with local dive company TUSA Dive, who have Cairns’ newest reef day tour boat, complete with diving equipment and spacious dive deck. The training dives are guided by a dive master aboard TUSA. Boarding commences at Cairns’ Marlin Marina at 7.30am (coach transfers are available at additional cost) and you’ll undertake 3 of the 4 training dives needed to complete your certification today. Morning and afternoon tea, as well as a buffet lunch and all diving equipment and tuition, is included in the course cost. TUSA returns to Cairns in the afternoon around 4.30pm.

LIVEABOARD: Today is the day you head to the Outer Great Barrier Reef, to complete your training dives and become a certified diver! You will spend the next 3 days at sea, so pack your luggage. All meals, accommodation and linen is included, but you should bring at least two towels with you (one for the dive deck and one for showers at night). It’s an early start with a 5.45am coach pick-up and 6.15am check-in at the Pro Dive retail store, before boarding the Scubapro vessel for a 7am departure. Enjoy a light breakfast on board and settle in to your cabin quarters on the outward journey, you’ll be in the water before you know it. At 11.30am you enter the water for your first training dive with your professional, qualified instructor right there to assist and calm your nerves. Afterwards, it’s back to the boat for a hearty lunch and then back into the water for your second training dive: there are four to complete before you are certified. Dinner is served at 6pm and there is plenty of time afterwards to relax and unwind with dive buddies.


BUDGET: This morning you complete your training dives and then there’s time for 2 guided, certified, pleasure dives on the Great Barrier Reef! Timing is the same as day 3: you need to be at Cairns’ Marlin Marina at 7.30am and you will be back in Cairns by 4.30pm that afternoon. Morning and afternoon tea, as well as a buffet lunch and all diving equipment and tuition are included in the course cost. This completes your 4 Day Pro Dive Cairns Learn to Dive Course.

LIVEABOARD: This morning begins with the deepest dive of your training and it’s an early start at 7am. A hearty cooked breakfast of bacon and eggs is served afterwards, as you prepare for your final training dive at 10.30am. Celebrate being a certified diver over lunch and then it’s back into the water, where you can enjoy your first, certified, pleasure dive on the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy the freedom of exploring the Great Barrier Reef with your dive buddy sans instructor, it’s an amazing experience. Dinner is served at 6pm and afterwards there is the choice of taking a guided night dive. These are a completely different experience to diving during the day time and definitely worth taking advantage of.


LIVEABOARD: It’s your last day of scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, so start early with a 6.30am dive. During breakfast, Pro Dive Cairns’ Scubapro boat makes its way to the last dive site of your trip. Your last dive is completed at 11am and this afternoon you return to Cairns, with complimentary transfers back to your accommodation in the city or Cairns Northern Beaches at 4pm. It is a tradition that instructors and newly qualified divers meet up for dinner that night at a local restaurant. This is not included in the price and is completely optional, but it’s a great way to wrap up the most amazing and life changing course you may ever undertake. This completes your 5 Day Pro Dive Cairns Learn to Dive Course.

Please note: That an Australian Dive Medical Certification may be required in some cases before the start of a dive course. 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.

The PADI Open Water Dive course is internationally recognised and will provide you with 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. All instruction manuals are included in the course cost. At completion you are not certified for solo diving or deep diving.

You will spend two days in Cairns, learning the core skills needed to scuba dive safely with professional PADI Instructors. If you are nervous in the water, make sure you let them know, as the instructors are only too happy to spend extra time with you, making you completely at ease before you head out to the open waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

If you are completing the 4 Day Budget Course, please note that your instructors on the boat will be different to the instructors in the swimming pool. 5 Day Liveaboard Course participants will have the same instructor for the duration of the course.

The theory elements are completed in air-conditioned classrooms and basic scuba skills are practised in a heated swimming pool in Cairns, before you head out to the open waters of the Great Barrier Reef. All training dives are guided by dive masters.

The number of scuba dives you will complete, depends on which course you choose. Please see below.

  • 4 Day Budget Course: 4 training dives, become certified and 2 pleasure dives.
  • 5 Day Liveaboard Course: 4 training dives, become certified and have up to 5 pleasure dives, including a night dive.

Dive insurance is included in the 5 Day Liveaboard Course cost.

PADI open water 5 day course with Pro Dive - Al

Clint and the rest of the team are knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, and efficient. Sorted everything out and I had an amazing time learning scuba and diving in the Great Barrier Reef. Definitely, do the liveaboard, it was a blast. A great trip, great crew and beautiful diving. So glad to learnt o dive on the reef! ... travelled on 04/01/2018

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A dream that became real - Raquel Klein Paulsen

Learning to dive with Prodive was great. My instructor, Lucy, was very kind, the best ever! :) The trip was amazing and I strongly recommend it to anyone that wants to learn to dive! The great barrier reef is awesome, a piece of heaven... I always wanted to learn to dive, and I'm sure I did it with the best in the field. ... travelled on 29/12/2013

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