The 5 day PADI ‘Open Water’ dive course is by far the most popular way to learn to dive. The adventure of learning to dive combined with staying out on the reef for 2 nights onboard a boat is really unique. The course takes you to 9 of the Great Barrier Reef’s best dive sites & features two days of classroom & in-pool training, then it’s onto the live aboard boat for the actual reef diving. There’s also plenty of time to snorkel, relax & just enjoy the reef experience.
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ME Time optionals will take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences unique to the places you visit. See more, do more, live more & go home completely regret-free. Costs for these aren’t included in your tour cost & are payable to your Tour Manager in local currency.
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Pro Dive will collect you around 8.00am from the Rydges Esplanade Hotel and transfer you to the modern Pro-Dive Cairns Training Centre. The first two days of the course are spent learning the theory and practical skills of scuba diving. Each day ends at approximately 5.30pm.
- Learn how to scuba dive at Pro Dive's modern training centre
Set your alarms! This morning you'll be picked up from the Rydges Eplanade Hotel at 5.55am and transferred to a premium dive vessel where you're live aboard for the next 3 days & 2 nights. You'll participate in up to 9 dives on the outer Great Barrier Reef at a variety of our 16 exclusive dive sites. Your first 4 dives will complete your open water certification. And then, as certified diver, you’ll be able take up to 5 more recreational or ‘pleasure’ dives. One of these being a guided night dive! These extra dives will let you plunge into an unforgettable world of vibrant colour, incredible reef formations, amazing tropical fish and incredible marine life.
Boat Lunch, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
- Live aboard a premium dive vessel for 3 days
- See giant turtles, stingrays, huge clams, and the clearest blue waters on the planet
- Guided night dive showing you a whole different side of the reef
By midday today, you will have completed nine dives and gliding around in the underwater world will be second nature to you. We'll return to Cairns in the late afternoon. Then tonight join your new diving mates and crew for an optional farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
- Dive up to 9 times at a variety of 16 exclusive dive sites on the outer Great Barrier Reef
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