Learn to Dive

Tour Length
5 days
From
US$940
Overview Reviews

  • Katherine
  • Katherine
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 1 Country
Learn to Dive
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

fun and very safe!

17 Nov 2015 - 21 Nov 2015

This class was thorough and required a lot from its students. I enjoyed the boat setup and all of our dives. But you don't need to bring shoes on the boat because you will be barefoot the whole time, and try to get on of those quick drying towels from kathmandu. None of the cotton towels could dry in time on deck - but those could handle the quick turn around dives.

Also, if you get seasick I highly recommend taking dramamine most of the time you are out there. But the night before take it and then again in the morning while boarding. I was able to keep my dosage up and then during the tough drive out to the reef I was fine and didn't get sick. But I did sit at the back of the boat staring at the horizon the whole time. Once we made it to the reef it was easy. But the same for heading back into town - keep your dramamine levels up. I'm prone to get sick but with these tips you should be fine.

My dive partner and I rented a dive camera that we really didn't need. We got maybe 2 or three photos that were good, but looking back I would just wait until I'm a more experienced diver to get a nice camera to take photos with.

One of my favorite parts of the day was sitting up on deck after the dives to see the stars out there and relax with a beer gossiping about what each person saw that day or what good stories they had.

Review written Dec 2015

My Contiki was: learn, enjoy, educational

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  • Katherine
  • Katherine
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 1 Country
Learn to Dive
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

fun and very safe!

17 Nov 2015 - 21 Nov 2015

This class was thorough and required a lot from its students. I enjoyed the boat setup and all of our dives. But you don't need to bring shoes on the boat because you will be barefoot the whole time, and try to get on of those quick drying towels from kathmandu. None of the cotton towels could dry in time on deck - but those could handle the quick turn around dives.

Also, if you get seasick I highly recommend taking dramamine most of the time you are out there. But the night before take it and then again in the morning while boarding. I was able to keep my dosage up and then during the tough drive out to the reef I was fine and didn't get sick. But I did sit at the back of the boat staring at the horizon the whole time. Once we made it to the reef it was easy. But the same for heading back into town - keep your dramamine levels up. I'm prone to get sick but with these tips you should be fine.

My dive partner and I rented a dive camera that we really didn't need. We got maybe 2 or three photos that were good, but looking back I would just wait until I'm a more experienced diver to get a nice camera to take photos with.

One of my favorite parts of the day was sitting up on deck after the dives to see the stars out there and relax with a beer gossiping about what each person saw that day or what good stories they had.

Review written Dec 2015

My Contiki was: learn, enjoy, educational

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  • Travis
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country
Learn to Dive
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Best way to see the Great Barrier Reef

04 Oct 2014 - 08 Oct 2014

Great Staff and people I had a blast even ended up taking an extra certification on the boat. The hostel is a party hostel so be ready but nights are quite on the boat. The food you are served by pro-dive is awesome

Review written May 2015

My Contiki was: DO IT, AWESOME, ONCE IN A LIFETIME

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  • Travis
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country
Learn to Dive
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Best way to see the Great Barrier Reef

04 Oct 2014 - 08 Oct 2014

Great Staff and people I had a blast even ended up taking an extra certification on the boat. The hostel is a party hostel so be ready but nights are quite on the boat. The food you are served by pro-dive is awesome

Review written May 2015

My Contiki was: DO IT, AWESOME, ONCE IN A LIFETIME

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Learn to Dive
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Best Trip

28 May 2013 - 01 Jun 2013

We spent the first 2 days learning skills at pro dive it was a mixture of theory and practical. Some of the skills we learned were assembling our tanks,filling our masks with water and emptying them while underwater in the pool, losing and recovering our regulators. On day 3 we were taken to the pro dive retail shop where we could store any extra luggage then we were taken on the bus to the wharf. Our boat was called scuba pro and it was our home for the next 3 days.
On day 1 we went diving twice and it was amazing, the water was a bit rough but once we were under the water it was spectacular. After the second dive on day 2 we were certified open water divers and we are now able to dive to 18 meters. On our third dive we went diving by ourselves in buddy teams without instructors, it was such a different experience. The fourth dive was an optional night dive i was too sick to do it but everybody loved it. On day 3 you did another 3 dives unless you had an early flight then you couldn't because you can only fly after 24 hours of not diving. I went snorkeling 2 times and i saw so many amazing fish and coral it was so beautiful. We had an amazing cook who was so nice she even prepared separate food for me because i have coeliacs, it was nice because it made me feel like i was normal again. The staff and instructors were all so nice even when you struggled with something for example i had major issues with the stairs to get back on the boat they were so patient and they saved me numerous times. The staff did such a great job at keeping the boat clean, it was such a great environment to live in. I was lucky enough to be with the people i was and i would not change a single thing about my trip except for i wish it was longer. It was so sad to say goodbye to the new friends i had just made including the staff, to me we weren't students and instructors, we were family.

Review written Jun 2013

My Contiki was: epic, fun, family

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Learn to Dive
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Best Trip

28 May 2013 - 01 Jun 2013

We spent the first 2 days learning skills at pro dive it was a mixture of theory and practical. Some of the skills we learned were assembling our tanks,filling our masks with water and emptying them while underwater in the pool, losing and recovering our regulators. On day 3 we were taken to the pro dive retail shop where we could store any extra luggage then we were taken on the bus to the wharf. Our boat was called scuba pro and it was our home for the next 3 days.
On day 1 we went diving twice and it was amazing, the water was a bit rough but once we were under the water it was spectacular. After the second dive on day 2 we were certified open water divers and we are now able to dive to 18 meters. On our third dive we went diving by ourselves in buddy teams without instructors, it was such a different experience. The fourth dive was an optional night dive i was too sick to do it but everybody loved it. On day 3 you did another 3 dives unless you had an early flight then you couldn't because you can only fly after 24 hours of not diving. I went snorkeling 2 times and i saw so many amazing fish and coral it was so beautiful. We had an amazing cook who was so nice she even prepared separate food for me because i have coeliacs, it was nice because it made me feel like i was normal again. The staff and instructors were all so nice even when you struggled with something for example i had major issues with the stairs to get back on the boat they were so patient and they saved me numerous times. The staff did such a great job at keeping the boat clean, it was such a great environment to live in. I was lucky enough to be with the people i was and i would not change a single thing about my trip except for i wish it was longer. It was so sad to say goodbye to the new friends i had just made including the staff, to me we weren't students and instructors, we were family.

Review written Jun 2013

My Contiki was: epic, fun, family

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What's Included

All of this & more, included as standard on your trip.

Accommodation

  • 4 nights accommodation: 2 nights hostel on nights 1 & 2, 2 nights twin-share on board the boat on nights 3 & 4
  • Transfers from Cairns accommodation to boat
  • PADI Open Water Diver certificate & manual
  • Log book
  • Scuba equipment

Important info: Course is open age and unescorted. You will need to contact Pro Dive in order to arrange your transfer on Day 1 (prodivecairns.com or 07 4031 5255). Safety dictates that you can’t fly or go to an altitude of 300m or over within 24 hours of your last dive (approx. 12:00noon). An Australian diving medical certificate may be needed. Prior to commencing your Learn to Dive Course you are required to complete the self-assessment Entry Level Student Dive Medical Declaration and bring with you on day 1.

Food

  • 7 meals:
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 2 dinners

Inclusions

  • 1 World Heritage Site visited
  • Learn how to scuba dive at Pro Dive's modern training centre
  • Environmental Management Charge included
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On a budget?

  • The average cost per day for this tour is US$188
  • You only need a US$200 deposit to book and pay in full 45 days before you travel.
  • Pay in installments, with Contiki Easy Pay
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