5 Day PADI Learn to Scuba Dive Course

Combining the PADI Openwater Scuba Diving Course with a liveaboard
trip on the Great Barrier Reef is Pro Dive's most popular way to 

Learn to Dive

Now Available to Book Online for start dates from 01 April, 2017 through to 31 March, 2018.  New prices apply from 01 April, 2017 and EMC/Fuel levy increases to $75.00 from 01 April 2017


 

About Trip/ Course
 
About Scubapro
 
Departs Daily Except Sunday No. of Divers 32
Duration 5 Days Cabin Types 14 Twin berth - 2 Double Berth
No. Dives 9 Dives Ensuites Share Bathrooms
Check in 8.30am Cairns Nitrox Available
Check out 4.30pm Carins Star Rating 3 Star
Min Cert OpenWater Course Diving Experience Diving is suitable for all level of divers

 

Itinerary Time Activity
Day 1 8.30am - 5.00pm Theory & Pool at Training Center
Day 2 8.30am - 5.00pm Theory & Pool, Theory Exam at Training Center
Day 3 7.00am - First Day at Sea O/Water Dives 1 & 2, Snorkel the rest of the day
Day 4 Second Day at Sea O/Water Dives3 & 4 plus 2 Pleasure Dives inc Night Dive
Day 5 Final Day at Sea - 4.30pm 3 Pleasure Dives

 

About the Course
The first two days of the course will be at Pro Dive Cairns' professional Training Centre in Cairns City. The Training Centre features all the modern facilities needed to learn to scuba dive. We also boast Cairns deepest scuba diving training pool.  At 4.5 meters in the middle, students get an excellent idea of what diving really feels like with all the equipment. Days 3 , 4 and 5 are spent on the outer reef, onboard Pro Dive Cairns' liveaboard dive vessel, MV Scuba Pro. You will be diving on a choice of sixteen sites exclusive to Pro Dive Cairns - refer to Itinerary Section. Courses start everyday except Sunday. The course includes 4 Openwater Training Dives plus 5 pleasure dives including 1 fully escorted pleasure night dive

Our vessels are 25 metres (80 feet) in length, centrally air-conditioned, light and airy. There are 2 large decks, one for scuba diving and snorkel gear and one strictly for sun tanning and relaxing. These vessels are the only purpose built outer reef dive liveaboards operating in the area. There are a total of 16 Cabins which sleep a maximum of two per cabin and a bathroom for every two cabins. Dinner, the menu changes each trip, however it will be wholesome, hot and of course lots of it. Dessert is served after the night dive. Please advise if you are a vegetarian and we will do our best to make sure we cater for you. Single travellers are accommodated in the twin berth cabins with another diver. 


Please contact travel@prodive.com or call 1 800 820 820 if you require more information

 

Inclusions


  • PADI Gold Open Water certification
  • PADI Open Water manual (various languages available)
  • Accommodation transfers from Cairns City and Northern Beaches only
  • 2x passport photos
  • 2 days of theory and confined water (pool) training
  • 3 day 2 night Outer Reef liveaboard trip
  • 2 nights accommodation on board vessel (all twin cabins)
  • All meals whilst on board
  • Bed linen (no bath towels)
  • Essential dive equipment hire, including dive computer and 5mm short arm/leg wetsuit
  • Prescription masks (if required)
  • Dive Insurance - for dive related injuries and evacuation only
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Up to 9 dives (4 training dives, 5 fun dives)

Exclusions


  • Flights to and from Cairns
  • Accomodation in Cairns
  • Environmental Management Charge, Port and administration fees, and fuel levy -  AU$70 per person/$75.00 from 01 April, 2017
  • Underwater Canon digital camera hire
  • Nitrox air fills
  • Cost of Dive Medical (if required)
  • Trip cancellation or interruption Insurance
  • Deck and bath towels
  • Personal toiletries
  • Reef Teach course
 

Itinerary


5 DAY LEARN TO DIVE COURSE

Commences:   Cairns 8:30am day 1
Concludes:      Cairns 4:00pm day 5

Planning your travel arrangements
You will need to be in Cairns the night before departure.

Check-in and Hotel Transfers
Email info@prodivecairns.com up to 48 hours prior to course start date to advise your accommodation, we will then organise a transfer for you. 

Fit to Dive
Some medical conditions may prevent you from diving. You will be required to obtain a dive medical certificate if you answer “yes” to any of the questions on the Entry Level Student Diver Medical Declaration form. We recommend you complete a dive medical (if required) before you arrive in Cairns.

Web address for Doctors registered to do Dive Medicals Australia Wide- www.spums.org.au
Web address for Cairns 24hr Medical Center - Can provide Dive Medicals until 8pm - www.thedoctors.com.au

Minimum age to learn to dive
The minimum age in Queensland is 12 years. All students under 18 years of age will be required to provide signed parent or guardian consent form. This form is available at the dive centre.

Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or adult over the age of 18.
Children between the ages of 12 and 14 years will be trained to dive to a depth of 12 meters and will qualify as Junior Open Water Divers.

What to bring on day one
Please bring along your swimwear, towel, cash for lunch and valid dive medical (if required).

DAY 1 - Academic and Pool Training

08:00 Complimentary Hotel transfer service available from accommodation in Cairns and Northern Beaches up to Palm Cove
08:30 Registration at Pro Dive Cairns Training Centre, 116 Spence Street, Cairns
08:45 Academic Training in the classroom
13:00 Lunch break (Lunch not Included)
14:00 Pool training
17:30 Complimentary Hotel Transfer service available

DAY 2 - Academic and Pool Training

07:30 Complimentary Hotel Transfer service available
08:30 Pool Training
12:30 Equipment preparation for Reef Trip at Dive Shop
13:00 Lunch Break (Lunch not Included)
14:00 Academic Training in the classroom and Final exam
17:45 Complimentary hotel transfer service available or transfer to Reef Teach Marine Biology presentation (optional). Please note transfer not available after Reef Teach. 

Reef Teach: (Optional) You are invited to Reef Teach, which is a marine biology presentation held at 6:15pm the night before your trip departure for an extra cost. Unfortunately Reef Teach doesn't operate on Sunday evenings. 
Click here for more information!

DAY 3 - Diving the Outer Great Barrier Reef

05:45 Complimentary Hotel Transfer service - available from Cairns and Northern Beaches accommodation
06:15 Check-In at Dive Shop, Cnr Grafton and Shields Street, Cairns
07:00 Depart Cairns for 3days 2nights of fantastic diving on the Great Barrier Reef. A light breakfast is served onboard.
11:30 Your first Training Dive in the ocean. Lunch will then be served.
12:45 Lunch is served- hearty soup with an array of fresh salads, cold meats and bread rolls.
14:30 Yours second training dive
18:00 Dinner- the menu changes each trip however it will be wholesome, hot and of course lots of it! Then- time to relax!

DAY 4 - More Great Diving

07:00 Third Training Dive before Breakfast. This will be the deepest training dive for your certification
08:00 Enjoy a hearty breakfast of cereal, fresh fruit, bacon and eggs as well as toast and spreads
10:30 The last Training Dive for your PADI Open Water Certification Course!
12:00 Lunch on the second day is a hot pasta with a variety of fresh salads
15:00 You are now a certified diver! First pleasure dive!
18:00 Dinner- again, the menu changes each trip however it will be wholesome, hot and of course lots of it!
19:00 A guided night dive after dinner. Another great experience!

DAY 5 - More Diving and Return to Cairns

06:30 Your first dive of the day
07:30 A hot breakfast accompanied with fresh fruit salad, cereals and toast
09:00 After breakfast, the vessel moves to its last site of the trip, where you will do your second dive of the day
11:00 Your last dive! When you surface, freshly made sandwiches are served as the vessel heads home to Cairns
16:00 Complimentary Hotel Transfer service available
19:30 Join fellow passengers and crew at a local restaurant for a farewell dinner if you wish (additional cost)

Dive Site Description Click Here

Please note: this itinerary is only a guide and is subject to change without notice & weather conditions.
 

Flying after Diving
We recommend you give yourself a 24 hour surface interval after your last dive before flying.

Reef Taxes and Levies 
There is an additional fee of AU$70 per person, which includes an Environmental Management Charge, as well as a Port Departure Tax and administration costs. This is payable direct at the end of the trip.

Luggage restrictions
We request that you only bring a small bag on board. You can store additional luggage at the retail shop for the duration of the trip (free of charge).

What to bring
Click here for a PDF of what to pack for the trip

Cancellation Policy
Pro Dive Cairns guarantee: the course amount is fully refundable up to the end of the first day of the course. There is no refund for any reason after this time. If you plan to book through a travel agent, you will be subject to their cancellation policies (please check their cancellation policies).

Alcohol Policy
No alcohol is served on this trip. You are welcome to BYO (no bottles please but wine is fine). Alcohol can only be consumed in the evening and Pro Dive Cairns encourages responsible drinking.

Dive Site Guide

Requirements


You will be required to obtain a dive medical certificate if you answer “yes” to any of the questions on the Entry Level Student Diver Medical Declaration. This must be valid within 90 days of commencing the course and must be done before you start with us.

*All Prices are Per Person and Prices may vary depending on Start Dates.

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