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Frequently Asked Questions

Equipment

Can I hire a camera when diving with PRO DIVE Cairns?

There are no camera hire available onboard. However you can hire a camera from Calypso Productions in Cairns

What Brand of hire gear do you have onboard?
  • Technisub stratus full foot fins
  • Tusa Liberator Masks
  • Aqualung Wave BCDs
  • Aqualung Calypso regs with compass and Suunto Zoop computers
  • 5mm Neptune ¾ leg, long arm wetsuits
  • 3mm Neptune/Aqualung hoods (seasonal)
  • dive light: Aqualung lumen HD or Princeton Tec Torrent LED

Accurate as if 6 September 2018

Insurance

Can I get any type of insurance for dive trips?

We recommend you contact DAN, the Diver's Alert Network, which has several programs available for divers, including medical insurance. Their Travel Assist program even covers emergency medical, travel and personal assistance for non-diving as well as diving needs. Click here to see all DAN insurance.


Marine animals

Are there sharks on the Great Barrier Reef?

Yes, there are sharks in every ocean. A variety of sharks inhabit the Great Barrier Reef. What we most commonly encounter are smaller species which pose no threat to divers or snorkellers. The shark that Australia is infamous for, the Great White Shark, does not exist in Far North Queensland.

I have heard about the stinging jellyfish. Can I still go diving?

Stingers, also known as box jellyfish, are coastal dwellers and are never seen on the reef. They breed in the estuaries and live their life on the shoreline, therefore do not pose a threat to divers on the reef. The jellyfish season is from November to April. Swimming enclosures are provided at local beaches for people to swim in.

Other

What do I bring on the boat?

You will need to take along a towel, preferably 2. We suggest taking 2 towels along - 1 for when you get out of the water and 1 for showering at night.
Certification card & log book or other proof of experience.
Swimwear.
Comfortable, casual clothing for 3 days.
Warm clothes for the evening and pyjamas.
Toiletries i.e. toothbrush, soap, sunscreen etc.
Please do not bring sleeping bags, bulky luggage, large amounts of money as the account you incur on the boat will be paid direct to the Pro Dive retail shop at the end of the trip.

What is Reef Tax?
An additional fee of $85 per person is payable direct to PRO DIVE Cairns. This fee includes $16.50 Government Environmental Management Charge as well as a Port Departure Tax and administration and Fuel levy.
What is the minimum age to go out on the boat?

The minimum age that PRO DIVE Cairns takes is 7 years. All Children under the age of 15 must be supervised by a partent/guardian at all times on the boat. There are no child minding services available

Can I bring alcohol onboard?

Yes, you are allowed to bring alcohol on board, but in moderation as we only have limited space on all of our boats. Please note once any alcohol has been consumed, you are not allowed to go into the water again until the following day. Pro Dive Cairns encourages responsible drinking.

If a friend / partner is a certified diver or non diver, can they come on the same trip with me while Im on the course?
Yes - your friend / partner will be buddied up with another certified diver onboard while you complete your 4 training dives. After that you will have the opportunity to complete 5 pleasure dives together.
There is plenty of time throughout the whole trip to snorkel and socialise with a non diver if you are traveling with someone who doesnt dive/snorkel.
Can I fly my drone while onboard?

Your can use a Drone while on the 3 day trip with permission of the skipper.

Can you smoke on the boat?

Yiu can smoke on the top deck, usually at towards to end of the boat but it depends on the winds.

Can you pick me up from my accommodation?
Yes PRO DIVE Cairns can provide complimentary transfers from your Cairns & Northern Beaches accommodation, as far as Palm Cove.
Please Note;
Port Douglas & Kuranda transfers are not available.
Please be aware we don't pick up from Residential houses also.

Travel

What is the best time of year to dive in Tropical North Queensland

The warm waters of Tropical North Queensland are ideal for year round diving.
Water temperature can vary from 22' to 28' Celsius (75' to 85'F).

Summer (Dec-Feb)
Overall great marine life activity with plenty to see
Visibility - Excellent
Water temperature 29?C (85?F)
Generally calm sea conditions
Low to moderate rain - generally at night

Autumn (Mar-May)
Overall great marine life activity with plenty to see
Visibility - Good
Water temperature 25-27?C (80?F)
Calm to moderate sea conditions
Potential moderate rain

Winter (Jun-Aug)
Minke Whales & Humpback Whales
Visibility - Good
Water temperature 22-24?C (70?F)
Moderate sea conditions
Low rainfall

Spring (Sep-Nov)
Humpback Whales & Coral Spawning (Nov)
Visibility - Excellent
Water temperature 25-27?C (80?F)
Generally calm sea conditions
Low rain fall

What if I am travelling alone? Who will I dive with?

We will arrange a dive buddy for you. Before every dive, the dive supervisor conducts a detailed site briefing.

 

I have a seafood and peanut allegies, can you cater for me?

We can cater for people with Peanut and Seafood allegies.No prepared meals include nuts and one dish uses a sauce with seafood ingridents, but an alternative sauce is provided. Please ensure on check to let the staff know of any allegies.

Dive Training

How many people will be in my class?

Under RTSA standards, the student to instructor ratio never exceeds 8:1, but Pro Dive usually achieves 6:1 or better.

I've lost my certification card or travelling and left my card at home?

Lost your card and need a replacement or need immediate verification to be able to dive or book onto a specific dive course, this information should assist you.

Click here to learn more about Card Replacement or Vertification

 

Diving

What depths will I be diving to?

The Great Barrier Reef is not a deep dive destination. Depths in our dive sites range from 10-25 metres (30-80 feet), with the best diving generally occurring between 10 and 15 metres (30-50 feet). This means there are some amazing sites that stay shallow enough for all certified divers to enjoy, regardless of how advanced your diving certifications may be.

Medical

Diving with Diabetes

Please note the following restrictions for divers with diabetes at Pro Dive Cairns. Diabetic divers must have an up to date dive medical from a doctor stating that they are fit to dive with their medical condition. Following guidelines set out by the South Pacific Underwater Medical Society (SPUMS), diabetic divers are limited to 2 dives per day and must use a minimum surface interval of 2 hours between dives.

For more information please see the Forms for Diabetics on our website:

http://www.prodivecairns.com.au/SPUMS-Medical%20-4th%20editio-2011.pdf

http://www.prodivecairns.com.au/Suggested-assesment-for-divers-with-Diabetes-2016.pdf

After reviewing these documents please click the link below, complete and sign the document and bring a printed copy with you for your trip with us.

http://www.prodivecairns.com.au/Statement-regarding-diabetes-and-diving-2016.pdf

lease note the following restrictions for divers with diabetes at Pro Dive Cairns. Diabetic divers must have an up to date dive medical from a doctor stating that they are fit to dive with their medical condition. Following guidelines set out by the South Pacific Underwater Medical Society (SPUMS), diabetic divers are limited to 2 dives per day and must use a minimum surface interval of 2 hours between dives.

For more information please see the Forms for Diabetics on our website:

 

http://www.prodivecairns.com.au/SPUMS-Medical%20-4th%20editio-2011.pdf

http://www.prodivecairns.com.au/Suggested-assesment-for-divers-with-Diabetes-2016.pdf

After reviewing these documents please click the link below, complete and sign the document and bring a printed copy with you for your trip with us.

http://www.prodivecairns.com.au/Statement-regarding-diabetes-and-diving-2016.pd

Liveaboard

Dietary Requirements
We do our best to cater for dietary requirements, but are operating with limited facilities available. We try and provide as much variety as possible within the confines of what we have onboard
 

During the trip, we serve buffet style meals with plenty of fresh fruit and salads. There is gluten free bread and pasta available, as well as soy milk. The cook will be happy to speak with you once onboard about your diet to accommodate you as best as possible. 

 
If you are vegan or gluten free we recommend bringing your own snacks which don't need to be refrigerated as refrigerator space is at a premium on the boat.

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

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