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5 Day PRO DIVE Learn to Scuba Dive Course - Great Barrier Reef - Cairns

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

About Trip/ Course
About Scubapro

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

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. 




  • 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)

  • Flights to and from Cairns
  • Accomodation in Cairns
  • Environmental Management Charge, Port and administration fees, and fuel levy -  $90 per person and payable on check in
  • 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


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 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-
Web address for Cairns 24hr Medical Center - Can provide Dive Medicals until 8pm -

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 

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$80 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

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


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.


Frequently Asked Questions


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

Marine animals

What will I see diving on The Great Barrier Reef?

A lot! Whether you are a diver or a snorkeller, you will be amazed by what the Great Barrier Reef has to offer. There are up to 1500 species of fish, 350 different corals, 400 species of molluscs and 10,000 species of sponges.

What about attacks from barracuda, sharks, eels and giant squid?

Bee stings kill more people than do sharks - but shark attacks make better movies. (Just how cool would Leonardo have looked if he'd been fighting off a bumblebee in The Beach?)

In reality, there are no aquatic animals that routinely attack humans, unless you provoke them by poking them, sticking your hand into their home, or getting too close to one with territorial instincts.
As part of your certification lessons, you'll learn some common-sense precautions. Most of these, however, are more for the protection of sea creatures than of you. You pose a much larger threat to them than they do to you. (Compare, for example, the number of humans who will eat squid sushi today, versus the number of squid who munch on human sushi - ever!)   


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.


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.
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.
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.
Can I fly my drone while onboard?

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

What do I do with my extra luggage?
PRO DIVE Cairns can store any additional luggage you may have at their retail shop for your trip duration.
Be aware there is limited space on the boat.
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.


How safe is diving the Great Barrier Reef?

The Queensland dive industry has the best safety statistics of any diving destination worldwide. Dive operators are required to comply with strict government workplace health and safety standards.

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

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

Should I do the 5 day Learn to Dive Course or the 4 day eLearning Dive Course?

Our 5 Day PADI Open Water Diver course is the most popular option due to the overall experience of completing the course with the same group of students and instructors.

The 4-Day eLearning course is ideal for those customers who have time constraints as it allows them to complete the theory work online before arriving at their destination, reducing the time spent in the pool by one day.

What do I bring to my pool and theory sessions?

Please bring swimwear, a towel, a dive medical if required, a valid form of ID, and lunch money.

English is not my first language, can I do my course in a different language?

We have learn to dive courses in German on Tuesdays and Fridays, and Chinese on Thursdays ensure that you receive the best service at Pro Dive Cairns.

PADI offer a wide variety of languages in their manuals. Pro Dive Cairns is able to offer PADI manuals in languages such as Japanese, Italian, French, Dutch, Danish, Swedish and Spanish. Given 7 days notice, and pending availability on the language, Pro Dive may be able to order it.

But, this is not guaranteed.

Please note in your booking if you require a manual/class in a language other than English

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.


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.


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:

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.

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:

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.

Where can I do the dive medical?
  • It is recommended to have the medical completed prior to starting your open water course.
  • You can complete your dive medical overseas, however it MUST clearly state it has been done in accordance with Australian Standards (AS4005-1). Please note that your medical must be done to this exact standard otherwise it will not be accepted.
  • Some medical conditions that can preclude you from diving include heart disease, asthma, diabetes and epilepsy
What happens if I fail my Medical?
In most instances, you will be refunded in full.  Please note specific medical conditions.


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.


Note all prices are Per Person.

Twin (2) Share


$1130.00 AUD



Request Double Cabin
$0.00 AUD

Meeting Point

01 SELF DRIVE - NO PICKUP/DROPOFF - Make own way to/from Pro Dive Cairns Training Centre at 116 Spence Street @ 08:30
181 THE ESPLANADE (181 Esplanade) @ 08:20
201 LAKE ST (201 Lake Street) @ 08:20
A ZIMZALA RETREAT BED & BREAKFAST (2 Marietta Street Holloways Beach) @ 08:00
ACACIA COURT (223 The Esplanade) @ 08:10
ADOBE MOTEL (191 Sheridan Street) @ 08:10
AGINCOURT BEACHFRONT APARTMENTS (69-73 Arlington Esplanade Clifton Beach) @ 08:00
ALASSIO ON THE BEACH (139 Williams Esplanade Palm Cove) @ 08:00
ALL ROUND MOTEL - INN THE PINK (263 Sheridan Street) @ 08:20
AMAROO AT TRINITY (92 Moore St) @ 08:00
AQUARIUS APARTMENTS (107 Esplanade) @ 08:30
ARGOSY ON THE BEACH (119 Arlington Esplanade Clifton Beach) @ 08:00
ASPECT CENTRAL MOTEL (209 Sheridan Street) @ 08:20
ASYLUM CAIRNS BACKPACKERS (149 Grafton Street) @ 08:20
AUSSIE WOLF (29 Maranoa St) @ 08:30
AVIS CAR RENTAL (135 Lake Street) @ 08:20
BALACLAVA HOTEL (423 Mulgrave Road) @ 08:10
BAY VILLAGE (Cnr Lake & Gatton Streets) @ 08:20
BEL AIR BY THE SEA HOSTEL (155-157 Esplanade) @ 08:30
BELLA AQUA (123 Williams Esplanade Palm Cove) @ 08:00
BELLEVUE AT TRINITY* (P/Up Cnr Moore & Trinity) @ 08:00
BELLVIEW (85-87 Esplanade) @ 08:30
BETTA AIRPORT PARKING (397 Lake St, Cairns North) @ 08:10
BILLABONG BED & BREAKFAST (30 Caribbean Street Holloways Beach) @ 08:00
BLUE LAGOON RESORT (22/26 Trinity Beach Road) @ 08:00
BLUEWATER BAR & GRILL (7 Harbour Drive Trinity Park) @ 08:00
BOHEMIA RESORT (231 McLeod Street) @ 08:10
BOUNCE APTS (formerly Northern Greenhouse 117 Grafton Street) @ 08:25
BP SERVICE STATION CLIFTON BEACH (1802 Captain Cook Highway) @ 08:00
BREAKFREE ROYAL HARBOUR (Level 1, 60 Abbott St) @ 08:30
BUNGALOW HOTEL (200 Aumuller St.) @ 08:10
CAIRNS BEACH RESORT (129-135 Oleander Street Holloways Beach) @ 08:00
CAIRNS CITY BACKPACKERS (274 Draper Street) @ 08:30
CAIRNS CITY MOTEL (169 Lake St.) Pu/ Cascade Gardens @ 08:20
CAIRNS CITY PALMS MOTEL (199-205 Sheridan Street) @ 08:20
CAIRNS CITY SHERIDAN (157 Sheridan Street) @ 08:20
CAIRNS COCONUT HOLIDAY RESORT (23-51 Anderson Road) @ 08:00
CAIRNS COLONIAL CLUB (18-26 Cannon Street) @ 08:10
CAIRNS GATEWAY RESORT (1-21 Anderson Road) @ 08:00
CAIRNS GIRL'S HOSTEL (147 Lake Street) @ 08:20
CAIRNS HARBOUR LIGHTS (1 Marlin Parade) @ 08:30
CAIRNS HARBOUR LIGHTS (1 Marlin Parade) @ 08:30
CAIRNS HOLIDAY LODGE (259 Sheridan Street) @ 08:10
CAIRNS HOLIDAY PARK (12-30 Little Street) @ 08:10
CAIRNS MOTOR INN (187 Sheridan Street) p/u Aspect Central @ 08:10
CAIRNS NEW CHALON (702 Bruce Highway) @ 08:00
CAIRNS ONE (12 Gregory Street) @ 08:15
CAIRNS PLAZA HOTEL (145 Esplanade) @ 08:10
CAIRNS RAINBOW INN (179 Sheridan Street) @ 08:10
CAIRNS REEF APARTMENTS (670-678 Bruce Highway) @ 08:00
CAIRNS SHAREHOUSE (17 Scott Street) @ 08:30
CAIRNS SHAREHOUSE (18 Lumley Street) @ 08:30
CAIRNS SHAREHOUSE (300 Draper Street) @ 08:30
CAIRNS SHAREHOUSE (323 Draper Street) @ 08:20
CAIRNS SHAREHOUSE (351 Draper Street) @ 08:20
CAIRNS SHAREHOUSE (67 Minnie Street) @ 08:20
CAIRNS SHAREHOUSE (8 Loeven Street) @ 08:30
CAIRNS SHAREHOUSE (80 Martyn Street) @ 08:20
CAIRNS SHERIDAN (295 Sheridan Street) @ 08:10
CAIRNS STUDENT LODGE - Pick-up at Entrance Flags (10-24 Faculty Close) @ 08:00
CAIRNS SUNLAND LEISURE PARK (49-61 Pease Street) @ 08:00
CAIRNS VACATION VILLAS (8 Pease Street) @ 08:10
CAIRNS VILLA & LEISURE PARK (28 Pease Street) @ 08:10
CAIRNS WORK & PLAY BACKPACKERS (239-241 Sheridan Street) @ 08:10
CANNON PARK MOTEL (574 Bruce Highway) @ 08:10
CARAVELLA 149 (149 Esplanade) @ 08:25
CARAVELLA CENTRAL (formerly Corona, 72 Grafton Street) @ 08:30
CASTAWAYS BACKPACKERS (207 Sheridan Street) @ 08:10
CASTAWAY'S TRINITY BEACH (63/71-73 Moore Street) @ 08:00
CASTLE HOLIDAY FLATS (209 Lake Street) @ 08:20
CENTREPOINT APARTMENTS (141-143 Abbott Street) @ 08:30
CITY PLAZA CAIRNS (37-39 Digger Street) @ 08:20
CITY TERRACES (63-65 McLeod Street) @ 08:20
CLARENDON ON SPENCE (79 Spence Street) @ 08:30
CLIFTON PALMS (35 Upolu Esplanade Clifton Beach) @ 08:00
CLIFTON SANDS HOLIDAY APARTMENTS (81-87 Guide Street Clifton Beach) @ 08:00
CLIFTON VILLAGE BUS STOP (P/Up Endeavour Street) @ 08:00
CNR Anderson & Trinity St (roundabouts @ Trinity Beach) @ 08:00
CNR Moore & Trinity St (roundabouts @ Trinity Beach) @ 08:00
COCO'S HOLIDAY APARTMENTS (1/59 Moore Street Trinity Beach) @ 08:00
COMFORT INN & SUITES TRINITY BEACH CLUB (19-23 Trinity Beach Road) @ 08:00
COMFORT INN DISCOVERY CAIRNS (183-185 Lake Street) @ 08:10
COMPASS MOTEL (232 Mulgrave Road) @ 08:20
CONCORD HOLIDAY UNITS (183-185 Sheridan Street) @ 08:10
COOLWATERS HOLIDAY PARK (2-14 Shales Street) @ 08:00
CORAL CAY VILLAS (267 Lake Street) @ 08:20
CORAL HORIZONS BEACHFRONT APARTMENTS (137 Williams Esplanade Palm Cove) @ 08:00
CORAL REEF APARTMENTS (192 Mann Street) @ 08:10
CORAL SANDS BEACHFRONT RESORT (Trinity Beach Road) @ 08:00

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

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