Learn to dive on some of the best dives sites on the Outer Great Barrier Reef, with excellent training facilities and first-class equipment. Take the plunge and learn to be a certified scuba diver with this 5-day PADI ‘open water’ dive course, on the world-famous Great Barrier Reef in Cairns.
The 5 Day PADI Learn to Dive course is broken down into two components - two days of classroom and pool and training and then a three day, two night dive trip including nine dives at amazing dive sites.
This course is the most popular learn to dive option as it provides a greater overall diving experience and is great value for money. Guests have the opportunity to sleep out on the reef in comfort, complete nine dives including the night dive experience, visit a greater variety of dive sights and have all their food and accommodation included for the boat portion of the course.
The 5-Day PADI Learn to Dive course includes two days of land-based theory and private in-pool training, then three days and two nights at the Great Barrier Reef staying onboard liveaboard dive vessels.
With a total of four training and five certified dives, including one night dive, this course is totally unmatched for experience and greatest value for money and safety.
Learn the basics of scuba diving, both in the classroom and the pool, at the purpose-built modern, diver training centre in the middle of Cairns City. You learn all about regulating your breathing, how much air is in the tanks and how long you can scuba for. All safety aspects of diving are covered to ensure safety both in and around the water.
There is also the option of attending Reef Teach, a two-hour marine biology presentation (minimal additional cost.) This informative presentation shows you a taste of what you will experience out on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
With an early departure on day three and a delicious breakfast served onboard, you are finally on your way to the Great Barrier Reef.
Experience the excitement as you complete your first four training dives, which will complete your PADI certification. The next five recreational dives allows you to enjoy your new skills and gain experience. One of the dives is a guided night dive!
The fleet of modern dive vessels boast expansive dive and sun decks and air-conditioned interiors. Accommodation is either twin or double share.
The dive vessels provide access to 16 exclusive sites on four different reefs from Cairns, chosen for your variety of quality of coral and marine life and great visibility.
On the final evening, and upon returning to Cairns, join the crew and fellow passengers for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Please advise your accommodation place at the time of booking
January - December
Monday - Saturday
Day 1: 9.5 hours (approx)
Day 2: 10 hours (approx)
Day 3: 12 hours (approx)
Day 4: 12 hours (approx)
Day 5: 13 hours (approx)
Return accommodation transfers on land based training days.
Medium, Active, Disabled
Scuba Diving Restrictions
Large suitcases / backpacks can be stored Free of Charge at the retail shop.
The training centre downstairs is on flat ground and wheelchair accessible.
Wheelchair accessibility around the pool area, with 5 steps in and out of the pool.
1 wheelchair accessible toilet and shower on site.
5 steps in and out of the pool at the training centre
There are no wheelchair facilities on board. Able-bodied persons with disability may require assistance by a carer.
A carer may be required to assist throughout the course.
Students must be able to follow instructions in the classroom, pool area and on board the boat.
Transfers available from accommodation in Cairns, Northern Beaches (to Palm Cove
Limited space for collapsible wheelchair.
Wheelchair accessible taxis are available in the area
All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.
You can cancel your Learn to Dive course for any reason at any time up to the end of Day 1 of the course and receive a full refund of all money paid. There is no refund for any reason after this time.