PADI diving course on the Great Barrier Reef

PADI diving course starts with our 4-day course in Cairns. Start your open water dive course on any day except Sunday.  This course includes 3 days of scuba diving training in Cairns and then 3 days on the Great Barrier Reef.

Instead of classroom theory, this is completed online eLearning in your own time before arriving in Cairns, leaving only one compulsory practical training day at our PADI Dive Centre.

The ocean training dives will take place during our three-day, two-night liveaboard to the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef is the perfect place to learn to dive with its warm waters and great visibility.

Your four-day course consists of the following:

  • We will send you login instructions to the online PADI eLearning Open Water Course theory portion after booking.  You must complete all modules and quizzes before you can start your practical training in Cairns.
  • Spend one day of practical training at the Pro Dive Cairns Training Centre.
  • Spend three days and two nights on an Outer Great Barrier Reef liveaboard trip.

You will complete your practical training at the Pro Dive Cairns Training Centre.  After your day at the training centre, it’s time to head out to The Great Barrier Reef for a three-day, two-night liveaboard adventure to become a certified diver!

How many dives will I do?

You will have the opportunity to complete up to nine dives, with the first four being your training dives.

Finish your training dives successfully, and you will obtain your PADI Open Water Certification.  Now you can enjoy five recreational dives, including a night dive guided by your instructor.

While you are onboard, visit many reefs, including Flynn, Thetford, Milln and Pellowe Reef.

A fantastic diversity of marine life, including giant clams, sea turtles, stingrays, reef sharks and spectacular coral formations.

Also, night diving will introduce a whole new dimension of nocturnal sea life.

This four-day eLearning course offers a convenient, memorable and exciting way to become a certified diver on the magnificent world heritage Great Barrier Reef.

Finally, if you would like to do the theory online?  Then upgrade to the 5 days Learn to Dive course when booking.  This course includes an extra day in the classroom.

Already certified, see our other liveaboard trips.


Get your PADI Open Water dive certification!

2 days of pool and classroom theory

3 days and 2 nights, Learn to scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef


PADI diving course itinerary

Day 1  – PADI diving course training centre

08:00: First, complimentary hotel transfer
Available from Cairns City and Northern Beaches hotels/hostels

09:00: Check-in at Pro Dive PADI diving course training centre

09:15: Then, start to learn to scuba dive with your pool training

Noon Lunch break
(Lunch not provided)

13:00: After lunch, time for more pool training

17:00: Finally, return transfer back to your accommodation

Day 2 – PADI training centre

08:00: First, complimentary hotel transfer
Available from Cairns city and Northern Beaches hotels/hostels

09:00: Check-in

09:15: Then, start your pool training

Noon Lunch break
(Lunch not provided)

13:00: After lunch, time for more pool training

16:00: Additionally, you have the opportunity to gear up at the Pro Dive Cairns Retail Shop

17:00: Finally, return transfer back to your accommodation

Day 3 – Great Barrier Reef

06:00: First, complimentary hotel transfer
Available from Cairns city and Northern Beaches hotels/hostels

06:20: Check in at Pro Dive Cairns retail shop
Corner of Shields & Grafton Streets, Cairns City

07:00: Depart Cairns for three days & 2 nights on The Great Barrier Reef
Light breakfast served on board

11:00: Dive 1: training dive
On the Great Barrier Reef

12:30: Lunch

14:30: Dive 2: training dive

16:30:  Snorkelling opportunity

18:00: Dinner

19:45: The night dive
Watch the certified divers participating in the first-night dive of the trip

Day 4 – Great Barrier Reef

07:00: Dive 3: training dive
First dive of the day, before breakfast

09:00:  Breakfast

11:15: Dive 4: training dive
This will be the last training dive for Open Water certification

12:45: Lunch

15:15:  Dive 5
First dive as a newly certified scuba diver

17:45: Dinner

19:30: Dive 6: Finally, enjoy a guided night dive!

Day 5 – Great Barrier Reef

06:30: First, wake up to enjoy your last morning onboard the Scubapro vessel, then it’s Dive 7
Your first dive of the day – a sunrise dive to enjoy the reef waking up.

07:30: Breakfast

09:00: Dive 8

11:00: Dive 9
The last dive of the trip finished by 1200 noon

Noon Lunch – your last lunch on the Great Barrier Reef before returning to Cairns

16:00: Complimentary return transfer
Return transfer to your accommodation

19:30: Finally, join the farewell dinner (optional, additional cost)
Join fellow passengers and crew at a local restaurant for a farewell dinner


5 Day Learn to Dive Course Includes:
• PADI Open Water Certification
• PADI Open Water manual (available in a variety of languages)
• All dive and snorkelling equiptment (prescription masks if required)
• All meals and bed linen on board the boat.
• Dive Insurance
• Dive Log book
• Accomodation transfers (city and northern beaches)
• 2 passport photos (required for certification)

What to bring

What to bring to your PADI diving course

  • Day 1 and 2: Towel, swimwear, sunscreen, money for lunch, and dive medical.
  • Day 3-5: Overnight bag with comfortable clothing and toiletries, towel, swimwear, sunscreen and a hat.
  • Credit card or cash for onboard purchases

How to get there

Please visit the Prodive Cairns retail shop on the corner of Shields and Grafton Streets Cairns the day before your trip departing.

This way, you can organise any equipment and paperwork before departure. The Prodive Cairns shop is open seven days from 9:30 am to 7 pm.

Return transfers from Cairns City accommodation are included in this tour.

Important Information

Padi diving course important Information

Queensland, Australia, has some of the strictest scuba diving rules globally and the safest scuba diving record.   All Scuba diving is regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and complies with all regulations, including medical, as is the law.

Furthermore, we recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire before booking, as some medical conditions, age and/or medications may prevent you from scuba diving.   Our mission is always to provide our passengers with the best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Medical Questionnaire

We are happy to help you with any questions you may have.   Please get in touch with our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us.

Alternatively, you may like to consult your Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms’ AS.4005.1

Flying after Scuba Diving

It would be best if you did not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive for single no-decompression scuba dive.  Furthermore, you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive for multiple dives.
If you are Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning, you must wait 24 hours after diving.
We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible.

Dive Course Required Swim

  • Finally, this dive course requires that you swim 200 metres or snorkel 300 metres and tread water/float for 10 minutes.

Please note that at the time of booking, AUD$90.00 per person Environmental management charges & charges will be added. This fee includes a Government Environmental Management Charge of AUD21.00, Port Departure Tax and Administration Charges. This charge applies to all passengers travelling on the 3 Day 2 Night Liveaboard Dive trip and all Dive Courses combining the 3 Day trip. (This fee is subject to change and without notice.)


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