Are you ready to become a certified diver and explore the depths of the ocean? Look no further than the Five Day PADI Open Water Course offered by Pro Dive Cairns.

Our experienced instructors will guide you through the necessary training and skills to become a safe and confident diver. The course includes both classroom and in-water instruction, covering topics such as dive theory, equipment set up and use, and underwater communication.

One of the highlights of the course is the four open water dives, where you will put your newly acquired skills to the test and experience the thrill of diving in the open ocean. These dives take place in the beautiful waters of the Great Barrier Reef, where you will have the opportunity to encounter a diverse array of marine life, including colourful coral and tropical fish.

In addition to the open water dives, the course also includes a pool session for honing your skills before heading out to the open water.

Our instructors are PADI certified, and we pride ourselves on providing a safe and enjoyable learning environment. We maintain small class sizes to ensure that each student receives personalized instruction and attention.

Upon completion of the course, you will be a certified PADI Open Water Diver, and will have the skills and knowledge to continue diving and exploring the underwater world.

About the Scubapro Dive Vessel

Scubapro vessels are purpose-built to handle the Great Barrier Reef’s diverse weather conditions while providing a smooth, safe, and enjoyable voyage.

Available room configurations

  • 14 twin-share cabins with bunk beds.
  • 2 double-bed cabins with shared bathrooms.

All vessels have central air conditioning, plenty of cabin space, access to natural light, a large sun deck and a dive deck.



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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