Australia Seven Day Scuba Dive Course

£599, 7 days, Australia Trip code: OZDC

  • Adventure 3 out of 5
  • Relaxation 5 out of 5
  • Culture 1 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Diving the Great Barrier Reef – experience one of the natural wonders of the world as you explore this incredible underwater world.
  • Gaining an internationally recognised PADI qualification in one of the best diving sites in the world.
  • Unique opportunity to enjoy a night dive.
     

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With this programme you have the chance to go Scuba diving in Australia, spending seven fantastic days gaining an internationally recognised PADI qualification in one of the best diving sites in the world.  Scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns, Northern Queensland.


Spend time relaxing in Cairns, enjoy a fun 5 day course including a 3 day/2 night live-a-board trip to the Outer Great Barrier Reef and scuba amongst stunning tropical marine life.


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What will I be doing?

  • The Course (7 Days)

  • Dive Sites (7 Days)

  • Learn the Scuba basics (3 Days)

  • Open Water Dives (4 Days)

The Course: 7 Days

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Destination info

Cairns is located in Northern Queensland and is undoubtedly a tourist town. The Great Barrier Reef, a world heritage and natural inspiration, is the main attraction that most visitors flock to Cairns for and they don’t go home disappointed.

  • Location: Cairns and Great Barrier Reeef, Australia

Your first two nights on the programme will be spent in Cairns where you will have a chance to relax, explore the city or just catch up on some sleep! Over the following 5 days you will have a mixture of classroom theory and practical exercises including an amazing 3-day live-a-board trip to the Great Barrier Reef.

 

The team will find the best spots for you to learn to Scuba Dive and you will get full diving tuition from expert and accredited Diving Instructors. Our instructors will take you through all the basics and by the end of the week you will have gained your PADI certificate. The PADI 5-day course gives you your basic license to dive anywhere in the world to a maximum depth of 18 metres. Your course is broken down to two components: 2 days of pool and classroom training and a 3 day, 2 night live-a-board trip to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. You will have the opportunity to complete a total of nine dives, being 4 training dives and 5 recreational dives (including a guided night dive).

Dive Sites: 7 Days

Next Leg

Destination info

Cairns is located in Northern Queensland and is undoubtedly a tourist town. The Great Barrier Reef, a world heritage and natural inspiration, is the main attraction that most visitors flock to Cairns for and they don’t go home disappointed.

  • Location: Great Barrier Reef

The exclusive dive sites are situated on some of the best Outer Great Barrier Reef locations. These sites are chosen for their spectacular coral formations, varied marine life and consistent visibility. On every trip you will visit a variety of these spectacular, un-crowded and unspoilt locations ensuring the most memorable experiences.

 

Weather permitting, you will never dive the same site more than twice, which gives you a great opportunity to see and experience a wide range of locations and reefs. The reefs you will be diving in are home to a huge variety of marine life so don’t be surprised to see turtles, reef sharks, barracudas, lobsters, hundreds of hard and soft coral and just as many species of tropical fish.

Learn the Scuba basics: 3 Days

Next Leg

Destination info

Cairns is located in Northern Queensland and is undoubtedly a tourist town. The Great Barrier Reef, a world heritage and natural inspiration, is the main attraction that most visitors flock to Cairns for and they don’t go home disappointed.

  • Location: Cairns, Australia

Your course is broken down into two components: 2 days of pool and classroom training and a 3 day, 2 night live-a-board trip to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. You will have the opportunity to complete a total of nine dives, 4 being training dives and 5 recreational dives (including a guided night dive). 

 

Weather permitting, you will never dive the same site more than twice, which gives you a great opportunity to see and experience a wide range of locations and reefs. The reefs you will be diving in are home to a huge variety of marine life so don’t be surprised to see turtles, reef sharks, barracudas, lobsters, hundreds of hard and soft coral and just as many species of tropical fish.

 

Day 1 - Arrival in Cairns

  • You will check-in at the hostel in Cairns, this can be done anytime after 11am, you will meet the rest of the group starting the course.

  • Arrange dive medical (if necessary and time permits).

  • Free time to explore Cairns, catch up on sleep or take a tour.

Day 2 - Academic and Pool training

  • Time to get started! After your pick up from the hostel (8.25am) you will start with academic training in the classroom with the rest of group.

  • Dive medical (if required) and then break for lunch

  • In the afternoon - get stuck in with practical training in the pool before being transferred back to the hostel.

Day 3 - Academic and Pool training

  • Pick up from hostel in Cairns (7:55am) followed by some pool training.

  • Break for lunch and then return to the classroom for some more training and an exam.

  • Drop off back at hostel.

Open Water Dives: 4 Days

Destination info

Cairns is located in Northern Queensland and is undoubtedly a tourist town. The Great Barrier Reef, a world heritage and natural inspiration, is the main attraction that most visitors flock to Cairns for and they don’t go home disappointed.

  • Location: Great Barrier Reef

Day 4 - Live aboard trip - Diving on the Great Barrier Reef!

  • Transfer from hostel to dive centre (6:15am).

  • A light breakfast is served on the boat to begin your fantastic 3-day/2-night live-a-board trip on the Great Barrier Reef. Late morning you will have your first training dive in the Ocean!

  • After a lunch break you’ll have a second open water-training dive before tucking into a well-earned, hearty dinner. The evening is your free time to relax and chill out with the others in the group.

Day 5 - More great diving!

  • Your third training dive first thing in the morning will be the deepest dive of your certification! Followed by a hearty breakfast, you will then have your fourth and final training dive before a filling lunch to celebrate the fact you are now a certified diver!

  • A chance for your first pleasure dive with your new PADI qualification.

  • Have a healthy and plentiful dinner before doing a guided night dive – a great experience!

Day 6- More diving and return to Cairns

  • An early morning dive followed by breakfast.

  • After breakfast, the vessel makes its last site of the trip where you will do your second dive of the day. When you surface from your last dive of the day, you will return to the vessel where you can enjoy some freshly made sandwiches as the boat heads back to Cairns.

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Day 7- Programme end date

  • You can choose to check out of the hostel (by 10am) or stay for some extra nights. It’s not recommended that you fly within 48 hours of diving so most people will choose to relax by the pool or head into the City.

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What's included?

  • Four nights hostel accommodation in Cairns (dorm-style)
  • Two nights cabin accommodation on dive vessel (twin-share)
  • PADI Gold Open Water Certification
  • PADI Open Water manual
  • Dive Insurance
  • 2 passport photos
  • All dive equipment
  • 9 dives (4 training and 5 recreational including a guided night dive)
  • Accommodation transfers
  • All meals whilst on live-a-board boat trip
  • 24 hour support number

What's not included?

  • All Flights
  • Visa
  • Australian Dive Medical (can be arranged on arrival – AUD $55 payable direct to Doctor)
  • Meals when not on the live-a-board boat
  • Additional fees for environmental, port departure and administration costs approx. $60 AUD

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum is 16 years (all under 18 year olds must have parental consent); maximum decided on potential participants health.

 

Accommodation

For the first three nights of the programme you will be staying at a hostel in central Cairns. There is a three day/two night live-a-board boat trip on the fourth day of the programme and your last night will be back in the hostel in Cairns.

 

Meals

Meals are included throughout the three-day boat trip on days 4-6 and healthy filling food will be provided with vegetarians being catered for.

 

Orientation

When you arrive the dive school staff will provide you with details about accommodation, meals, schedules, free time, safety issues and so on. You will also have the chance to ask as many questions as you like so that you feel comfortable in your new surroundings.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

FAQ

1. Do I need to have any diving experience before hand?

No. You will be learning the first qualification for Scuba Diving called the Open Water Course.

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2. Do I need to do my diving medical before I leave the UK?

You can either do it before you go, or when you arrive.

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3. Can I fly straight after my course finishes to continue my travels?

You will need to wait 24 hours after your course before you fly anywhere. This is due to the affect diving has on your body.

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4. Do I need my own equipment?

You will not need your own equipment as it will be provided for you. However, you use any equipment that you already have.

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5. Do I need to take a sleeping bag?

No, you aren't able to take a sleeping bag on the boat as all bedding is provided for you.

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6. Do I need to take a mosquito net?

No, there are no problems with mosquitoes in the ocean.

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7. Will there be a safe/safety deposit box available?

There is a safety box on board the boat that the Skipper has control over, there are never have any problems with theft on board the boats. Each cabin can be locked from the inside and generally items are safe, please just make sure that you keep your valuables tucked away out of sight as a pre-caution.

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James Nicholls - October 2013

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Seeing the great barrier reef!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Nope.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

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James Snow - July 2011

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diving on the great barier reef. it was 100% worth it

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Melissa Hobden - July 2011

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Fantastic, challenging, fun

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Seeing the beautiful underworld of the Greet Barrier Reef!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Face your fear's and dont give up as the end result will take your breath away! Buy your own mask if you can for the live aboard trip as your feel more comfortable you can buy this in Cairns with your dive company and make sure it fit's! Relax and enjoy the experience of a life time!

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