Australia Seven Day Scuba Dive Course
7 days from £604 (was £629)
- 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.
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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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).
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Is this trip for you?
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.
Once you have booked you will be sent a self-assessment dive medical form. If you answer "yes" to any of the questions on the self assessment-form you will need to see a doctor and request a dive medical and they will need to sign the form to confirm you are medically fit to dive. Doctors will normally charge you for this service and it can be done before you depart your home country or in Australia (approximate charge of $88 for this in Australia). The form must be completed and returned no more than 90 days before the start of your course.
Please note that all activities, inclusions and itineraries are subject to change.
- 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)
- Transfers between accommodation and dive school
- All meals whilst on live-a-board boat trip
- 24 hour support number
- All Flights
- Australian Dive Medical - if necessary (AUD $88 payable direct to Doctor in Australia, charges may differ in home country)
- Meals when not on the live-a-board boat
- Additional fees for environmental, port departure and administration costs approx. $90 AUD (payable locally)
- Airport transfers
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 are included throughout the three-day boat trip on days 4-6 and healthy filling food will be provided with vegetarians being catered for.
Your flight to Australia should arrive at Cairns Airport on your programme start date, and your return flight should be arranged for your programme end date.
To book your flights, please contact your travel advisor who will do their best to get you the best deal on the day. Please provide them with your full name as it is stated in your passport. Before you make the call please make sure you have your required departure dates, return dates and other details you may require.
Please note: If you are flying to Australia via the USA you will need to obtain Travel Authorisation by registering online through the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) no later than 72 hours before departure. This is compulsory and will cost USD$14 to register. To register, please visit: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your Online account, or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination.
Minimum is 18 years; maximum decided on potential participants health.
Our partners in Cairns have confirmed with PADI that a UK diving doctor can now perform a AS4005.1 diving medical for Australian dive courses. Therefore you are able to have a medical carried out before departing for Australia. You will need to take a copy of the SPUMS medical form (click here to print the form) to the doctor, who must complete the form.
Please click here to go to a website for the UK diving doctors.
It is important that you declare any medical condition that may affect you whilst scuba diving.
Alternatively you can still have the dive medical once you have arrived in Australia, this can be arranged in-country for you at a cost of AUD$55. The team in Cairns will allow you time to get the dive medical on Day 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.
Do I Need To Do My Diving Medical Before I Leave The Uk?
If you need to have a dive medical after completing the self assessment form you can either complete this before you leave the UK, or whilst you are in country, however it needs to be completed no more than 3 months before you start the course.
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.
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.
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.
Do I Need To Take A Mosquito Net?
No, there are no problems with mosquitoes in the ocean.
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.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.