PADI diving course on the Great Barrier Reef

First, if you are short on time and don’t want to do a five-day course but still want the liveaboard experience, this four-day course Great Barrier Reef PADI diving course is the perfect option you.

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 the extra day in the classroom.


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


Day 1 – Training Centre

  • 08:00 Complimentary hotel transfer
    Available from Cairns city and Northern Beaches hotels/hostels
  • 09:00 Check-in
  • 09:15 Pool training
  • Noon Lunch break
    (Lunch not provided)
  • 13:00 Pool training
  • 16:00 Gear up at the Pro Dive Cairns Retail Shop
  • 17:00 Complimentary return transfer

 Day 2 – Great Barrier Reef

  • 06:00 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 3 – 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: Night dive
    Guided night dive experience for all freshly certified divers

Day 4 – Great Barrier Reef

  • 06:30 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 Farewell dinner (optional, additional cost)
    Join fellow passengers and crew at a local restaurant for a farewell dinner


Included in your course

  • 9 Dives
  • (4 training dives and five pleasure dives – inc one night dive)
  • Padi Gold Open Water Certification
  • PADI Open Water manual
  • Dive logbook
  • 2 Passport photos

Food & drinks (Liveaboard)

  • Fully catered, buffet style, freshly prepared meals
  • Unlimited coffee, tea and Milo
  • A limited range of different dietary requirements can are catered; please enquire with our reservations team for specifics before your trip regarding dietary requirements
  • Soft drinks, fruit juice and chocolate bars are available at an additional cost
  • bring your own drink bottle to refill with filtered chilled water onboard.

What to bring

Day 1 at the Training Centre

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Marine safe sunscreen
  • Money for lunch
  • Dive medical if required (ask us if you are not sure)
  • Passport or Australian driver’s licence

Day 2, 3, 4 on the Great Barrier Reef

  • Clothing and swimwear
  • Warm clothes for the evening
  • 2 x towels (ocean/shower)
  • Sun hat
  • Marine safe sunscreen & toiletries
  • Seasickness medication
  • Shoes are not necessary
  • Alcoholic beverages if you would like a drink in the evening
  • A limited range of different dietary requirements can be catered for; please enquire with our reservations team for specifics before your trip
  • We recommend gluten intolerant or vegan guests bring snacks that don’t require refrigeration
  • No bottled water is kept on board; personal drink bottles and filtered chilled water is available


Important Information

Important Information

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

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.   It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Medical Questionnaire

We are happy to help you with any questions you may have.   Please contact 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 a single no decompression scuba dive.  For multiple dives, you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive.
If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning, you must wait 24 hours after your dive.
We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible.


Dive Course Required Swim

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


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