Learn to Dive Great Barrier Reef

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Group Size: Max 32

Trip code: AULD

Duration: 7 days

Spend 7 days in and around Cairns and get an internationally-recognised PADI Open Water scuba diving qualification! Enjoy underwater adventures at the world-famous Great Barrier Reef and discover magical marine life near Cairns. Complete your training in Cairns and then spend three days and two nights on board a boat enjoying the Aussie dive experience. Go on nine dives in total and master a new skill! 

Already have your PADI? Check out our awesome Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Dive Trip for some more advanced diving adventures!

Trip highlights

  • Gain your PADI Open Water Qualification and become a scuba diver
  • Take your PADI training in the cool coastal city of Cairns
  • Go scuba diving at the world-famous Great Barrier Reef
  • Enjoy nine dives in total and discover an underwater world
  • Live the life aquatic with 2 nights spent onboard a premium dive vessel
Further trip information

Head off on an unforgettable 7-day scuba diving gap trip to the gorgeous Great Barrier Reef. Have an underwater Australian adventure in one in one of the world’s most sought-after spots!

You’ll learn to dive both in the training centre in Cairns and then out in the ocean at the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef. You’ll stay out at the reef for 3 days and 2 nights' on a premium live-aboard boat. By the end of your stay you’ll have earned your PADI Open Water certification, enabling you to dive around the world!

Dive Training

Classroom and pool training

To kick-off, you spend two fun, intense days learning all you need to know to make you a serious scuba diver, training towards your PADI certificate in the classroom and pool. This first two days will be spent in the training centre, learning all the relevant theory and practical skills you’ll need in order to become a scuba diver.

Day 1: Arrive in Cairns, free time.

Day 2: Academic and practical dive training in the training pool.

Day 3: Academic and practical dive training in the training pool. Visit to dive shop. Final exam.

Great Barrier Reef boat trip

Once you’ve learnt the diving basics, you hop on board a live-aboard boat to spend 3 fun-filled days diving some of the best outer-reef dive sites in Australia. The amazing warm waters and brilliant visibility at the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef allows you to swim and scuba dive in incredible underwater landscapes.

Day 4: Diving at the outer Great Barrier Reef. Two training dives at the Reef. Stay on a liveaboard dive boat.

Day 5: Diving at the Great Barrier Reef. Two more training dives, a pleasure dive and a guided night dive. You are now a certified PADI qualified diver!

Day 6: Diving and return to Cairns. Three more pleasure dives at the Reef before returning to Cairns. Optional farewell dinner.

Day 7: Trip ends. Head home or on to your next travel adventure!

See exotic corals, shoals of colourful fish, and explore Australia’s aquatic paradise on this unique reef experience. Learn a great new skill as you gain diving know-how and a new qualification on this diving experience at the Great Barrier Reef.

Please note: This programme is subject to a local charge of AUD75, which is not included in the overall programme cost. This cost includes Government Environmental Management Charge, Port Departure Tax and administration costs.

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The dive training school is closed on Sundays. If you book the Cairns accommodation option, you will arrive the day before the dive training begins, meaning you can arrive on any day of the week except Saturdays. For those who have booked the Learn to Dive option only you can start your dive training on any day of the week except Sundays. If you wish to book an open-dated ticket please select 'unknown start date'.