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If you are thinking about taking the plunge and learning to dive, the 5 day PADI "Open Water" dive course on the Great Barrier Reef is a really cool and different choice. The adventure of staying out on the reef for three days and two nights and the five extra recreational dives makes this course unmatched for experience and value. This dive course consists of two days of theory and pool training then a 3 day and 2 night liveaboard dive trip, including nine dives. You will head out on the boat after finishing the classroom and pool sessions to end your course and go directly in to "fundiving" on the most famous reef in the world.
The Great Barrier Reef is a Marine Park and World Heritage area. It is recognized as one of the world's most unique and amazing marine spectacles and extends for 2300 kilometers along the northeastern coast of Australia. It consists of about 2900 individual reefs and covers an area the size of the United Kingdom. Its ecosystem supports the greatest concentration of life on this planet with its resident marine life including 1,500 species of fish, 350 different kinds of coral, 4000 species of mollusks and 10,000 species of sponges. It also provides breeding areas for humpback whales, sea turtles dugong and seabirds. Hundreds of species of algae, including seaweeds, also live on the reef as a vital part of the reef system.
The PADI Open Water Diver course is the most popular diving certificate worldwide. After completing this 3-4 day course you are certified to dive to 18 m independently with a buddy. The course consists of five modules of learning. You study via self-study workbook and complete a knowledge review.
Day 1 & 2: You will learn the basics of scuba diving, both classroom and pool, at the modern, purpose built diver training centre in Cairns. The dive training pool is heated for year round, all weather comfort. Note: Own accommodation required day 1 & 2 & 5.
Day 3 - 5: You will spend out on the reef on one of the three multimillion dollar liveaboard dive boats. You will have the opportunity to do nine dives on a variety of the exclusive outer reef dive sites. These dives consist of four training dives to complete the certification, then five additional recreational dives to enjoy your new skills and gain some experience. One of these five dives is a guided night dive. These extra dives, especially the night dive, will be a highlight of your dive course. On the night of day five, after your return from the reef you have the opportunity to join the crew from your trip for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (Dinner at own cost)
Day 2: Academic and Pool Training 7:30am - Complimentary hotel transfer service available from your Cairns and Northern Beaches accommodation (as far as Palm Cove) 8:30am - Pool training 12:30pm - Visit the Pro Dive retail shop 1:00pm - Lunch break (lunch not included) 2:00pm - Academic training in the classroom and final exam 5:45pm - Complimentary hotel transfer service available
Day 3: Diving The Outer Great Barrier Reef 5:45am - Complimentary hotel transfer - available from Cairns city and Northern Beaches accommodation 6:15am - Check in at Pro Dive retail shop - corner Shields & Grafton Streets 7:00am - Depart Cairns for 3 days and 2 nights of fantastic diving/snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. A light breakfast is served onboard 11:30am - Your first training dive in the ocean 12:45pm - Lunch is served - hearty soup with an array of fresh salads, cold meats and bread rolls 2:30pm - Your second training dive 6:00pm - Dinner - the menu changes each trip however it will be wholesome, hot and of course lots of it! Then - time to relax!
Day 4: More Great Diving 7:00am - Third training dive before breakfast - this will be the deepest training dive of your certification 8:00am - Enjoy a hearty breakfast of cereal, fresh fruit, bacon and eggs as well as toast and spreads 10:30am - Fourth and final training dive 12:00pm - Lunch on the second day is hot pasta with a variety of fresh salads 3:00pm - You are now a certified diver!!! First pleasure dive!! 6:00pm - Dinner - again, the menu changes each trip however it will be wholesome, hot and of course lots of it! 7:00pm - A guided night dive after dinner - another great experience!
Day 5: More Diving And Return To Cairns 6:30am - Your first dive of the day 7:30am - A hot breakfast accompanied with fresh fruit salad, cereals and toast 9:00am - After breakfast, the vessel makes its last site of the trip, where you will do your second dive of the day 11:00am - Your last dive! When you surface freshly made sandwiches are served as the vessel heads home 4:00pm - Complimentary accommodation transfers - Cairns city and Northern Beaches 7:30pm - Join fellow passengers and crew at a local restaurant for a farewell dinner if you wishSe hele rejseprogrammet
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No accommodation on land is included in this package, and extended transfer info is therefore not available. However, traveling into town from Cairns Airport you will have a couple of options. It will cost you approximately AUD$15.00 from the Airport to Cairns city by taxi. Depending on the hotel you choose to stay in, it may offer free pickups from the Airport so please ask at the time of making your booking.
All meals & soft drinks included onboard.
If you want a longer itinerary, you can add extra days of diving and accommodation upon booking. Please Notice: Deartures everyday except Tuesday. That means, you can't start your course on a Sunday, since that would mean you would have to go on the boat on a Tuesday. Please note: Due to ocean and weather conditions, the itinerary can be subject to change.