So you’d like to take the plunge! With an Introductory Dive (or sometimes known as a “Discover Dive” or “Resort Dive”), no previous experience is necessary and you’ll be able to experience the excitement of scuba diving whilst under very close supervision of an instructor.
Our onboard and highly skilled dive instructors will take you step by step through the whole experience, from the dive briefing lecture, the equipment and the dive, to ensure all facets of your dive are comfortable and most of all enjoyable.
On the outward journey to the Reef, instructors assess the suitability of potential introductory divers and you’ll be required complete the necessary paperwork which includes a medical questionnaire. You’ll be taught fundamentals of scuba diving as well as the use of equipment. There’s a video to watch and a quick quiz to complete. All equipment, including wetsuits and prescription masks (if required) are included in the price of the introductory dive.
Once at the Reef, it’s out to the dive deck and ready to gear up! Your instructor will make sure you’re comfortable with the basic skills again and you’re ready for your underwater adventure! The Great Barrier Reef is more about shallow scuba diving and your dive may take you as deep as 12 metres (40 feet).
The instructor is by your side the whole time and you can even link arms if you feel the need. Your dive experience will generally last around 30 minutes underwater, and if you’re hooked by the end of, you’ve got the option to try a second introductory dive at another site to experience a whole new reef environment!
After your dive experience, you’ll get a PADI Certificate as a memento of your underwater adventure. This certificate is not a qualification – it is simply a memento of one of the best experiences of your life. To get a recognised qualification you will need to complete a Learn to Dive Course. Please visit www.prodivecairns.com or www.quicksilverdive.com.au for more information.
Certain medical conditions (diabetes, asthma etc) and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving. Please see our Dive Medical page for more information.
Minimum age for introductory scuba diving is 12 years.
Flying after scuba diving: A wait of 12 hours is recommended but preferably 24 hours, if doing multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.
Thinking about taking the plunge and becoming a certified scuba diver? Pro Dive Cairns’ five-day PADI Open Water course is the most popular way to combine the adventure of learning to dive with the excitement of a liveaboard dive trip.
If time prevents you from participating in the five-day course, but you still wish to enjoy the liveaboard experience, the four-day course is the perfect option for you. Classroom theory is replaced with online eLearning which can be completed in your own time prior to arriving in Cairns.
Quicksilver Dive’s 4 Day PADI learn to dive course combines two day’s training at the state of art Diver Training Centre in Port Douglas with two exciting day trips to Agincourt Reef. If you’re short on time, the 3 Day eLearning course is the ideal option as you complete the theory component online before joining the course for a day of pool sessions and two day trips to complete your training dives.