learn to scuba dive (Day Trips only)

PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Certification

  • 6 dives
  • Transfers Day 1 & 2
  • Dive equipment

  • Hot Showers
  • Lunch Day 3 & 4

  • AC Cabins/Classrooms

  • PADI

Learn to dive four day certification

Thinking about taking the plunge and becoming a certified scuba diver but you’re short on time or unable to take part in our popular five-day course with a liveaboard trip, this four-day course is a great alternative. You will complete academic and practical training at our PADI Five Star Dive and Career Development Centre, with ocean training dives conducted during two single day dive trips to The Great Barrier Reef. With warm waters, minimal current and great visibility year round, The Great Barrier Reef is the best place on Earth to learn how to dive.

This land based learn to dive course operates in conjunction with TUSA Dive’s day boat operation and runs for four days. You will spend the first two days at our purpose-built diver training facility, learning theory and diving in our heated four-metre deep training pool. The following two days will be spent on the reef, performing four ocean training dives and two pleasure dives onboard TUSA Dive’s fast, modern catamaran, returning each night to Cairns and your regular accommodation.

Note: This program is a product of joint operations of two different companies, therefore you will be working with different instructors throughout the course and will be with a different group of people for the ocean training portion of the course. TUSA dive is a separate company to Pro Dive Cairns.  


  • Purpose built, PADI Five Star Dive and Career Development Centre
  • You'll be taught by fully qualified PADI instructors, a passionate team of experienced people, ensuring your safety and the quality of your certification.
  • The dive industry in Australia is heavily regulated, with safety the number one priority. There is no safer place to learn to dive in the world.

Important Health and Safety Information:

Before commencing your dive course, you are required to complete the self-assessment Entry Level Student Diver Medical Declaration. A positive response to any question indicates there is a pre-existing condition which may affect your safety while diving and you must consult a medical practitioner, preferably with experience in diving medicine, to obtain a dive medical certificate that states you are medically fit to dive.

To obtain a copy of the Entry Level Student Diver Medical Declaration, please click here. The medical must be completed within 90 days of starting your dive course.


  • Ask plenty of questions, our instructors are keen to help you gain your confidence as a diver
  • Let us know if anything is making you uncomfortable e.g. straps too tight
  • Drink lots of water and stay hydrated
  • Don't give up and stay positive! If you are having problems, you are not alone and we will help you

Course Schedule

Please Note: Pick up times will vary depending on location so please check your pick up time with our office. Please bring travel voucher and/or course fees, your dive medical if required, swimwear and a towel.

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Tripadvisor Reviews

4.5Excellent! (Based on 740+ Reviews)

- Reviewed 12 May 2017 -
Sarah C
5 Days: Learn to Dive/Liveaboard

Had an incredible experience with Pro Dive Cairns in early March 2017, can't recommend it enough! I did the 5 day learn to dive; I had never done any SCUBA before and came out of the experience as a confident and certified recreational diver with...
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- Reviewed 17 December 2017 -
Tampa, Florida
3 day/2 nights

Excellent experience all the way around. Stephanie G helped us get our AOW and our nitrox certifications while on board. She was amazing! The whole staff was exceptionally friendly, food was great, we always felt safety was first, rooms were small but comfortable and we...
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- Reviewed 16 November 2017 -
Elizabeth B
Brisbane, Australia
Great scuba operation for certified divers

Boats are well-maintained and staffed with excellent people. For the most part, the staff leave the certified divers alone to dive at their leisure which is how an experienced diver wants it. The boat is quite comfy and serves excellent food. It can get frustrating...
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