Get onboard our PADI Diving Course with this Great Barrier Reef Cairns liveaboard!

If you are short on time and don’t want to do a week-long course but want the true liveaboard experience, this four-day liveaboard Great Barrier Reef PADI Diving Course is the perfect option for you.

1st Step: Firstly, instead of classroom theory, the theory portion of this certification is completed online, via eLearning, in your own time before arriving in Cairns.

2nd Step: Then, you will spend one-day completing practical training at our PADI Dive Centre and pool.

3rd Step: Finally, you will complete the course during three days onboard our premier reef liveaboard – diving the spectacular Great Barrier Reef.

Furthermore, all ocean training dives will occur 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 excellent visibility.

Your four-day course consists of the following:

  • After booking, we will send you login instructions to the online PADI eLearning Open Water Course theory portion.  You must complete all modules and quizzes before starting your practical training in Cairns.
  • Then, spend one day of practical training at the Pro Dive Cairns Training Centre.
  • Finally, spend three-days and two-nights on an Outer Great Barrier Reef liveaboard trip.

How many dives will I do?

You will have the opportunity to complete up to nine dives, with the first four being your PADI diving course training. Once you finish your training dives successfully, you will obtain your PADI Open Water Certification. After that, you can enjoy five recreational dives, including a night dive guided by your instructor.

Which Great Barrier Reef sites will I visit?

You may visit any number of reefs, including Flynn, Thetford, Milln and Pellowe Reef and see a fantastic diversity of marine life, including giant clams, sea turtles, stingrays, reef sharks, an incredible variety of tropical fish and spectacular coral formations. Additionally, night diving will introduce a whole new dimension of nocturnal sea-life that you won’t want to miss.

The four-day eLearning course offers a convenient, memorable and exciting way to become a certified diver on the magnificent world heritage Great Barrier Reef. With the opportunity to explore these stunning reefs and witness the vibrant marine life they offer, completing this course is a truly unforgettable experience.

You don’t want to do the theory online?  Then upgrade to the 5 days Learn to Dive course when booking.  Basically, this course includes an extra day in the classroom.


  • Get your PADI Open Water dive certification!
  • One day of practical training at the Pro Dive Cairns Training Centre.
  • Three-days and two-nights on an Outer Great Barrier Reef liveaboard trip.


PADI diving course itinerary

Day 1  – PADI diving course training centre

08:00: First, complimentary hotel transfer
Available from Cairns city and Northern Beaches hotels/hostels

09:00: Check-in

09:15: Then, start your pool training (no theory, as you will have already completed it)

Noon Lunch break
(Lunch not provided)

13:00: After lunch, time for more pool training

17:00: Finally, return transfer back to your accommodation

Day 2 – Great Barrier Reef

06:00: First, 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: Finally, enjoy a guided night dive!

Day 4 – Great Barrier Reef

06:30: First, wake up to enjoy your last morning onboard the Scubapro vessel, then it’s 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: Finally, join the farewell dinner (optional, additional cost)
Join fellow passengers and crew at a local restaurant for a farewell dinner


• PADI Open Water Certification
• PADI Open Water E-Learning
• All dive and snorkelling equiptment (prescription masks if required)
• All meals and bed linen on board the boat.
• Dive Insurance
• Dive Log book
• Accomodation transfers (city and northern beaches)
• 2 passport photos (required for certification)

What to bring

  • What to bring to your PADI diving course

    • Day 1: Towel, swimwear, sunscreen, money for lunch, and dive medical.
    • Day 2-4: Overnight bag with comfortable clothing and toiletries, towel, swimwear, sunscreen and a hat.
    • Credit card or cash for onboard purchases

How to get there

Please visit the Prodive Cairns retail shop on the corner of Shields and Grafton Streets Cairns the day before your trip departing.

This way, you can organise any equipment and paperwork before departure. The Prodive Cairns shop is open seven days from 9:30 am to 7 pm.

Return transfers from Cairns City accommodation are included in this tour.

Important Information

Padi diving course important Information

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

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.   Medical Questionnaire

Furthermore, anyone completing an entry-level scuba course which

  • (a) has or has had any of the medical conditions mentioned in the Medical Questionnaire or;
  • (b) is over 45 years old or;
  • (c) has a body mass index of more than 30 and a waist circumference of more than 102cm for males or 88cm for females.

You MUST provide a medical certificate by a doctor certifying that the person is medically fit to dive. The medical certification should be provided in English, preferably by a medical practitioner with experience in diving medicine, within 90 days prior to the commencement of training.

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 single no-decompression scuba dive.  Furthermore, you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive for multiple dives.
If you are Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning, you must wait 24 hours after diving.
We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible.

Dive Course Required Swim

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

Please note that at the time of booking, a AUD$85.00 per person Environmental management charges & charges will be added. This fee includes a Government Environmental Management Charge of AUD21.00, Port Departure Tax and Administration Charges. This charge applies to all passengers travelling on the 3 Day 2 Night Liveaboard Dive trip and all Dive Courses combining the 3 Day trip. (This fee is subject to change and without notice.)



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