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4-day PADI Budget Open Water Dive Course, with Island and Reef day trips, Reefkist

© Cairns Dive Centre

The Course

With this PADI course Cairns Dive Centre is offers a unique low-cost dive certification course in the area. The course starts with two days of classroom and pool instruction at their learning facility on the edge of town.

On day three youíll make the quick 45-minute trip to Fitroy Island, and make your first two ocean dives from the shore of the island. © Cairns Dive Centre On day four youíll travel out to the Great Barrier Reef to make your third and fourth ocean dives, and complete your certification.

Cairns Dive Center's teaching facilities include a heated training pool, air-conditioned classrooms, changing rooms, gear lockers, showers and restrooms. Their campus is located on the edge of town, and a courtesy bus will transport you to and from your lodging.

Classes start daily in English, with texts and other course materials available in many other languages to assist students from these countries with their learning. The minimum age requirement for this course is 14 years of age. (Under 18 requires signed parental permission.)

Cairns Dive Centre is the only dive school offering an island option with their dive courses. This might be a great option if you are uncomfortable on boats, or would like a more relaxed small group experience.

Itís possible to stay out on the island on the third day of your course, and have a relaxed morning before Cairns Dive Centreís boat picks you up on the way out to the Great Barrier Reef. There are a range of lodging options out on the island, from budget camping to very nice, let us know if a night or two out on the island would be something of interest to you.

This course includes dives aboard Reefkist, a 60 foot Catamaran with a maximum of 10 student divers. The dive trip included in the course is for 4 days (note: return to town overnight), and allows 4 dives.

The Boat

Cairns Dive Centre is proud of their new boat, Reefkist. This 18-metre (60-foot) power cat makes for a stable and quick trip out to the reef. There's plenty of space on board the boat, either in the shaded or sun deck areas, or inside in the air-conditioned cabin area. While licencesed to hold up to 80 persons, Cairns Dive Centre has limited their boat to just 40 to give more plenty of space. Exits and entrances from the water are easy from the water level dive deck at the stern.

Course Prices

Included two days of pool/classroom instruction 2 training dives on Fitzroy Island all course materials- available in many languages prescription masks wetsuit all dive gear 2 training dives on the Great Barrier Reef transfers to/from your Cairns lodging loan of course text

Book Course
All prices are in US Dollars.
1 Apr 19 - 4 Jul 20
Course in English, (courses starting M, W, Fr) $345
lodging not provided -
transfers: Northern Beaches per day $13
Env. Mangement Charge and fuel levy (pay on board) per course $17
digital underwater camera hire (done on board) per day $30

About Cairns Dive Centre © Cairns Dive Centre

Cairns Dive Centre is one of Cairnsí most respected dive operators and has been operating in Cairns for many years. This locally owned company is also one of the largest dive schools in Cairns, and trained over 6.500 divers last year. Cairns Dive Center is an SSI Career Development Center, and as such has trained many of the dive masters and instructors working in the area.

We have had many clients dive and train with CDC, and they have found the staff to be friendly, upbeat, helpful and professional, and the operation to be very well run.

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