The night before departure:
If you have time we suggest you drop into our retail shop, located on the corner of Shields & Grafton Streets, where you can arrange your dive equipment for the trip (this means you won’t have to do it at 6:00am on the morning of your trip!). The retail shop is open until 7.00pm, 7 days a week.
Reef Teach - You can learn about the reef and fish you will meet by visiting ‘Reef Teach’ a 2 hour Marine Biology Presentation. It is located on the 2nd floor of the Mainstreet Arcade at 85 Lake Street. If you aim to be there at 06:15pm the presentation will start at 06:30pm sharp. This is an additional cost and not available on Sunday and Monday nights
The 2 Nitrox training dives will be completed over the first two days, during 2 of the 5 Advanced Training Dives. All dives post nitrox certification will be available using nitrox.
Day One - Diving the Outer Great Barrier Reef
Dive 1 & 2 - Two pleasure dives to give you an introduction to diving on the Great Barrier Reef. This is also a great opportunity for you to acclimatize to the diving conditions, fine tune your skills or even to refresh your skills if it has been some time since your last dive.
Dive 3 - Navigation Dive - After revising your knowledge review, your instructor will brief you on your navigation dive where you will complete some exercises using both compass and natural references to help improve your underwater navigation skills.
Dive 4 - Night Dive - Here you will be introduced to night diving on the Great Barrier Reef. You will complete a simple navigation exercise before being given a guided tour with your instructor. During your night dive you can expect to find sleeping turtles, parrot fish and a variety of other marine life only encountered at night.
Day Two - Experience further fantastic diving on the Outer Great Barrier Reef
Dive 1 - Deep Dive - During this dive we will give you the experience to safely conduct dives beyond your 18 metre depth limit as an open water diver. Under the close supervision of your dive instructor you will be taken down to 30metres, where you will be tested for signs of nitrogen narcosis, shown the effects of increased pressure and colour absorption at depth.
Dive 2,3 & 4 - With your three core training dives now completed, you have today and tomorrow remaining for pleasure dives and to complete the last 2 dives of your Advanced training dives, all designed to introduce you to other interesting areas of diving which you may wish to learn more about. You can select your last 2 training dives from those listed below.
Day Three - Morning dives and return to Cairns
Dive 1,2 & 3 - You have a morning of pleasure diving and the opportunity to finish any additional training dives that you may not have yet completed, before returning to Cairns after lunch.
Training Dive Options
To learn more about the Great Barrier Reef and its ecosystem - this dive is an absolute must! We will teach you how to identify the main families of fish from Damselfish to Triggerfish. You will also be taught how to identify the different corals. If this dive interests you make sure you don’t miss the Reef Teach marine biology presentation, the night before your trip departs.
If you want to take home some lasting memories this elective dive is ideal. On your Underwater Photography dive you will be taught pre and post underwater camera care and you will also be shown how to get the best results from your underwater camera. After loading your underwater camera your dive will simply involve trying to capture the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. If you do not have your own camera you can hire a digital underwater camera at a cost of AUD$35 per dive.
Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB)
This training dive is designed for divers to fine tune their buoyancy control by learning collect weighting techniques, collect positioning of weights & tanks and breathing technique. As a diver who can effectively control buoyancy, you will be protecting not just yourself but the coral reef from minimising contact.
Many divers learn to dive and make dozens of dives before they ever set foot on a dive boat; others learn to dive from one type of boat, but have little experience diving from others. If you fit in either group, the boat diving elective will speed your transition to diving from boats or boats you're not familiar with.