PADI Scuba Diver


Learn to scuba dive in the ocean with our latest PADI certification

The PADI Scuba Diver course is ideal for kids aged 10 and over who’ve tried our Scuba Kids and Seal Team programs – or people of any age who are keen to learn to dive but aren’t ready for a full Open Water course.

In this course, students will learn to dive – not just in the pool, but in the ocean on the stunning Great Barrier Reef.

Over four weeks they’ll lean the basic principles of scuba diving, practise their skills in our heated dive pool, then explore the underwater world with a day trip including two open water dives.

By the end of the course, participants will be certified PADI Scuba Divers and be able to dive to 12m with a certified parent, guardian or PADI professional!

What’s Next?

Scuba Divers can continue their education when they’re ready, by upgrading to the full PADI Open Water certification. This will involve a further day of pool and theory session and one more day trip to the reef.

Dive as a Family

We’ve designed this course for families and there’s no age limit, so anyone over the age of 10 is welcome to join in.

Or if you’re a certified diver with a child taking this course, and it’s been a while between dives, why not join them in the pool and take a scuba refresher course? Then you can all enjoy a Great Barrier Reef day trip together. As they say, the family that dives together, makes lasting memories together!

Staying Safe

We want to make scuba diving an enjoyable and safe experience for everyone. Here’s how we’ll keep participants safe during our PADI Scuba Diver sessions:

  • Small class sizes
  • All instructors are PADI professionals and blue card holders (cleared by the Queensland Government to work with children)
  • We encourage parents to stay and watch the session – or join in themselves!
  • We have a COVID Safe plan in place and are following government safety guidelines
  • All equipment is correctly sized and thoroughly cleaned between uses
  • Medical questionnaire must be filled out before participating (see below)

Course Dates:

Sunday 25 April, Sunday 2 May, Sunday 9 May & Saturday 15 May


3 half-day sessions (8.30am-12.30pm) at our dive centre plus one full day trip (see itinerary below)


Children must be 10 years or over. Parental approval is required and a medical statement must be filled out (see below). Some swimming skills required (see below).


  • All dive and snorkel gear including wetsuit
  • Tuition from our friendly instructors
  • Day trip to the outer reef
  • Official certificate of completion
  • Lots of fun!

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PADI Scuba Diver Course

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Includes all equipment and tuition. Prices valid to 31 March 2022. 


Course Schedule

Day 1 (Sunday 25 April)

8:30 am: Check in and orientation, paperwork and youth diving flip chart/video. Parents are required to attend this presentation – after this you’re welcome to leave your children with us until pick up.

9am: Video, knowledge review and quiz

10:30am: Scuba gear set up

11am: Pool practice session and scuba games

12:30pm: Pick up

Day 2 (Sunday 2 May)

8:30am: Video, knowledge review and quiz

10:30am: Scuba gear set up

11am: Pool practice session and scuba games

12:30pm: Pick up

Day 3 (Sunday 9 May)

8:30 am: Video, knowledge review and quiz

11am: Scuba gear set up, pool practice session and scuba games

12:30pm:  pick up

Day 4 (Saturday 15 May) – Diving on the Great Barrier Reef!

Approx. 8am: Check in on the boat (Special local rates apply if other family members want to join us to snorkel or dive!)

10:15 am: First open water dive on the outer Great Barrier Reef

11:45am: Guided snorkelling


1pm: Second open water dive

4:30 pm: Parents pick up at the vessel

Additional info


  • Minimum age 10 years
  • Pre-register and pass dive medical (medical form must be returned prior to start date – see below)
  • Can float for 10 minutes in the pool without aids or wetsuit
  • Reasonable reading ability*
  • Minimum course size applies of 4 students

*Exceptions apply for learning disabilities – medical note must be provided as proof

Medical Information

Please note some medical conditions including asthma and ADD medication may prevent your child from diving. A medical statement must be filled out for each participant and returned before the start of the course.

If your child has a YES answer on the medical, please organise an appointment with a local physician in order to obtain a ‘fit to scuba dive’ medical. This must be done before the first pool session.

Please contact us before booking if you have any queries.

What to Bring

Pool and class days:

  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Any dive equipment you may have that you wish to use


  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Water bottle
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Warm jumper
  • Sea sickness prevention (if required)
  • Some money for snacks> (optional)