Learn to Scuba Dive on the Great Barrier Reef: 4-Day PADI Open Water Dive Course - Reviews

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

I booked a PADI Open water course, and it was awesome! So awesome that I added one extra day to pass the Adventure certification. The reef is amazing, the boat is huge and the crew nice and careful. Special thanks to Aaron, our kind, funny and really patient instructor!

PMa Germany

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

Our diving tour with Down Under Dive Cairns was a lot of fun. With Aaron, we had a great teacher and diving instructor. 2 days of classroom and pool training first, 2 days of reef diving and practical exam second. The gear for the pool training was all right, not the newest but still functional. On board of the EVOLUTION the diving gear was perfect. We visited Norman Reef and Hastings Reef on our two days out there. Perfect places to practice diving and to enjoy the magnificent sea world of the GBR. The only thing you have to take into account when booking is that the boat is one of the biggest in the harbour and there are lots of tourists going with you to do some snorkeling or diving at the reef sites, so it can get busy on board or in the water.

Ben N United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

Excellent scuba diving class! Will do the Advanced Open Water Diving Class next.

Mark H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

Amazing experience. Frankie was an amazing teacher and his passion was second to none, having a small group of up people to spend time with during the week all learning at the same pace made the time fly even faster. Experiencing the reef in such a way was just outstanding, and being able to snorkel too after diving made it even better. I am now definitely going to start doing a lot of diving! I would recommend this to anyone who is thinking about learning to dive - just do it and you won't regret it.

jesse l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

This is a great course for anyone interested in learning to scuba dive. I'm not sure about the other instructors but Francesco was an amazing teacher. Extremely knowledgeable, patient and throws in some jokes as well. There's a lot to learn but it is common sense so most people should find it easy. The 2 days out on the Great Barrier Reef were amazing. So many beautiful things to look at. On the last dive, a 3 foot sea turtle came up to me and looked me in the eyes... something I will never forget! Our group was able to fit in 2 dives as well as 2 snorkeling sessions when we weren't diving, per day. Wish I had more time and I would have done the extra 2 days of diving for the advanced course. Highly recommend and you can't ask for a better setting on learning to dive than the Great Barrier Reef.

Rob A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

Learning to Scuba dive at the great barrier reef was fantastic. Our instructor was good fun and very informative. Highly recommended.

David C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Unreal. Best thing I did in Australia. If you can take the advanced course for the extra two days. I regret not planning to take it.

Nitiwat S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Frankie is my instructor for this course. He's so kind and outgoing. Lecture class wasn't boring because of him. We done a lot of skills in first two days and enjoy four dives at the reef. Plenty of food on the boat. SUPERB!! DELICIOUS!! and the guy in dreadlock is pretty funny, he keep entertain us until we back to the land. Awesome trip ever. WORTH to do it!! Maybe one day I'll back to Cairns and study Advanced course with them. From: Nitiwat Joe

Eric C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

Awesome experience! J. Wall, our instructor, was very patient with my wife who was struggling with one of the skills that we needed to learn in order to be certified. The company focuses very heavily upon safety and making sure everyone can take care of him/herself when diving. The open water dives were beautiful and amazing things were scene. IF you get seasick, make sure you prepare for that, as it takes at least an hour via boat to get to the different reef sights. My wife and I loved it. Thanks, J!

Gabriel H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

I had a really great time. In the beginning I was not so sure, because the Padi Open Water Licence is so cheap compared with other Diving Schools in Cairns. This is so, because they dont have an own boat, so you are with a lot of other people on the boat. It was quite a fast boat and it took us between 1 and 1,5 hours to the outer reef.

The Instructor was qualified, funny and he was with us for the 4 days. You got free coffee, tea and cookies all the time + Lunch at the two Reef trips. In the class were 7 people. 6 of this 7 people were backpackers and we all had a really great time even after scuba diving ;)
Even if I got sea sick on the first day, I would recommend this trip. Diving in the reef was incredible!!

Michiel M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

This is a great combination to learn about diving and to see the great barrier reef. I had a very nice time and you really make new friends. Our dive instructor Nick was the best: always friendly for everyone, funny and they dive 'by the rules', which gives you trust for your next step. Every next half a day is a new step/challenge. You feel confident because you learn what to do. In this way you will appreciate the great barrier reef much more than lets say an introductory dive, where you might feel insecure. They also care (and make you care) about nature and wildlife at the reef, which is important when you go diving. (april 2014)

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