PADI Referral Courses
Referral Courses can be done if you have completed only part of your dive training. Once you arrive in Australia, you can then finish your dive training. This is a great option if you don't want to spend two days of your holiday doing pool and classroom training!
The PADI referral system enables you to complete your PADI Open Water Dive Course with us in Cairns, Australia.
When you have completed the Academic training and Confined Water training portions of the PADI OPEN WATER DIVER COURSE, ask your instructor for the following documents:
- PADI Referral form (less than 12 months old)
- Copy of your completed PADI Medical Questionnaire
- Medical Certificate stating you are fit to dive
- Medical Certificate must be less than 90 days old and to Australian Standard AS4005.1 (See below for more information on medicals)
There are a few different options for completeing this course.
2 Day Trips - With this option you will go the Outer Great Barrier Reef each day and return to Cairns each afternoon. Includes four training dives and one fun dive.
2 day 1 Night Liveabord trip - With this option you will go the Outer Great Barrier Reef and stay 1 night on our Liveaboard and return to Cairns the following day. Includes four training dives and one fun dive.
3 day 2 Night Liveabord trip - With this option you will go the Outer Great Barrier Reef and stay 2 nights on our Liveaboard and then return to Cairns. Includes four training dives and five fun dives, including 1 night dive. This is definitely the most popuplar option.NON-PADI Referral Courses
If you have completed the academic and confined water training with a certifying agency other than PADI, we are generally able to convert your training and issue you with a PADI Open Water Diver Certification. Further training will be required however, at least one day PADI Scuba Review Program with a private instructor. (Additional charges apply, please contact us for details).
NOTES REGARDING MEDICAL CERTIFICATE:
According to the recommendation of the Australian Code of Practice for Recreational Diving and Snorkelling, all divers are to undergo a medical examination according to Australian Standard AS4005.1, conducted by a doctor with training in hyperbaric medicine.
Medical statements must be less than 90 days old
Since diver training is conducted in large numbers in Cairns, Australia, such an examination is relatively inexpensive and easy to arrange. In fact, we have a hyperbaric Qualified Doctor who attends our training facility several hours everyday for this purpose.
If you would like for us to arrange a medical examination, please advise us and remember to arrive one day earlier to facilitate the examination. (Check in is at 8am everyday, medical examinations are conducted between 10:30am and 12:00pm). If you are only doing the "Pool and Theory" referral, the medical examination can be conducted on the first day of your course.
The current cost of this examination is AUD$60
Generally, most students pass the Medical Examination without any difficulty. There are however some CONTRA-INDICATIONS for scuba diving.
If you have ever suffered from any of the following conditions, you are UNLIKELY to pass the medical examination here:
- HEART SURGERY
- DIABETES REQUIRING INSULIN
- OR IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY PREGNANT
This medical examination MUST be conducted along the guidelines of Australian Standard AS4005.1. Please click here for more information on dive medicals.