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Intro Diving??

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Intro Diving??

Hi,

I am visiting Cairns in March for 6 days,and wanted to go scuba diving in the GBR. I initally planned to take a PADI course here,but that didnt work out,and now,its a bt out of my price range to do while Im there. I had read about introductory dives offered by different companies,and wondered,do you still get to see a lot of the reef/marine life on these dives? Also,which company offers the best tours for intro dives? Finally,can you also snorkel if you book diving on one of these day trips?

Any advice appreciated!!!

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Hi

You could try going on a liveaboard trip which takes care of your accommodation as well as you doing a dive course. There are some surprisingly cheap ones.

If that's still too expensive, then you could try an introductory dive. You just book a trip out to the reef and all the boats offer introductory dives. It's a little bit extra on top off your day trip out. You can snorkel as well. You get to see a nice part of the reef, but certainly not as nice as any liveaboard boat, as these boats go a lot further away and into some untouched territories.

http://www.what-about-cairns-australia.com

and click on the reef button and diving button to find out more about day trips and liveaboards.

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I think you are best to do a discover Scuba course and do a couple of dives to 12m on that certification. That gives you an introduction, and if diving is for you go and do the open water course and then some advanced training. I would NOT do the open water course as part of a liveaboard dive trip. That's because the purpose of this course is to learn dive skills, and you SHOULD be far too busy learning the skills to enjoy the sights on the reef. The OW course isn't something to rush or take lightly. I don't think you would get full value from the liveaboard dive trip as so much of your dive time would be taken up with training and practising skills.

Just my opinion

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Another alternative is to do an E-learning online theory course and then you've done your course at home. All you have to do is dive to your hearts content when you get here. But that's only if you budget allows you.

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sunjewel258, have you actually done an open water dive course?

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Tusa T6 does 2 intro dives per trip on 2 different locations... plus extra time for snorkeling....the intro dives count for 1 of your O/W course dives should you choose to do one when budgets allow.

Google Tusa T6 for their details..

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Yes, the discover scuba option is a good one. I did my first dives on one of these in Thailand. I know that in theory you can get a dive credited towards your open water certification, but it doesn't usually save you any money and many dive instructors would not be at all keen on you doing that anyway. Discover Scuba is great for what it is, some intro dives under the close supervision of an instructor.

Don't confuse it with the full open water certification. After you get that, you should be fully capable of diving without tagging along with a dive proffessional (although almost all boats have the escorted dive option). It's a course you should do with the aim of getting as much out of it as possible - the skills you learn can save your life! I wouldn't consider opting out of dives unless you were doing it more or less straight away after Discover Scuba and with the same instructor.

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