Dive Courses

Diving Information

The Lady Elliot Island Dive Shop is a PADI Resort Association Member and offers a range of PADI certified dive courses. The Dive Shop has a comprehensive stock of hire equipment available. Scuba Diving is conducted daily, in the morning and afternoon, and qualified staff escort all dives.

All divers must produce a certification card to dive along with photo ID.

Discover Scuba Dive Course—$165pp (Minimum age 12 years)

This is a course for the beginner, approximately 4.5 hours including theory, pool and one dive. Lady Elliot Island is a great place for your first Dive adventure, you're likely to encounter some amazing marine wildlife under the guidance of a fully qualified Instructor. MUST meet requirements of the Discover Scuba (Resort Dive) Medical Questionnaire. If you have answered YES to any question/s, you must complete an AS4005.1 Dive Medical prior to arrival on Lady Elliot Island.

Includes dive equipment

Follow up dives—$105 (includes dive equipment)

Open Water Dive Course - $550.00pp (Minimum age 12 years)

What better place to complete your Open Water Dive Course than a coral cay located on the magnificent Great Barrier Reef! This is a comprehensive course covering all academic and practical requirements. Approximately 8 hours of academic training (theory can be completed via PADI e-learning), 8 hours of pool training and 6 hours of open water training. Your training with a qualified instructor is spread over 7 days to allow you to enjoy your holiday and allow sufficient time to complete your course. MUST meet requirements of the Medical Declaration for Non-Certified (entry level) Divers. If you have answered YES to any question/s, you must complete an AS4005.1 Dive Medical prior to arrival on Lady Elliot Island. Anyone aged 45 or over MUST complete an AS 4005.1 Dive Medical^ prior to arrival.

Need to stay a minimum stay of 7 nights at the Resort to complete the Open Water Dive Course.

Includes dive equipment

Referral Open Water Course - $450pp (Minimum age 12 years)

What a better place to finish your Open Water dives than on the magical Barrier Reef! You will need a PADI Referral Form completed by your original Dive Instructor and/or a Dive Log with any training completed & signed by your original instructor Open Water Dive Manual RDP (Recreational Dive Planner). MUST meet requirements of the Certified Diver Information. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, you must complete an AS4005.1 Dive Medical^ prior to arrival on Lady Elliot Island.

Other agency referral other than PADI, additional training is required @ $75 per person.

Minimum stay of 3 nights at the resort.

Includes dive equipment

Advanced Course $150pp + Dives + Equipment (Minimum age 12 years)

5 Dives are conducted during this course. Navigation and Deep Dive are core dives and must be completed with 3 elective dives (Wreck, Drift, Boat, Underwater Naturalist, Aware Fish ID, DPV, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Search & Recovery, Underwater Photography (own camera), Underwater Videography or Night Dive). Must have current Open Water Certificate. MUST meet requirements of the Certified Diver Information. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, you must complete an AS4005.1 Dive Medical^ prior to arrival on Lady Elliot Island.

Minimum stay required of 4 nights at the resort to complete the Advanced Course.

Dive equipment & dives NOT included

Rescue Course - $450 pp (Minimum age 12 yrs)

Rescue Diver training will prepare you to prevent problems and build your confidence. Topics you'll cover are diver stress, self rescue, panic diver response and first aid management. To qualify you must be a Certified Advanced Diver before commencement of the Rescue Course. You must also have completed a sanctioned First Aid and CPR course. The Rescue course is approximately 25 hours including self study. MUST meet requirements of the Certified Diver Information. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, you must complete an AS4005.1 Dive Medical^ prior to arrival on Lady Elliot Island.

A minimum stay of 4 nights at the Resort is required to complete the Rescue Course.

Dive equipment and four (4) open water dives are included

Refresher Pool Dive $20.00 (including dive equipment)

Divers who have not dived in the last 12 months must successfully complete a refresher and safety orientation dive. This session is designed for divers who haven’t been in the water for a while and would like to polish up their diving skills.

Please note:

  • All dives are subject to weather conditions
  • All divers must produce a dive certification card and photo ID to dive
  • If your dive certification is by any other agency other than PADI, you must bring a copy of your certification along with photo ID
  • If you are aged 45 or over, it is recommended that you see an accredited doctor to complete an Australian Dive Medical AS 4005.1^
  • We cannot guarantee sightings of marine life

^Australian Dive Medical AS 4005.1 – A list of accredited doctors can be obtained from the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society website www.spums.org.au. This form MUST be presented the Dive Shop before you will be able to participate in any form of diving.