Dive Courses

Scuba 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.

All divers must complete the Diver Registration Form on Lady Elliot Island

Discover Scuba Dive Course—$180pp (Minimum age 12 years)

A course for the beginner, approx. 4.5 hours includes theory, pool and one dive. Your first underwater experience is under the guidance of a fully qualified instructor. MUST meet requirements of the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Participation Statement and Medical Questionnaire. If you have answered YES to any question/s, you must complete 'AS4005.1 Dive Medical'^ prior to arrival on Lady Elliot Island. Includes dive equipment. Follow up dives - $120 (includes dive equipment)

Open Water Dive Course - $600pp (Minimum age 12 years)

A comprehensive course covering all academic and practical requirements. Approx. 8 hours of academic training, 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 PADI RSTC Medical Statement – Participant Record. If you have answered YES to any question/s, or if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, you must complete ‘AS4005.1 Dive Medical’^ prior to arrival on Lady Elliot Island. Anyone aged 45 or over MUST complete the ‘AS4005.1 Dive Medical’^ prior to arrival. Minimum stay of 7 nights at the Resort. Includes dive equipment.

Padi Open Water Dive Course eLearning - $500pp(Minimum age 12 years)

This course enables students who have done the necessary theory online with eLearning on www.padi.com to complete their Open Water Diver Course.

Lady Elliot Island Dive Shop number: 36125

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

Requirements: PADI Referral Form completed by your original instructor and/or a Dive Log with any training completed and signed by your original instructor Open Water Dive Manual RDP (Recreational Dive Planner). MUST meet requirements of the PADI RSTC Medical Statement – Participant Record. If you have answered YES to any question/s, or if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, you must complete ‘AS4005.1 Dive Medical’^ prior to arrival on Lady Elliot Island. Other agency referral other than PADI, additional training is required at $75.00pp. Minimum stay of 3 nights at the Resort. Includes dive equipment.

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

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 PADI RSTC Medical Statement – Participant Record. If you have answered YES to any question/s, or if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, you must complete ‘AS4005.1 Dive Medical’^ prior to arrival on Lady Elliot Island. Minimum stay required of 4 nights at the Resort. Dive equipment NOT included.

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

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 PADI RSTC Medical Statement – Participant Record. If you have answered YES to any question/s, or if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, you must complete ‘AS4005.1 Dive Medical’^ prior to arrival on Lady Elliot Island. A minimum stay of 4 nights at the resort is required. Dive equipment and four (4) open water dives are included.

Enriched Air (Nitrox) - $295pp (Minimum age 12yrs)

The PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) course adds another element to your diving experience. The course is designed to teach you the procedures for safe, recreational no decompression diving using Enriched Air (air with an oxy-gen content from 22% - 40%). The course covers the equipment and procedural concerns involving Enriched Air along with learning how to plan Nitrox dives, analyse oxygen content in the tank and determine your no decompression limit and your oxygen exposure limit while using enriched air. You MUST be a minimum age of 12 years old with the minimal certification level of Open Water Diver (PADI or equivalent from another organization) with at least 20 logged dives. MUST meet requirements of the PADI RSTC Medical Statement – Participant Record. If you have answered YES to any question/s, or if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, you must complete ‘AS4005.1 Dive Medical’^ prior to arrival on Lady Elliot Island. Anyone aged 45 or over MUST complete the ‘AS4005.1 Dive Medical’^ prior to arrival. The course includes, Enriched Air Divers manual, Theory and practical lessons including: two training dives, enriched air tank and Nitrox fills for the duration of the course and PADI enriched air diver certification card. Includes dive equipment.

Refresher Pool Dive - $20.00 including equipment

Session designed to familiarise certified divers who have not dived within the last 12 months.

Please note:

  • All dives are subject to weather conditions
  • All divers must complete the Diver Registration Form on Lady Elliot Island
  • 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.