Certification / Refresher Courses

New to diving, or need a refresher?

Drive 'n' Dive Tours is pleased to refer you to Surfers Paradise Dive&Cruise! 


** EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS**

 See below for more information.


Established in 1988, Surfers Paradise Dive&Cruise is the oldest dive operation currently running on the Gold Coast, and has been accredited by PADI as a Five Star Instructor Development Centre.

Customers of Drive 'n' Dive Tours will receive generous a discount on certification and refresher courses with Surfers Paradise Dive&Cruise, prior to travelling on our itineraries.

 
 

Open Water Diver
3 Days

Standard: $495 per person

Price to you: $396 per person

ALL INCLUSIVE - NO HIDDEN FEES

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE?


If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI® Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.


To  enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.



WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?


The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

1) Knowledge Development ( online, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving

2) Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills

3) Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!

You may be able to get Senior Secondary Certificate of Education credit for the Open Water Diver course.


HOW CAN YOU START LEARNING NOW?

You can start your learning now with  by enrolling online.  We start courses daily and should you select the Open Water eLearning option, your code will be emailed to you but you should also stop by our PADI dive shop to speak to a PADI Instructor about scheduling time for in-water training. Your instructor will also answer any questions you have along the way and check your progress to make sure you understand important scuba diving information.

WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL YOU USE?

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a tank. The equipment you wear varies, depending upon whether you’re  diving in tropical, temperate or cold water. Check with us about the gear you’ll use during this course and get advice about everything you need from your PADI Instructor.

 

Advanced Open Water Diver

3 days

Standard: $495 per person

Price to you: $396 per person

ALL INCLUSIVE - NO HIDDEN FEES

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE?

PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old are ready to step up and enroll in an Advanced Open Water Diver course. Young divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives – check with your PADI Instructor.


If you’re already an Adventure Diver, you only need to complete two more Adventure Dives to earn the Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?


You’ll plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from a long list of Adventure Dives. There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three, for a total of five dives.


During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving. The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time.


The other knowledge and skills you get vary with your interest and the adventures you have – photography, buoyancy control, fish identification, exploring wrecks and many more.

HOW CAN YOU START LEARNING NOW?


Sign up for Advanced Open Water Diver Online – PADI’s eLearning option – to get started immediately. The web based system lets you learn about seven of the most popular Adventures Dives – including the required Deep and Underwater Navigation Adventure Dives, plus Boat, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Naturalist and Wreck Adventure Dives. You study at your own pace through an easy to use, interactive program. You also have access to an online version of the Advanced Open Water Diver manual and can complete sections for other Adventure Dives as directed by your PADI Instructor.

You can also choose to read the Advanced Open Water Diver manual and watch the Advanced Open Water Diver video (a book and DVD package). Stop by our PADI Dive Center to enroll in the course, get your materials and start learning. Your PADI Instructor will meet with you to schedule knowledge review sessions along with your Adventure Dives.

WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL YOU USE?


Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a compass and dive knife or dive tool. You’ll also use specialized gear depending on the Adventure Dives you choose. For example, you’d obviously use a dry suit for the Dry Suit Adventure Dive or a sidemount configuration during the Side-mount Adventure Dive. Your PADI Instructor will explain the equipment that you need and may suggest additional gear, such as dive light for night diving or lift bag for search and recovery diving.

Visit our floating dive center to learn more about the gear you will need to start your adventures in the Advanced Open Water Diver course.

 

ReActivate™
1 Day

Standard: $195 per person

Price to you: $156 per person

ALL INCLUSIVE - NO HIDDEN FEES

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE?

Haven’t been scuba diving lately and wait a quick refresher? The ReActivate™ program is the perfect way to brush up on your knowledge and skills. Whether you want a few reminders or need to go over the basics, ReActivate™ is personalised for you: You conveniently review scuba concepts on your tablet, mobile dive or computer, then go diving with a PADI Professional. It’s quick and easy, and a good way to prepare for your next PADI course or get ready for a diving vacation. Plus, you get a ReActivate date on your replacement PADi certification card to show you’re ready for more underwater adventures. Any PADI Certified diver who wants refresher or pre-travel update should ReActivate™ date on your certification card because it means you’re ready to dive in.


If you want to learn more about diving in a new area or in different dive conditions, also ask about completing a Discover Local Diving experience at a local dive site.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?


You learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional. If you make an open water dive, you’ll practice a few more skills in shallow water to prepare for your adventure. Get ready to:

  • Go over the scuba equipment you use to dive and how easy it is to move around underwater with your gear.

  • Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater.

  • Learn key skills that you’ll use during every scuba dive.

  • Have fun swimming around and exploring.

  • Hear about becoming a certified diver through the PADI Open Water Diver course.


HOW CAN YOU START LEARNING NOW?

Contact your local PADI Dive Center or Resort to sign up for a Discover Scuba Diving program and get a Discover Scuba Diving Participant  Guide. Your Participant Guide explains the experience and lets you pre-study the safety rules and skill techniques your dive professional will review with you. You’ll also learn about opportunities to become part of the scuba community after you complete your underwater experience.


WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL YOU USE?


You’ll use basic scuba gear including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, BCD and a scuba tank. The exposure protection you need will depend on whether you dive in a pool, confined water or open water dive site. Your PADI Dive Center or Resort staff will explain other equipment you may need to ReActivate™.

 
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