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Dive Review of Pro-Dive in
Australia/Cairns

Pro-Dive, Feb, 2006,

by Dennis Van Langen, VA, USA . Report 2363.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 20 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Lot's of good subjects. Conditions were very good, with excellant viz and nice, warm water. Plenty of light as I was in Oz during summer.
The marina in Cairns is incredible. Over 1,000 dive instructors go out each day!

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I was in Cairns for a little over 3 weeks at Pro_dive taking the Instructor Development Course (IDC) - PADI. My instructor, Alex van Welderen, was exceptional. I recommend Alex for anyone interested in pursuing their instructor cert, particularly if interested in diving the Great Barrier Reef. Learned a lot and was very comfortable with the teaching and tests given during the PADI Instructor Exam (IE)--despite the stress!
Only down-side of taking this training was that we were too busy to do any overnighter's on the reef. Most of our diving was pool for confined water training and then Frasier Island for final open water training. After passing the exam (whew!) I was able to dive with Tusa on the reef and found their boats to be a lot of fun.
After the IE, Alex took us to the Tablelands for altitude lake diving for specialty certs. This was fun, but not really comparable to the reef diving.
Overall I think Pro-Dive Cairns is a world class operation and would dive/train with them again.
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