English and Diving

English and Diving

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Course Description

Learn to scuba dive while learning English on the English and Diving course at YouSTUDY International College, Cairns. You will become a certified PADI open water diver with expert instructors taking you step by step through the classroom requirements, pool training and open water diving. The diving course is 5 days long, and during this time you’ll spend 3 days and 2 nights living on board a boat out on the Great Barrier Reef. You will also take English lessons (equivalent to the Vacation English course) for the rest of the program, allowing you to improve your English skills and communicate more effectively during your time in Australia.

The Great Barrier Reef is the most famous diving destination in the world and is great place to learn to dive, with year-round warm water, minimal currents and great visibility. There is a maximum of 32 passengers on board your dive boat, and you have the same instructor and group for your 3-day live-aboard dive experience. There are 16 exclusive dive sites in 4 different locations and free Global Gossip Wireless Internet onboard.

Choose this program if

  • You want to learn to dive in one of the world’s most beautiful diving destinations
  • You would like to receive the internationally recognised PADI Open Water Diver Certificate
  • You wish to combine your diving experience with a high quality English language course

Your Classes

The diving course includes

  • Full classroom and pool training with expert instructors
  • Use of top quality diving equipment
  • 4 training dives and 4-5 pleasure dives
  • A night dive (weather permitting)
  • A PADI Gold Open Water Certificate
  • PADI Open Water Manual and Dive Log Book

Please note that students must bring their own swimsuit and towel each day.

Diving instruction is also available in English, Japanese or German.

The English classes include:

Our experienced teachers will provide high-quality communicative English classes focussed on improving your core listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, allowing your fluency, accuracy and confidence to rapidly improve.


  • Materials fees and enrolment fees
  • Accommodation and transfers
  • Additional Vacation or Intensive English lessons (can be booked as an add-on to this package)
  • Swimsuit and towel (student must bring their own)
  • Medical check ($85-90, to be completed upon arrival if required)
  • Government taxes and charges ($80, payable on arrival and may be subject to change; includes port departure tax, environmental management and administration charge)

Refund Policy Guarantee

Full refund of PADI Open Water Diving course available for any reason up to the end of Day 1, providing peace of mind if you are not comfortable.

Safety First!

You must also complete a self-assessed Student Diver Medical Declaration on arrival and be able to answer NO to the following questions:

  • Have you ever suffered from Epilepsy?
  • Have you ever suffered from Diabetes?
  • Have you ever suffered from Asthma?
  • Have you ever had a collapsed lung?
  • Have you ever suffered from anything which causes ‘spontaneous unconsciousness’?

If you answer YES to any of these questions, you must consult a medical practitioner to provide a certi­ficate indicating you are fi­t to dive.

Sample Itinerary

Week 1

  • Monday – Testing and orientation
  • Tuesday – English lessons
  • Wednesday – English lessons
  • Thursday – Diving course
  • Friday – Diving course
  • Saturday – Diving course
  • Sunday – Diving course

Week 2

  • Monday – Diving course
  • Tuesday – English lessons
  • Wednesday – English lessons
  • Thursday – English lessons
  • Friday – English lessons

Classes may be offered in mornings and/or afternoons and will depend on the schedules offered in the school during your period of study This program is not available to Student Visa holders.

English and Diving

Course Facts

Start Dates
Every Monday (or Tuesday if Monday is a Public Holiday)
Package Length
2 weeks + additional English tuition as booked)
English Class Size
Average 12, Maximum 15
English Entry Level
Elementary – Advanced
Number of English Lessons
Equivalent to Vacation English Program
Course length
10 or 12 weeks
Lesson Length
45 minutes
Minimum age
16 years old

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