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Liveaboard Dive Courses - Spirit of Freedom

Further your scuba education by taking a PADI dive course during your stay on board Spirit of Freedom! Learn new skills and gain new confidence while you explore the spectacular Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea under the supervision of our expert instructors. Liveaboard dive courses maximise your time. 


If you haven’t been diving for a while, or have not dived within the last 12 months, a Scuba Refresher Dive Course will get you back up to speed.  Local PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, Dives Den, offers morning Scuba Refresher Course pool sessions that will help you re-familiarise yourself with scuba equipment and practise your skills.

Please note dive course participants must complete a medical questionnaire before departure. Depending on your answers, a dive medical may be required.

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course

If you are a PADI Open Water Diver (or equivalent qualification) you can complete your PADI Advanced Course while on board Spirit of Freedom. This liveaboard dive course covers five areas of scuba diving skill and is designed to introduce you to different types of diving and dive conditions, increasing your skill, knowledge and comfort level. On Spirit of Freedom the dives as part of the Advanced course may depend on weather, location and your interests.

The theory component is conducted using self-study, requiring completion of a written Knowledge Review and discussion with your Dive Instructor. If you’d rather not use your time on board studying, you can purchase an Adventures in Diving manual from your local PADI dive centre and complete the relevant knowledge reviews. You must bring your completed knowledge reviews with you.

The practical dive application consists of a pre-dive briefing, a dive on which you will conduct underwater tasks and a post-dive briefing.

Cost - $285 per person

Includes PADI PIC.

You will need to provide a digital photo

Scuba Diver explores Great Barrier Reef

PADI Enriched Air Diver Course (Nitrox Diving)

This liveaboard dive course is designed to introduce any diver who has a minimum of 20 dives to diving on Nitrox or Enriched Air. The air we breathe normally is comprised of approximately 21% oxygen and 79% nitrogen. ‘Nitrox’ is simply a gas blend with a higher percentage of oxygen, and consequently a decreased nitrogen content.

The Nitrox on board Spirit of Freedom is comprised of approximately 32% oxygen and 68% nitrogen, made using a membrane filter system. By reducing the nitrogen content in the gas we breathe, we may be able to decrease nitrogen loading and extend no decompression limits in some depth ranges. The course has both a theory component and a practical dive component.

The theory is conducted using self-study requiring completion of a written Knowledge Review following a video presentation and use of the Nitrox Manual. Your dive instructor will also be available for discussion and to assist with any questions where you need assistance. The practical dive application will consist of a pre-dive briefing, 2 dives planning, analysing and diving with Nitrox, and a post-dive briefing.

Cost - $280 per person

Includes PADI PIC, digital materials (PDF, online access), and all dives on Nitrox for the remainder of your trip.

You will need to provide a digital photo

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PADI Minke Whale Awareness Specialty

Curious to learn more about the beautiful Minke Whales? Why not add the PADI Minke Whale Awareness Specialty to your liveaboard trip. You'll discover all there is to know about dwarf Minke whales, including their biology, how to recognise them by their markings, and how they act, from our team of diving specialists. You'll learn about the challenges and risks facing their populations across the world as well as the conservation measures being done to keep them safe.

You will learn the significance of the laws and oversight procedures that control how humans engage with these amazing animals throughout this Minke whale speciality. By the conclusion, you will be familiar with how to arrange and carry out interactions with Minkes such that everyone is secure.

Two open water training dives are included in the course, along with knowledge growth. The speciality may be added to your booking for only $200 at the time of checkout.


From beginner  to instructor, Divers Den offers learn to dive courses from their purpose build diver training centre in Cairns. Learn more about Cairns learn to dive course or professional dive courses for PADI Dive Master & PADI Instructor Courses.