beginner + advanced


Learn to Scuba Dive

From $395.00 Duration: 3 Days (approx.) Location: Hollywell, QLD

Help to make the world a better place. See the ocean with your own eyes and start showcasing the beauty of our underwater world.  Learn to scuba dive with PADI and inspire your family and friends to follow your lead. You are the future ocean.

What does this qualification allow me to do?
  • Dive in open waters up to 18m depth
  • Internationally recognised PADI certification
  • Continue your education and become a PADI Pro


Course Summary
  • 3 day dive course with all dives from boats
  • Small classes
  • All dive gear hire included
  • PADI eLearning included
  • Free gear hire for 1 month once you are certified
  • Course options, starting at $395p



Standard Midweek Dive Course – from $395pp
  • Wednesday to Friday
  • Starts on any Wednesday with a pool training session
  • Complete your course on the following 2 days  i.e. Thursday and Friday (weather depending)
  • Bring a friend to learn with you and get $100 off your course (each!)
  • Cost: $495pp if it is just yourself or $395pp if you book the course for 2 people at the same time


Available Course Upgrades

Several upgrades are available in combination with our standard dive course. Simply select any of the below upgrades during the online booking process.

  • WEEKEND COURSE UPGRADE – Commence your pool training on any Friday with Open Water Dives on the following Saturday and Sunday (+$200pp).
  • PART-TIME COURSE UPGRADE – Complete your course  part-time course rather than conducting your training over 3 consecutive days (+$100pp).
  • 4 DAY COURSE UPGRADE –  Add 2 additional ocean dives to your course (+$145pp).


Private Class + Boat for 2 People – $1995
  • Fully flexible one-on-one class for 2 divers at your terms and timing 
  • Email us beforehand to discuss details and dates


Basic Course Itinerary

You can start right now on your computer or tablet via the PADI Touch Tablet application.

You will conduct some self-study in your own time prior the pool training, watch short video clips and complete some quizzes and knowledge reviews. The online and touch applications are simple and guide you through the process.

Once complete you will book in for your 3 day practical training session with your PADI Instructor.

  • Day 1 / starts in our class room where will conduct a short theory quiz and run you through the schedule of the upcoming 3 days. We also look at diving equipment and will try on and prepare all your equipment needed for the course. The afternoon is spent at the Swimming Pool, where you practice basic scuba skills. This session will take between 4hours and 6hours depending on how much practice you require. There is no rush!  Times for pool sessions vary and may be in the afternoon rather than in the morning.
  • Day 2 / will have you conducting your first 2 Open Water Dives from our vessel Blue Manta 
  • Day 3 / will be your final day of the course where you conduct your final 2 Open Water Dives from our boat.


Where do we dive?
  • We conduct Pool Training in either Runaway Bay, Southport, Main Beach, Miami or Palm Beach depending on availability of the pool itself 
  • Your Open Water Dives are conducted from boats
  • Our Boat Dives are conducted at Gold Coast dive sites such as Wave Break Island, Palm Beach Reef, Migaloo Reef or the Scottish Prince Shipwreck.
  • We will always aim to dive offshore however, weather conditions and specific course logistics may restrict us in our choice of dive sites on a specific day.


Free gear hire for one month!

Once certified it is vital to keep diving immediately. We run dive trips on several days per week and we offer our students one month of free gear hire on our local reef+wreck dives. This allows you to keep diving at low cost whilst getting to know your dive equipment a bit better before buying your own.

Whilst you keep diving with us, you should also considering to upgrade your diving certification to the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and dive up to 30m deep. For more information about this course, simply scroll down.


PADI Open Water Course Prerequisites


Enrolment and Payment
  • Please email us beforehand to confirm session times and availability 
  • We require full payment at the time of enrolment which will give you access to the PADI eLearning or Touch Application
  • Remember that you have to complete your self-study prior to the practical session 
  • We suggest at least 2 weeks however, a keen student may finish the online portion within a few consecutive hours.


  • Travel costs and transfers between Pool and Dive Sites, ask us for a lift! 
  • Food and Drinks
  • Cost of Dive Medical if required

ReActivate Scuba Refresher

From $295.00 Duration: 4 Hours (approx.) Location: Main Beach or Southport

Haven’t been diving lately and want a quick scuba refresher? The PADI ReActivate™ program is the perfect way to update your dive skills and knowledge from the PADI Open Water Diver Course before jumping back into the water. Whether you want a few reminders or need to go over the basics, ReActivate is personalized for you: You conveniently review scuba concepts on your tablet, mobile device or computer, then go diving with a PADI Professional.

Any PADI certified diver who wants a refresher or pre-travel update should ReActivate. Dive shops appreciate seeing a recent ReActivate date on your certification card because it means you’re ready to dive in.

How this course works

Using ReActivate Touch (for tablets or mobile devices) or ReActivate Online (for your personal computer), you’ll immerse yourself in dive scenarios and make decisions that test your understanding of important dive safety concepts, dive planning essentials and problem management. Move through ReActivate at your own pace and delve deeper into topics when you need or want to.

This program is conducted in a swimming pool followed by an optional ocean dive. You will practice basic scuba skills for as long as you need to regain confidence.


What do you get
  • Access to the ReActivate touch application within 24h of booking,
  • Discuss any diving theory questions with a PADI Professional,
  • 2-3h one on one pool session with a PADI Professional,
  • A replacement certification card with your ReActivate date on it.


Diving Equipment

If you do not have your own equipment, you can hire it as part of this course on the checkout page.


Available Upgrades

(can be added during the online booking process)

  • Hire equipment,
  • Open Water double dive following your pool session
  • Hotel transfers



This session is typically available on weekends only however, limited weekdays are possible as well. Simply email us beforehand to confirm dates and availability. We also offer hotel transfers within the 4217 post code area.

Advanced Open Water Diver

From $495.00 Duration: 2 Days (approx.) Location: Hollywell

Becoming a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver is not really a course, it is an adventure program designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The course helps building confidence and expands your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives (5+1 in total) including a deep dive to 30m.

This 2-3 day program starts with prior online learning in your own time, followed by 5+1 ocean dives. Upon completion, you will earn the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Qualification.

This course can commence almost every Thursday or Saturday and can be completed over the following 2 days with an additional day scheduled as agreed.



Depending on the trip schedule on a specific weekend and weather conditions, we will complete your course at several sites such as:

  • Wave Break Island
  • 80 Foot Reef (Deep Dive – 28m)
  • Scottish Prince Shipwreck
  • Greta’s Reef
  • Migaloo Reef
  • Mermaid Reef
  • Palm Beach Reef

Further to these sites, we have back-up options in case waether is against us such as Wave Break Island or a drift dive along the Gold Coast Seaway South Wall.



Once enrolled, we will email you your online learning access details within 24h of your booking. The coursework can be completed in 3-5hours continues study but we recommend to spread it out over a few days. There is no exam however, quizzes and knowledge reviews need to be completed for each chapter.

Day 1 – Double Boat Dive 6:30am to 1pm

  • Boat Adventure Dive
  • Underwater Naturalist Adventure Dive

Day 2 – Double Boat Dive

  • Navigation Adventure Dive
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy or Fish ID Dive

Day 3 – Single or Double Boat Dive

  • Deep Adventure Dive

*) The above is a guide only and is subject to change due to whether conditions and trip logistics.


  • PADI Online Learning
  • 5 Training Dives
  • Snacks and hot soup on surface intervals
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Certification


  • Transfers between accommodation
  • Diving equipment other than tanks and weights (cheap hire options available on booking page)



Our budget midweek course option is $495pp all inklusive. To conduct the course on weekend day, the cost increased to $695pp.


From $645.00 Duration: 2 Days (approx.) Location: Runaway Bay, QLD

Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed.

During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature. Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning. Commencement dates are flexible. Email us beforehand to discuss.

What will you learn?

The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques. Through knowledge development and rescue exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond. During rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills. Topics include:

  • Self rescue
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers


How does the course work?
  • You can start right now by enrolling which will give you your PADI eLearning login.
  • The course is conducted over 2 days which do not need to be consecutive days.
  • The course is conducted in both, swimming pool and the ocean


Where do I dive?
  • The rescue skill practice can be conducted in a swimming pool on the Gold Coast
  • The Open Water session will conducted at the Gold Coast Seaway or Wave Break Island or offshore depending with our trip schedule on any particular day.


What is the basic Itinerary of the course?
  • Enrol in your course and receive the online learning access pass or hard copy manual with DVD.
  • Complete all knowledge reviews and agree on training dates with your instructors
  • Day 1 will be in a swimming pool to learn and practice rescue skills
  • Day 2 will be in the ocean where you put all your learnings into practice with real life rescue scenarios.


Where from here once I am certified?
  • Once certified it is vital to keep diving. The Scuba Coach runs dive trips nearly every weekend which will give you the opportunity to build up your confidence and to stay in touch with your instructor.
  • Browse our trips on our Facebook page.


Course Prerequisites
  • Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent
  • Have a current CPR and First Aid certificate at time of certification.


  • PADI Rescue certification card
  • PADI course materials
  • Pool entries
  • Tanks and weights for training dives
  • Boat charter fees


  • Food and Drinks
  • Equipment Hire other than tanks and weights
  • First Aid and CPR Certificate


From $495 Duration: 3 days (approx.) Location: Ashmore, QLD

This 2.5 days AIDA Open Water Freediving Course runs almost every weekend and will certify you to dive safely up to 20m of depth. Gold Coast Dive Adventures has partnered with the amazing team of Freediving Gold Coast, the largest and only freediving school on the Gold Coast that operates their own vessel.

How does this course work?

The course commences on Friday night with a solid theory session followed by 2 days of pool and ocean diving. You will learn the safety concepts of freediving along with the techniques to maximise your breath holding capability. All ocean dives are conducted offshore, off the Gold Coast from boats.


You need to be at least 18 years old and of reasonable fitness and health. If you answer YES to any question of the medical questionnaire, you may need to obtain a dive medical beforehand. Download Medical Form Here.


You will obtain the internationally recognised AIDA 2 Ocean Diver certification.

Freediving Equipment

All equipment needed can be hired at reasonable flat rates for the duration of the course. We recommend to purchase at least a mask and freediving fins. Email us for special offers.


This course is available on most weekends. Email us to check availability.


From $1,495.00 Duration: 90 Days (approx.) Location: Runaway Bay, QLD

The PADI Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you’ll fine-tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems. You’ll gain dive knowledge, management and supervision abilities so you become a role model to divers everywhere.

As a Divemaster Trainee with us, you will help us running our boat dives ex Runaway Bay Marina and assist on shore dives. You will ensure that all divers are having a safe and enjoyable trip by acting as either a Dive Supervisor, In-Water Dive Guide, Surface Watch, Instructor Assistant and Deck Hand in strict compliance with The Scuba Coach’s Work Health and Safety Manual and PADI Standards. Our experienced Instructors will provide you all the support and couching you need.

We operate under a best industry practice Quality Management System. Therefore, you will learn the business of diving the way it should be. We do not short-cut this course so you should not be under any time pressure.


What will you learn?

The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, waterskills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba diving activities. Topics and practical workshops include:

  • The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster
  • Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
  • Diver safety and risk management
  • Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills
  • Business of diving and your career
  • Awareness of the dive environment
  • Dive setup and management
  • Mapping an open water site
  • Conducting dive briefings
  • Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
  • Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course
  • Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs


What do you need to enrol?
  • Be a friendly and healthy person with a professional attitude, capable to act as a role model,
  • Be a qualified PADI Rescue Diver
  • Have at least 40 logged dives,
  • Possess current Oxygen Provider Certificate,
  • Possess current First Aid and CPR Certificate,
  • Have knowledge of local dive sites (not essential),
  • Be ideally based on the Gold Coast (not essential).


What do I get?

You will become part of the extended Scuba Coach family, receive high quality and customised training, receive discounts on all our products and most importantly dive with us for FREE even after you are certified (conditions apply). The training will be part-time and run over a few months with a few days work per month. We do not like to rush this course. At the end you will be certified as a PADI Divemaster.


Cost, Booking and Payment
  • 75% of the cost is payable at time of enrolment (non-refundable)
  • The remaining 25% can be paid over time but prior to the final theory exam
  • Please email us prior to making a booking to have a chat


What’s excluded
  • Any prerequisite diving certifications up to Rescue Diver
  • PADI Membership Fees (once certified)
  • PADI Insurance once certified
  • Dive Gear except for tanks and weights
  • Travel costs to and from dive departure locations
  • Selected dive trips may attract an additional charter fee (discounted) however it is not essential to participate in these type of dives.


Terms and Conditions

This course price is highly competitive and assumes that you are not on a tight schedule. We provide this discounted course as we require you to help us running our dive trips during your internship. If you are after a course in as fast as possible fashion, then we are not the right dive shop for you OR a surcharge of $485 applies.


From $495.00 Duration: 2-3 Days (approx.) Location: Runaway Bay, QLD

Diving to depths of 40 metres (120 feet) is exciting, simple as that! The thrill of descending a wall or dropping down the anchor line to a wreck or to search for a deep water species is a thrill. The PADI Deep Diver Speciality teaches divers to have confidence at these depths, the safety involved and the management of gas supplies, buddy procedures and buoyancy control.


To begin the Deep Speciality, divers have to be 15 years or older and holding at least an adventure diver qualification.

Deep Dive Theory

A recommended study time of 24 hours is usual for a deep speciality due to the potential dangers that depth can have on the body and mind. Oxygen toxicity and panic are examples of many issues that can occur at depth. Self-study and research is beneficial before starting the course, a genuine interest will always benefit a diver taking a speciality course.

The classroom sessions are aimed at allowing the prospective student to gain knowledge and practice dive theory principles that make deep-diving both safe and fun. Additional planning, equipment considerations and information about the benefits of diving at depth are all covered in the classroom and subsequently tested in the knowledge reviews.

The classes combine visual, written and vocal practices which aim to bring out the best in each individual. You may be able to get college credit for the Deep Speciality, and besides, the course may credit as an adventure dive towards your advanced open water certification.

4 Deep Training Dives

The diving sessions are where the course comes into its own. During the days out on the boat, you’ll complete 4 deep speciality dives to a maximum depth of 40 metres under the direct supervision of a PADI speciality instructor. Your first 2 dives will be in the range of 18-30 metres while the latter 2 will descend to 40 metres. Additional techniques learned will be how to set up a drop tank, deploy a DSMB (delayed surface marker buoy) and practising how to plan and dive with a computer for additional safety and ease. The instructor will conduct various colour and mental underwater tests to assess your reactions to nitrogen narcosis.

If you want to not only dive deeper but also be safer at the same time, the PADI Deep Diving Specialty Course is the way forward for you. At Gold Coast Dive Adventures, we dive offshore at our local reefs and wrecks. We have some impressive deep dive sites, some yet to be nick-named perhaps by you! Your training dive are likely to be part of exploration dives on our latest new dive sites.

Our deep dive specialty course includes;
  • Student materials
  • PADI certification card
  • Class room sessions
  • 4 offshore boat dives
  • Tanks and weights or air-fills
  • Use of pony bottle equipment 
What’s not included but required;
  • Surface Marker Buoy and Reel 
  • Dive gear 
  • Torch 
  • Knife 

If you require any specific equipment for deep diving such as your own pony bottle, reels or other gear, please ask us for course specials. We are likely to beat any competitors price in combination with the course booking.

Indicative Course Schedule

This deep diving course is delivered over 2-3 weekends with 2 dives per day. The timing is flexible. Please email us beforehand to discuss your options. Otherwise simply book online now and commence on our next scheduled advanced dive charter trip.

  • Course Price – $495.00 (min 2 students)
  • Single person – $545.00
  • Gear Hire if required – $45 (flat fee)

Got any questions? Email us!

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