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I have been approached by one of our dept technicians who is heading out to Aus for 3 weeks at the end of march. He has just decided he would like to dive while he is out there. Because of the short time scale involved I suggested he do a PADI open water course. He is very short of time (and cash) before he goes so I suggested doing a course once over there rather than doing it here first (my first suggestion).

Does anyone know any good schools (or ones to avoid - PM me if necessary!!) in Townsville or Cairns? Also, how long does it take to get to OW? There seems to be options to do 4 or 5 day courses, do fast track courses still exist? - any experiences here? Is it better to get the theory done and then do a referral? Has anyone got an idea of cost too - is it cheaper to book onto a course once over there?

Any advice very gratefully received.

Paul
 

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Quote[/b] ]Cost should only be £250/£300 for OW
Only!! Jeez I am glad I learn and train through BSAC


Thanks for the info, and the school suggestion. I will pass on the hint about getting it booked first. I think he is keen to get the OW nailed and then try to get some dives on the Great BR. Will OW be enough to get him onto these sorts of dives?

Paul
 
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