Introductory Diving

Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is for you. Rum Runner offers this course during all tours. While not a scuba certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.

You must be at least 10 years old. No prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but you need to be in reasonable physical health. You learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of our PADI Instructor. We will provide all the basic scuba gear you’ll use including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device, dive gauges and a tank.

Breathing underwater for the first time is thrilling, especially at the Great Barrier Reef, so what are you waiting for!

Introductory diving starts from $120.00 per person

PADI 3 Day Open Water Diver Course - Become PADI Certified

If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with Rum Runner’s PADI Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Hundreds of our guests have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.

To start in a PADI Open Water Diver course, you must be 12 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required. Maximum of only 3 or 4 students per course.

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1 Day Academics and Pool Training

You will complete the academics in the morning session with our Instructor. Or PADI's Online Training program is designed so that you can learn the academics at your own pace when it is convenient for you before you arrive. (Fully flexible training - Starts Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and by appointment)


In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a tank.

Pool Training

In the afternoon, when you're fitted with your scuba equipment we can begin your pool training. Your instructor will put into practice the techniques you learned in the academics program. Your training dives will be logged and approved by your instructor before you move on to open water.

2 Day / 1 Night Open Water Training

Get ready to experience everything you've learned with the freedom of open water during your 2 Day GBR tour. As soon as your open water training dives are approved by your instructor you will be a certified diver. PADI Open Water Diver certification is recognized worldwide so your diving experiences will be limitless.

Course Cost $660.00 per person (less $100 if you complete PADI’s eLearning)

Includes 2 Day / 1 Night GBR tour, 5 scuba dives (4 training dives plus 1 certified dive), PADI Manual, Dive Tables, and Certification Fee.

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course

This course is available on all trips to the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. As an Open Water certified scuba diver you’ve already experienced the thrill of exploring parts of the underwater world, but know there’s more to discover. Whether you’re looking for new dive adventures, to improve your scuba skills, or both at once, taking PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course will help you gain more confidence and meet more dive buddies.

In the course, there’s a long list of scuba specialty dives to try. On Rum Runner we prefer Fish identification, boat diving, underwater naturalist, night diving, deep diver and underwater navigator for you to choose from. You do five different dives all under the expert guidance of our PADI Instructor. No formal classroom session, just a lot of diving. You can start learning online before you arrive with PADI eLearning , or we can do everything during your trip.

Course Cost $220.00 per person plus Tour Cost (less $100 if you complete PADI’s eLearning)
Includes 5 Adventure dives plus all extra certified diving, PADI Manual, Slate and Certification Fee.


Detailed trip itineraries, availability, enquiries and online booking specials can all be found via our secure booking system.
* Friday departures might not always be available online either due to demand or other Charter Scheduling. If bookings are full you can still make waiting list bookings for any trip.

OR Call or e-mail Reservations
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The Vessel
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We make no apologies for what Rum Runner is… a 20m Motor Sailing Schooner, built in 1984, and with a nearly indestructible fiberglass hull. The vessel will accommodate up to 16 guests in multi share twin single bunk areas, semi-private twin single bunk cabins, and a 4-share single bunk cabin. She is the equivalent of a mutli share hostel, just on water.

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This is our most booked tour!! The 2 Day / 1 Night Great Barrier Reef tour for both Snorkelers and Certified Divers. Of the 150 tours we operate per year, this is 80% of all our departures. You get to spend over 24 hours at the Great Barrier Reef! That's 2 full days and 1 night aboard Rum Runner, Returns Cairns next day approximately 3.00pm

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Diving in this section of the Coral Sea is a great experience for both new and experienced adventurous divers. This trip visits Holmes Reef, a reef system lying some 90 miles outside the Great Barrier Reef. Due to its isolation the reef has incredible visibility abundant sharks and large pelagic fish life.

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