Yongala Dive


Yongala Dive provides an extensive range of PADI-certified scuba dive training courses


For anybody who wants to learn to dive and is aged 12 years and above, our 3-day Open Water Course is the perfect way to open up a whole new world!  You will learn the basics of scuba diving with one of their experienced PADI Dive Instructors.

They ensure you are trained to a high standard and are comfortable diving at the maximum depth recommended for your experience level (18 meters), so you are well-qualified for future dives. Once you have become a certified diver a whole new world of underwater adventures is open to you.

There is also a PADI Discover Scuba diving program for those who just want to try scuba diving without taking the full course.

What is the cost and what is included?
Course Duration: 3  days (self-study is a pre-requisite of this course to complete it in this time)


  • PADI Open Water Course Manual
  • 5 confined water pool dives
  • 4 open water dives – 2 shore dives, 2 on the Great Barrier Reef
  • excellent personalized dive instruction
  • equipment hire
  • certification fee and  log book

Course Dates: Run on request

An Australian Standard (AS4005.1) Dive Medical is required by law to learn to dive in Queensland. They suggest this medical is arranged prior to commencement. They can advise us on this.


To make training easier for the traveler, they can now split the advanced course into five separate dives called ‘adventure dives’. These can be conducted at different Dive Shops/locations if required and each counts towards your advanced certification. Dives are offered on the Yongala Wreck. Open Water Divers will be required to undertake the PADI ‘Deep’ Adventure dive as part of their first dive on the wreck

Dives include – Deep, Wreck, Multi-level, Boat, Fish ID, Underwater Naturalist, and Nitrox dives.


The PADI Advanced course is the next step after your basic training and helps to develop your existing skills. It’s not often you will be able to undertake these dives on a world-class dive site but they actually run 4 of the adventure dives on the S.S. YONGALA Wreck, so you can experience this wonderful dive whilst continuing your dive training. The navigation dive will be completed at an alternative site. Courses must be arranged in advance.

Includes: PADI Adventure manual and certification, 5 adventure dives (4 conducted on the Yongala Wreck)

What is the cost and what is included?
Course Duration: 2-3 days


  • PADI Adventure manual
  • 4 adventure dives, 2 days diving on the S.S.Yongala wreck
  • 1 navigation adventure dive
  • excellent personalized dive instruction
  • equipment hire
  • certification fee


This course is highly recommended to all scuba divers to give them the confidence and new skills to handle many situations which could occur during diving. This is recommended for all divers and you will also have some serious fun while learning with this course! With a bonus thrown in, your open water dives will be conducted on the S.S.YONGALA Wreck, What better place to practice your skills?

Includes: PADI Rescue Manual and certification, 2 days classroom theory and pool work, 2 days diving on the Yongala Wreck

Cost: $650 (plus $19 reef tax and mooring fees) – takes 3 days;

  • Self-study – you read the PADI Rescue Manual and complete the theory including knowledge reviews in your own time.
  • 1 day – Pool/theory session – re-enforce your knowledge, complete the exam, and watch the Rescue DVD then pop down to the pool to learn the skills you have watched on the DVD
  • 1-day diving – at a local Open Water Site – completing scenarios 1-3 with your Instructor
  • 1-day diving – on the S.S.YONGALA Wreck – completing scenarios 2-4 with your Instructor

Note: a current First Aid Certificate is required for this certification. If you do not have one they can arrange this at a cost of $100


Considering becoming a Dive Professional? Well, this is where you acquire the knowledge and skills to become a diver leader and supervise dive activities. This course includes classroom, pool, ocean, and dive shop training – you will also become involved in assisting their Dive Instructors with the training of their students.

Why not undertake this as an internship over 3 months and you will finish your training and be readily ‘employable’?

How often do you take on new Divemaster trainees..?
They accept new trainees approximately every two to three months, it’s best to call or email us early with your interest in this offer to plan for the future. Taking your Divemaster course with Yongala Dive is a heavy sort after the experience.

How long will it take and what’s covered in the cost..?
Option 1 – pay for the course – Cost: $1250

Option 2 – gain experience while working for 2 to 3 months at Yongala Dive. You will alternate with another Yongala divemaster trainee; one day you will assist instructors while diving the S.S. Yongala wreck, and the next day working at the dive center & dive lodge.  This way you will be well-rounded.


If you have a PADI Open Water Diver certification and are a traveling diver then you can start.

Most divers visit and do just 2 dives on the SS Yongala. They comment “if I knew the diving was going to be this good, I would have planned 4 dives over 2 days instead.” The main problem is they have forward bookings so cannot extend. Don’t be one of these people! (Book Ahead). The main benefit of taking this package is you leave with extra qualifications which will benefit you in the future and it doesn’t cost much more.

You will leave as a PADI Adventure and Enriched air specialty diver meaning you will be able to dive nitrox anywhere in the world (see below why nitrox is so good here). If you make 2 more adventure dives you can become a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver.

What is the cost and what is included in the package?
Course Duration: 2 days plus self-study


  • 4 Dives over 2 days on the SS Yongala Shipwreck
  • PADI Advanced + Enriched Air (Nitrox) Manual
  • PADI Adventure Diver Certification
  • PADI Enriched Air (nitrox) Specialty Diver Certification

1 or 2 Nights Accommodation (additional cost if required)

Course Dates: run on request