4 Day PADI Open Water Dive Course

    Start your new life today, let SCUBA introduce you to all that is beautiful, its in our backyard! 4 days to learn to dive in Cairns including 2 days of classroom and pool training and 2 days on a live aboard boat doing training dives. If you are thinking about taking the plunge our 5 day PADI “Open Water” dive course is by far the most popular way to do it.

    Top of everyone’s bucket list; Learning to dive on the Great Barrier Reef! Take our 4 day PADI course from Cairns.

    Two days of theory and pool sessions plus the  2 days / 1 night Ocean Quest liveaboard Outer Reef trip. Cairns accommodation is required for nights one and two. Join us for 4 days to get your Open Water Certificate. 2 days of poolsand theory at our custom-built dive center and 2 days out on the stunning Great Barrier Reef.

    We partner with Divers Den who has been conducting PADI courses for over 40 years and have established itself as Cairns premier dive school. They have cairns only fully covered purpose-built dive pool that is heated to 32 degrees all year round as well as 6 modern air-conditioned classrooms with state of the art teaching facilities.

    All our day trip dive and snorkel sites are on The Great Barrier Reef’s Outer Reefs. These reefs (Norman, Saxon, and Hastings), all part of the larger Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, but also benefit from healthier waters, no freshwater runoff, strict access, and more of the typical tropical reef critters we all have come to love!

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      Day 1: Pool and theory in Cairns

      9am: Pick up from your Cairns city accommodation

      Morning: Meet your instructor, complete paperwork and begin your PADI Open Water dive theory. Lunch is not included on pool days, but you can bring a packed lunch (there are kitchen facilities at our dive centre) or there are plenty of places to eat nearby.

      Afternoon: Begin your scuba skills training in the pool

      5.15pm: Tread water test

      5.30pm: Drop off at Cairns city accommodation

      Day 2: Pool and theory in Cairns

      9am: Pick up from Cairns city accommodation.

      Morning: Continue developing your scuba skills in the pool and complete 200m swim test. Don your wetsuit and equipment for more skills training.

      Afternoon: Finish and review scuba theory, finish with a multiple choice exam

      5.30pm: Drop off at Cairns city accommodation

      Day 3: Great Barrier Reef Overnight

      7.30am-8am: Pick up from Cairns city accommodation, check in at the dive centre and shuttle to Cairns Marlin Marina for your day trip

      8.30am: Set off for the reef! During your 90-minute cruise to the outer reef, your instructor will give you a full briefing.

      11.30am: Arrive at the reef

      12pm: Lunch is served

      1pm: Time for your first dive

      3pm: Second dive

      6pm: Relax, enjoy the views from on deck and sit down to a delicious dinner served by our on board chef.

      6.30pm: If conditions permit, you may have the chance to enjoy our exclusive Sharks in the Dark experience!

      8pm: Dessert

      10.30pm: Bar closes

      Day 4: Great Barrier Reef

      7.30am: Wake up to sunrise on the reef – a magical sight! Enjoy a delicious hot breakfast.

      8.30am: Complete your final training dive – you’re now a certified PADI SCUBA diver!

      10.30am: If time permits you’ll be able to hit the water for your first ‘fun dive’.

      12pm: Checkout

      12.30pm: Lunch

      2.30pm: Board our transfer vessel and return to Cairns Marina and your accommodation.

      What To Bring
      Important Booking Info
      • Learn to dive at our purpose-built, five-star dive training centre in Cairns
      • Spending the night at the Great Barrier Reef, wake to sunrise on the water
      • Dive at Saxon, Norman and Hastings reefs on the Great Barrier Reef
      • Become a PADI certified diver

      Essential things to pack

      • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
      • Swimsuit and towel
      • Overnight bag with changes of clothing, including warm clothing and socks for overnight wear
      • Toiletries
      • Bedding and bath towels are supplied on board.
      • Excess baggage can be stored at our Draper Street office at check in.

      Important Booking Info

      • Minimum age 10 (if diver is under 12, we must be notified at time of booking)
      • Completed Self Assessed Medical Declaration- Medical certificate if required
      • Ability to pass a 200m swim and 10 minute treading water test
      Can I fly after diving?

      Currently the rules state that for a single no decompression dive, you should not fly/go to altitude for at least 12 hours, or 18 hours after multiple dives. Divers Den recommends waiting a minimum 24 hours whenever possible. These are guidelines only, there is no guarantee that these recommendations will prevent decompression sickness. There are no current guidelines regarding diving after flying.

      Altitude is defined as 300m/1000ft above sea level. Certain other tourist attractions around Cairns and Tropical North Queensland involve travelling to altitude. These include the Atherton Tablelands and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, so we recommend a gap between booking these experiences and any dive course or trip. Under normal circumstances, you should be out of the water on your last dive by 12pm (midday).


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