Want to learn to dive in Cairns, the home of the Great Barrier Reef? The PADI Open Water Diver course is your first step in learning to dive and earning your first dive certification.
The PADI Open Water learn to dive certification takes you through scuba theory and principles, confined dives for basic training, then time out at the Great Barrier Reef to use your newfound skills as you explore the world beneath the water.
You’ll do your training over four days, with two days in the pool at our five-star career development and dive training centre, followed by either two day trips or a two-night weekend stay on board our liveaboard vessel OceanQuest.
Includes all equipment and tuition. Prices valid from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. Taxes/Levies are per person, per day (subject to change without notice). Fee includes: Environmental Management Charge (EMC) $7. Fuel, Port, and Administration Charges $13.00. Locals discount not valid for optional extras.
9am: Check in at our dive centre, located at 319 Draper Street in Cairns, for your first day of pool and theory training.
5pm (approx): Finish for the day
9am: Check in at our dive centre for your second pool and theory day. Please remember to bring your luggage with you for your overnight trip
5pm: Finish training for the day, shower and change
5.30pm: Depart dive centre
6pm: Board OceanQuest at Trinity Wharf
7pm: Dinner service starts
8pm: Trip briefing and meet the crew. A complimentary drink will be offered and your instructor will review your paperwork and schedule.
10pm: Bar closes
2am (approx): Vessel departs for a slow cruise to the outer reef
Rise and shine – you’re on the Great Barrier Reef!
8am: Sit down to a full cooked breakfast
8.45am: Dive 1 briefing
9am: Dive 1
10.45am: Dive 2 briefing
11am: Dive 2
1pm: Enjoy a delicious lunch, then rest and relax while we move to a new location
2.45pm: Dive 3 briefing
3pm: Dive 3
6.30pm: Dinner is served!
7.30pm: Enjoy our Sharks in the Dark experience as a snorkeller, or from on deck
10pm: Bar closes
The vessel will move to a new location early in the morning with a chance to see the sunrise.
8.30am: Breakfast time! Fuel up – today you’ll become a certified Open Water Diver!
9.15am: Dive 4 briefing
9.30am: Dive 4 – congratulations, you’re now an Open Water Diver!
11.15am: Dive 5 briefing
11.30am: Dive 5 (fun dive)
1pm: Lunch is served
1.30pm: OceanQuest begins the return trip to Cairns
4-4.30pm (approx): Arrival back in Cairns
On arrival in Cairns we will offer a complimentary luggage drop off to your hotel or our dive centre.
OceanQuest has the following accommodation options:
Due to current social distancing regulations:
For day trip option:
For liveaboard option:
Bedding and bath towels are supplied on board. Excess baggage can be stored at our Draper Street office at check in.
All scuba participants must meet medical questionnaire requirements. Some conditions or medications may prevent you from 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) on our overnight trips and 2pm on our day trips.
“Awesome, guys! I took my open water PADI diving course with Divers Den, being one day theory, one day pool training, and 3 days/2 nights at their liveaboard boat OceanQuest. Our instructor was amazing. All the crew at OceanQuest were great, and the dives (and all help and service at the boat) were terrific. I would recommend, and I would definitely come back.”