Dive Courses

Whether you’re a total beginner, a newly certified scuba diver, or you’re looking to move up through the advanced and professional levels of recreational diving, we have a PADI course to suit you. And there’s no better place to get your diving certification than with Australia’s leading training centre, based at Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

Our Cairns dive school is one of just a few in the country to hold Five-Star PADI Career Development Centre status. This classification is your guarantee that our centre has met the highest standard of requirements for training dive leaders and preparing them for employment. We provide the full range of diving education programs and are committed to high quality training and excellence in dive experiences.

Since our school formed over 40 years ago, we’ve certified more than 150,000 people, one of the highest rates of certification in the world! We conduct all levels of PADI courses in English, Japanese, German and Chinese, with Korean on request.

Our pool is purpose built for scuba training, with two shallow areas and a 3m deep section – it’s the only covered and heated pool of its type in Cairns. There are also four classrooms dedicated to professional instructor development.

Divers Den operates a fleet of multi-million dollar dive vessels. From Cairns, our day trip vessel and our liveaboard vessel OceanQuest have access to 20 private and exclusive moorings, showcasing the very best of the outer Great Barrier Reef.

Our modern vessels are purpose built for snorkel and dive adventures to bring you the best of the outer Great Barrier Reef. Our instructors are friendly, passionate, experienced and professional, so you’ll be learning from the best!

Find out more about learning to scuba dive – or if you need more reasons to choose Divers Den for your scuba training, you can find them here. You can view all our courses on this page, or click on the links below to filter courses by skill level (beginner, advanced or professional).

Wondering if you can scuba dive? Check our Can I Dive page for medical and other info.

Courses we offer

Scuba Kids PADI dive program
From $168

Scuba Kids (8 Years +)

Try scuba diving for the first time in our pool and enjoy fun underwater games!

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Learn to Dive Cairns
From $945

PADI Open Water Diver Courses

Learn to dive on the Great Barrier Reef with our range of course options

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Divers Den Eco Centre Flag
From $1,025

PADI Eco Open Water Courses

Learn to dive on the Great Barrier Reef with our range of course options

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PADI Open Water Course Dive Student
From $945

Four Day PADI Open Water Course (Day Trips)

Get your Open Water cert with this quick, affordable option - two days in the pool, and two day trips to the outer reef

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OceanQuest Liveaboard Dive Vessel Cairns
From $945

Four Day, One Night PADI Open Water Course

Let us introduce you to a new underwater world, finishing your certification with an overnight dive trip

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Dive Students on the Great Barrier Reef with Divers Den Cairns
From $1,230

Five Day, Two Night PADI Open Water Course

Our most popular learn to dive course, with 6 extra 'fun dives' and a guided night dive from our liveaboard vessel

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Cairns Scuba Diving Lessons
From $1,695

Six Day, Three Night PADI Open Water & Advanced Course

Get your Open Water and Advanced Open Water certification in one unforgettable trip, with three nights on the reef

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Learn to Scuba Dive Great Barrier Reef
From $810

PADI eLearning Open Water Course

Start your Open Water Dive Course online with PADI, then complete your practical training with us

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Cairns Scuba Diving
From $845

PADI Open Water Diver Referral Courses

Let's finish what you started - if you've already completed your pool and theory sessions, head straight to the reef with us

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Dive Students Cairns Advanced Open Water Course
From $1,020

PADI Advanced Open Water Courses

Already Open Water certified? Take the next step with our day trip and overnight Advanced course options

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PADI Open Water Dive Course Cairns
From $160

Scuba Refresher Course

If it's been a while between dives, our friendly team can get you back up to speed with a refresher session

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Self Reliant Diver Training Course
From $585

PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty

Sharpen your skills and become a better diver with this specialty course

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Nitrox Scuba Divers exploring the Great Barrier Reef
From $250

PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Course

Gain your PADI Nitrox certification and enjoy the benefits enriched air can provide you as a diver

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Snorkel with Minke whales Cairns

PADI Dwarf Minke Whale Awareness Distinctive Specialty

Learn to dive and snorkel safely with dwarf Minke whales - an amazing experience!

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PADI Rescue Diver Course Cairns
From $1,070

PADI Rescue Diver Course

Gain confidence in your dive skills and become a better buddy with this fun and extremely handy course

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Cairns Divemaster Training Program - pool skills

Divemaster Training Program

Join this 30-day training program and gain valuable experience on your way to becoming a Divemaster

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PADI Divemaster Course

Start your PADI professional training with Divers Den and make diving your career!

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Instructor Training Program

Kick-start your career in the dive industry with on-the-job training and real life experience

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