Four day, one night PADI Open Water Dive Course


This course is currently unavailable.

There’s nowhere better than the Great Barrier Reef to learn to dive. If you want to complete your PADI Open Water Diver training in just four days, but also include an overnight experience, this dive course is designed for you.

Spend your first two days at our purpose-built, five-star dive training centre in Cairns, then develop your dive skills on a once in a lifetime overnight experience adventure on board our liveaboard vessel OceanQuest. Our world class instructors will make sure you’re thoroughly trained in theory and in the pool before you set out for the reef.

During your overnight trip, we choose amazing sites at the Saxon, Norman and Hastings reefs, so you’ll experience all the colourful treasures at these Cairns Great Barrier Reef dive locations as you gain valuable dive experience.

Spending the night at the Great Barrier Reef and waking to sunrise on the water, knowing you’re about to become a PADI certified diver is a thrill like no other! After you’ve completed all your training dives you’ll also have the chance to take your first ‘fun dive’ before returning to Cairns.


Four Days

Course Outline:

2 day pool & theory, 2 day / 1 night liveaboard


  • All required PADI materials
  • All dive and snorkel equipment, including air fills, and full tuition
  • Fresh chilled water, tea and coffee
  • Two - three outer reef locations per day
  • Meals on board OceanQuest
  • Transfers from Cairns city accommodation

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PADI Open Water cert
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Other languages available

German Every Monday
Chinese Every Wednesday
Japanese Every Saturday

​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) $7.00. Fuel, Port, and Administration Charges $13.00.


Day One

Pool & Theory

9am: Pick up from your Cairns city accommodation

Morning: Meet your instructor, complete paperwork and begin dive theory. Lunch is not included, but you can bring a packed lunch 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 Two

Pool & Theory

9am: Pick up from Cairns city accommodation

Morning: Continue scuba skills in the pool and complete 200m swim test. Don your wetsuit and equipment for more skills training. Lunch is not included, but you can bring a packed lunch or there are plenty of places to eat nearby.

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

5.30pm: Drop off at Cairns city accommodation

Day Three

Great Barrier Reef (overnight)

7.30am: 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 on board our transfer vessel SeaQuest. During your 90-minute cruise to the outer reef, your instructor will give you a full briefing.

Morning: After arriving at the reef you’ll gear up, conduct safety briefings and take the first of your first open water training dives.

12pm: Enjoy a buffet lunch, then get ready for your second training dive.

2.30pm: Transfer onto OceanQuest, your accommodation for the night, and settle into your room.

3.30pm: Time for your third training dive.

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

Great Barrier Reef

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

Additional info

Prerequisites and forms

  • 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


  • Snacks and beverages
  • Photo purchases
  • Digital camera hire
  • Quality souvenirs
  • Northern beaches transfers $25pp

What to bring

  • 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.

Medical and altitude information

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).



“Thanks to the amazing team at Divers Den for expertly guiding me through my Open Water Dive Course! My instructors were brilliant and I felt safe and capable throughout. My first dive as a certified diver was an amazing experience and I can’t wait for many more!”

– Kate