Four Day, One Night PADI Open Water Course


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 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.


Date vary, check booking link below for our next available session


Four Days

Course Outline:

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

Medical Information:

All Open Water scuba participants must meet medical questionnaire requirements and some conditions or medications may prevent you from diving. Visit the Can I Dive page to see if you meet the requirements before booking.


  • 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 to Cairns accommodation

4 Day/1 Night Course

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4 Day/1 Night Course (Weekends)

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Other languages available

Japanese Every Wednesday

​Includes all equipment and tuition. Prices valid to 31 March 2024. Price is per person and includes all applicable fees, taxes and levies.


Day One

Pool & Theory

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 Two

Pool & Theory

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 Three

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

10pm: Bar closes

Day Four

Great Barrier Reef

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

8.30am: Third training dive.

10.30am: Complete your final training dive – you’re now a certified PADI Open Water Diver!

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 as a private instructor will be needed)
  • When enrolling in an entry-level recreational diving certificate you must complete the following self-assessed medical declaration forms before starting your training. The forms are similar and both are a Queensland code of practice requirement.

Medical Declaration for Entry Level Divers

Diver Medical – Participant Questionnaire

  • 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

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. These requirements can be found on our Can I Dive? page, and we strongly recommend reviewing before booking.

It is required by Queensland law that you must wait at least 24 hours after diving before going to altitude or flying – there is no guarantee that this requirement 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