Four Day PADI Open Water Course

Overview

Want to learn to dive in Cairns, the home of the Great Barrier Reef? With world class instructors and a five-star dive school, this is a convenient and affordable PADI Open Water Diver course.

You’ll get all the top class tuition offered over two days of pool and classroom training at our Cairns learn to dive facility, as well as two memorable day trips to the Great Barrier Reef. These day trips are the perfect place to enhance your skills at two stunning reef sites with colourful and abundant marine wildlife.

Your first day trip will take you to the outer reef on board our purpose-built vessel AquaQuest. On your second day trip you’ll experience the pristine coral gardens at the Frankland Islands.

After your four certification dives, you generally also have time for an additional ‘fun dive’ (time permitting). Choose to complete your Cairns learn to dive course in the warm tropical waters and diverse surroundings of the Great Barrier Reef.

Choose to start your course on a Thursday and finish on Sunday, or split it over two consecutive weekends.

Prefer an overnight option? Check out our four day, one night Open Water Diver course, which includes an overnight stay on our liveaboard vessel OceanQuest.

Courses are conducted in English. Tuition in other languages (German, Japanese and Chinese) is available on request only.

Duration:

Four days (Thursday - Sunday or two weekends)

Availability:

Courses start every Thursday and Saturday

Course Outline:

Two days pool & theory, 2 day trips to the Great Barrier Reef

Included:

  • All PADI materials
  • All dive and snorkel equipment, including air fills, and full tuition
  • Fresh chilled water, tea and coffee
  • Outer Reef day trip
  • Frankland Islands day trip
  • Transfers from Cairns accommodation

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Four Day Open Water Course - Thursday Start

$715
Per person

Four Day Open Water Course - 2 Weekends

$715
Per person

​Includes all equipment and tuition. Prices valid from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. Price is per person and includes all applicable fees, taxes and levies.

Itinerary

Day 1

Pool & Theory

9am: Check in at our Dive Centre at 319 Draper Street, Cairns. 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 and complete your tread water test, finishing at approximately 5.30pm.

Day 1

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.

Day 3

Day Trip (Outer Reef)

8am: Check in and board AquaQuest at Cairns Marlin Marina for your day trip to the Great Barrier Reef

8.30am: Set off on a 90 minute cruise to the outer reef, receive a briefing, then gear up and do your first training dive

12pm: Fuel up with a hearty lunch

12.30pm: Hit the water for your second dive to refine your skills, and practise your snorkelling skills at the reef’s beautiful shallow cays

2.30pm: Cruise back to Cairns, arriving at approximately 4.30pm

Day 4

Day Trip (Frankland Islands)

6.55am: Coach transfers from Cairns CBD accommodation commence

8.30am: Boat departs Deeral. Cruise along the Mulgrave River, keeping an eye out for crocs! Morning tea is served en route to the island and you’ll also receive your briefing and equipment

9:30am: Arrive at Normanby Island in the Frankland Islands and gear up for your first dive

12pm: Lunch is served

In the afternoon you’ll complete your open water certification with a final dive!

2.30pm: Depart Normanby Island

3.30-4pm: Boat returns to Deeral

5-5.30pm: Coach returns to Cairns

Additional info

Prerequisites and forms

  • Minimum age 10 (If the diver is under 12, we must be informed before the course starts, as a private instructor will be needed for the sea days)
  • Completed Self Assessed Medical Declaration
  • Medical certificate if required
  • Ability to pass a 200m swim and 10 minute treading water test

Extras

  • Snacks and beverages
  • Photo purchases
  • Digital camera hire
  • Quality souvenirs

What to bring

  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Swimsuit and towel

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 around 2pm.

Reviews

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“We started our week knowing absolutely nothing about scuba diving and ended it as adventure divers! Our instructor was incredible! He was super knowledgable and able to answer all of our questions in great depth! He was very patient with all of the team and took the time to ensure every one had the opportunity to pass! We didn’t just get a scuba licence from him, we also got a friend!”

– Olivia