Four Day PADI Open Water Course (Day Trips)


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.

At the end of two day trips you’ll have completed four open water dives, and be a certified PADI Open Water Diver! That’s when the real fun begins…

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.


Four days


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

Course Outline:

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

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

4 Day PADI Open Water Course with Two Day Trips

Cost per person

​Includes all equipment and tuition. Prices valid to 31 March 2025. Price is per person and includes all applicable fees, taxes and levies. Locals discount not valid for optional extras.


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 2

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.

Days 3 & 4

Day Trips (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. After your fourth open water dive you’ll be a certified diver – congratulations!

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

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)
  • 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

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.

Queensland’s code of practice on diving states that for a single no decompression dive, you should not fly/go to altitude for at least 12 hours, or 24 hours if divers have had multiple dives per day for several consecutive days, or have made dives that require decompression stops.

Altitude is defined as 300m/1000ft above sea level. This includes going to the Atherton Tablelands (a popular local scenic attraction), so please be aware if booking tours to follow your dive trip. Under normal circumstances, you should be out of the water from your last dive of the day at 2 pm.



“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