PADI eLearning Open Water Course

Overview

The online PADI Open Water course offered through Divers Den is a convenient way to learn to dive. Learn the theory and lay the foundation for your practical learn to dive training on the Great Barrier Reef!

You’ll complete the academic part of the PADI Open Water Diver course through online learning in your own time, and in your own language (Click ‘Other Languages Available’ below to see all language options).

Sign up on the PADI website and make your way through the course material. This includes interactive presentations, video, audio, graphics and reading, along with short quizzes to gauge your progress. The eLearning portion takes around 12-15 hours to complete.

Once you’ve finished your online PADI course, you can book your practical training at the Great Barrier Reef with us.

Choose from courses with day trips, or multi-night stays on our liveaboard vessel OceanQuest. With both options you’ll become a certified Open Water Diver amongst the flourishing coral reefs and diverse marine life of our exclusive outer reef dive sites.

Duration:

12-15 hours of online learning, plus your preferred practical option

Availability:

Weekly

Course Outline:

Online knowledge development

Included:

  • Open Water Online (eLearning)
  • Certification card processing fee
  • eTraining log
  • eManual, eRDP (Recreational Dive Planner) Desktop
  • RDP Table (digital)
  • eRecord
  • Knowledge reviews, quizzes, exam and videos
  • Transfers from Cairns city accommodation

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PADI eLearning Course

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$220 + tax
Online only Paid directly to PADI

eLearning Practical: 2 Day Trips

Cairns locals save 20%! Use promo code LOCAL at checkout. Local ID required on check-in.
$520
3 Day Open Water Course

eLearning Practical: 2 Day, 2 Night Overnight Trip

Cairns locals save 20%! Use promo code LOCAL at checkout. Local ID required on check-in.
$735
Twin Cabin - double occupancy per person
$775
Double Cabin - double occupancy
$910
Twin Cabin - sole use
$959
Double Cabin - sole use

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​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.

Itinerary

1 Day Pool, 2 Day Trips

1 Day Pool, 2 Day 2 Night Overnight Trip

Friday

9am: Check in at our Dive Centre at 319 Draper St, Cairns for your day of pool and theory. Remember to bring your luggage for your overnight experience

5pm: Finish your training, shower and change before transferring to our liveaboard vessel OceanQuest

6pm: Board OceanQuest and settle into your cabin

7pm: Dinner is served

8pm: Introduction and trip briefing and meet the crew. A complimentary drink will be offered.

10pm: Bar closes

2am: Vessel departs Cairns for a slow cruise to the outer reef

Saturday

8am: Sit down to a full cooked breakfast

8.45am: Dive 1 briefing

9am: Dive 1

10.45am: Dive 2 briefing

11am: Dive 2

1pm: Enjoy a delicious lunch, then rest and relax while we move to a new location

2.45pm: Dive 3 briefing

3pm: Dive 3

6.30pm: Dinner is served!

7.30pm: Enjoy our Sharks in the Dark experience as a snorkeller, or from on deck

10pm: Bar closes

Sunday

The vessel will move to a new location early in the morning with a chance to see the sunrise.

8.30am: Breakfast time! Fuel up – today you’ll become a certified Open Water Diver!

9.15am: Dive 4 briefing

9.30am: Dive 4 – congratulations, you’re now an Open Water Diver!

11.15am: Dive 5 briefing

11.30am: Dive 5 (fun dive)

1pm: Lunch is served

1.30pm: OceanQuest begins the return trip to Cairns

4-4.30pm (approx): Arrival back in Cairns

On arrival in Cairns we will offer a complimentary luggage drop off to your hotel or our dive centre.

Additional info

Prerequisites and forms

  • Minimum age 10 (or 12 if completing Advanced Open Water)
  • 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

For overnight option:

  • 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.

Overnight Accommodation Options

OceanQuest has the following accommodation options:

  • 4 Double Cabins with a queen size bed and en suite bathroom (minimum 2 passengers)
  • 18 Twin Cabins each with two single beds and en suite bathroom

Due to current social distancing regulations:

  • Shared cabins are only available to guests in a travel bubble (travelling together)
  • A mandatory sole occupancy surcharge of 25% applies to solo travellers
  • The sole occupancy surcharge will be refunded if restrictions are lifted before departure

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) on our overnight trips and 2pm on our day trips.

Reviews

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“Had an absolute blast doing my Open Water and Advanced course on board OceanQuest – it was everything I dreamed it would be on the Great Barrier Reef. My incredible instructors were amazingly knowledgeable Everyone was so helpful and welcoming. Thanks so much, I will definitely be back again!”

– Alex

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