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 (available languages listed below).
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. This will include one day in the covered, heated pool at our 5-Star PADI dive centre, and either two day trips or an overnight trip on the Great Barrier Reef.
Over the course of two day trips you’ll become a certified Open Water Diver amongst the flourishing coral reefs and diverse marine life of our exclusive Great Barrier Reef dive sites.
Please note that due to all the in-water skills lessons being completed in one day, participants need to expect a full day in the water (8 hours minimum). This may not be suitable for slower-paced learners, or people who need frequent breaks from physical activity. If a slower pace is needed, we recommend the 4 Day Open Water Course.
Includes all equipment and tuition. Prices valid to 31 March 2024. Price is per person and includes all applicable fees, taxes and levies.
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 heading back to your accommodation
8am: Board our dayboat ReefQuest
8.30am: Depart for the reef and Dive 1 briefing
10.15am: Dive 1
12 Noon: Lunch is served and Dive 2 briefing after
1pm: Dive 2
2.45pm: Transfer to the overnight boat if choosing the overnight option
3.30pm: 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
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
2.30pm: Transfer back to ReefQuest or if a Sunday, 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.
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For overnight option:
Bedding and bath towels are supplied on board. Excess baggage can be stored at our Draper Street office at check in.
OceanQuest has the following accommodation options:
Due to current social distancing regulations:
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) on our overnight trips and 2pm on our day trips.
“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!”