PADI eLearning Open Water Course


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 a range of itinerary options, from 3-day courses with day trips only, or multi-night stays on our liveaboard vessel OceanQuest.


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

Course Outline:

Online knowledge development


  • 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

Book your Courses Now

PADI eLearning Course

Choose your preferred language below
$220 + tax
Online only Paid directly to PADI

eLearning Practical: 3 Day Trips

1 Day Pool & 2 Day Trips
3 Day Open Water Course

Other languages available

PADI eLearning - English
PADI eLearning - German
PADI eLearning - Japanese
PADI eLearning - Italian
PADI eLearning - French
PADI eLearning - Spanish
PADI eLearning - Chinese

​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.

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


  • 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 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!”

– Alex