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. 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.


12-15 hours of online learning, plus 3-day practical course


Tuesday and Friday

Course Outline:

Online knowledge development, 1 day in the pool plus either 2 day trips or an overnight trip


  • 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 Open Water Course (3 Day/1 Night Liveaboard)

per person from
Twin Cabin
Double Cabin

PADI eLearning Open Water Course (4 Day/2 Night Liveaboard)

per person from
Twin Cabin
Double Cabin

eLearning Practical: 2 Day Trips

per person from
Course + 2 Day Trips

PADI eLearning Course

Click 'Other Languages Available' below for more options
$220 + tax
Online only Paid directly to PADI

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 to 31 March 2023. Price is per person and includes all applicable fees, taxes and levies.


1 Day Pool, 2 Day 2 Night Overnight Trip

Overnight schedule – Day 1:

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

Day 2:

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

Day 3:

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.

Additional info

Prerequisites and forms

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

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.



“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