PADI Open Water Diver Courses


Want to learn to dive in Cairns, the home of the Great Barrier Reef? The PADI Open Water Diver course is your first step in learning to dive and earning your first dive certification.

The PADI Open Water learn to dive certification takes you through scuba theory and principles, confined dives for basic training, then time out at the Great Barrier Reef to use your newfound skills as you explore the world beneath the water.

Course Options

You’ll do your training over four days. The first two days will be spent learning the theory and practising your skills in the classroom and pool at our five-star PADI career development and dive training centre.

This is followed by either two day trips, or an overnight stay on board our liveaboard vessel OceanQuest.

If you choose the day trip option, you’ll travel to the outer reef on board our day trip vessel AquaQuest on the Saturday, and on Sunday you’ll visit the stunning Frankland Islands and dive its pristine coral gardens.

4 Day Trip Course – Thursday Start

  • Thursday & Friday: Pool and theory
  • Saturday & Sunday: Complete your certification with two day trips to the Great Barrier Reef!

4 Day Trip Course – 2 Weekends

  • First Saturday & Sunday: Pool and theory
  • Following Saturday & Sunday: Day trips to the Great Barrier Reef

4 Day 1 Night Course – Monday start

  • Monday & Tuesday: Pool and theory
  • Wednesday & Thursday: Overnight trip to the Great Barrier Reef

We offer courses in English. Courses in German, Japanese and Chinese are currently only available on request and subject to instructor availability. PADI eLearning is also available in a variety of language options.




Four days, with overnight and day trip only options available

Course Outline:

2 days of pool & theory, plus your choice of Great Barrier Reef trips


  • All PADI materials
  • All dive and snorkel equipment, including air fills, and full tuition
  • Fresh chilled water, tea and coffee
  • Dive a variety of Great Barrier Reef dive sites
  • Meals while at sea
  • Transfers from Cairns city accommodation

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4 Day Open Water Course - Day Trips

Starts every Thursday
English only per person

4 Day Open Water Course - 2 Weekends

Starts every Saturday, split over 2 weekends
English only per person

4 Day 1 Night Course

Two days pool and theory, plus overnight trip on OceanQuest. Starts every Monday
Twin Cabin per person
Double Cabin per person

​Includes all equipment and tuition. Prices valid to 31 March 2022. Price is per person and includes all applicable fees, taxes and levies.

Additional info

Prerequisites and forms

  • Minimum age 10 (12 for advanced course). If the diver is under 12, we must be informed before the course starts, as a private instructor will be needed for the sea days.
  • Completed Self Assessed Medical Declaration
  • Medical certificate if required
  • Ability to pass a 200m swim and 10 minute treading water test

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.



“Awesome, guys! I took my open water PADI diving course with Divers Den, being one day theory, one day pool training, and 3 days/2 nights at their liveaboard boat OceanQuest. Our instructor was amazing. All the crew at OceanQuest were great, and the dives (and all help and service at the boat) were terrific. I would recommend, and I would definitely come back.”

– Moana

What to bring

For day trip option:

  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Swimsuit and towel

For liveaboard 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.