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.

You can choose to do your training over four, five or six days, each with two in the pool at our five-star career development and dive training centre, followed by either two day trips or an overnight experience of one, two or three nights.

We offer courses in English, German, Japanese and Chinese (Korean on request), as well as eLearning in a variety of language options.


Choose from four to six days, with overnight and day trip only options available. Whatever your requirements, we've got a course to suit you!

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
  • Two - three outer reef locations per day
  • Meals while at sea
  • Transfers from Cairns city accommodation

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4 Day Budget Course
English only per person

4 Day Budget Course

Two days pool and theory, two day trips
PADI Open Water cert per person

4 Day 1 Night Course

Two days pool and theory, plus overnight trip on OceanQuest
from $835
PADI Open Water cert per person

5 Day 2 Night Course

Five day - includes 2 nights on OceanQuest
from $1035
PADI Open Water cert per person

6 Day 3 Night Open Water + Advanced Course

Six day - includes 3 nights on OceanQuest
from $1440
PADI Open Water & Advanced certs per person

Other languages available

German Every Monday
Chinese Every Wednesday
Japanese Every Saturday

​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. Fuel, Port, and Administration Charges $13.00.

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.