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’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.
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.
Includes all equipment and tuition. Prices valid to 31 March 2022. Price is per person and includes all applicable fees, taxes and levies.
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.”
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Bedding and bath towels are supplied on board. Excess baggage can be stored at our Draper Street office at check in.