Australia: Great Barrier Reef PADI Beginner Open Water Dive Course

Day 2: Pool & Theory

9am: Check in at our Dive Centre at 319 Draper Street, Cairns. Meet your instructor, complete paperwork and begin dive theory.

Lunch is not included, but you can bring a packed lunch or there are plenty of places to eat nearby.

Afternoon: Begin your scuba skills training in the pool and complete your tread water test, finishing at approximately 5.30pm.

Day 2: Pool & Theory

9am: Pick up from Cairns city accommodation

Morning: Continue scuba skills in the pool and complete 200m swim test. Don your wetsuit and equipment for more skills training.

Lunch is not included, but you can bring a packed lunch or there are plenty of places to eat nearby.

Afternoon: Finish and review scuba theory, finish with a multiple choice exam.

Days 3 & 4

Day Trips (Outer Reef) 8am: Check in and board AquaQuest at Cairns Marlin Marina for your day trip to the Great Barrier Reef

8.30am: Set off on a 90 minute cruise to the outer reef, receive a briefing, then gear up and do your first training dive

12pm: Fuel up with a hearty lunch

12.30pm: Hit the water for your second dive to refine your skills, and practise your snorkelling skills at the reef’s beautiful shallow cays. After your fourth open water dive you’ll be a certified diver – congratulations!

2.30pm: Cruise back to Cairns, arriving at approximately 4.30pm

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. You’ll get all the top class tuition offered over two days of pool and classroom training at our Cairns learn to dive facility, as well as two memorable day trips to the Great Barrier Reef. These day trips are the perfect place to enhance your skills at two stunning reef sites with colourful and abundant marine wildlife.

At the end of two day trips you’ll have completed four open water dives, and be a certified PADI Open Water Diver! That’s when the real fun begins…

  • 2 days pool & theory
  • 2 day trips to the Great Barrier Reef


  • All PADI materials
  • All dive and snorkel equipment, including air fills, and full tuition
  • Fresh chilled water, tea and coffee
  • 2 Outer Reef day trips
  • Transfers from Cairns accommodation

Not Included

  • Accommodation in Cairns
  • Snacks and beverages
  • Photo purchases
  • Digital camera hire
  • Quality souvenirs

  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Swimsuit and towel

  • Medical Declaration Forms must be signed before taking part in the dive course.

Budget PADI Beginner Open Water Dive Course

Adult( 17 - 99 ) From $1,037

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