Australia: Great Barrier Reef PADI Open Water Dive Course for beginners

Day 1: Pool & Theory

  • 9am: Pick up from your Cairns city accommodation
  • Morning: Meet your instructor, complete paperwork and begin your PADI Open Water dive theory. Lunch is not included on pool days, but you can bring a packed lunch (there are kitchen facilities at our dive centre) or there are plenty of places to eat nearby.
  • Afternoon: Begin your scuba skills training in the pool
  • 5.15pm: Tread water test
  • 5.30pm: Drop off at Cairns city accommodation

Day 2: Pool & Theory

  • 9am: Pick up from Cairns city accommodation.
  • Morning: Continue developing your scuba skills in the pool and complete 200m swim test. Don your wetsuit and equipment for more skills training.
  • Afternoon: Finish and review scuba theory, finish with a multiple choice exam
  • 5.30pm: Drop off at Cairns city accommodation

Days 3: Great Barrier Reef (overnight)

  • 7.30am-8am: Pick up from Cairns city accommodation, check in at the dive centre and shuttle to Cairns Marlin Marina for your day trip
  • 8.30am: Set off for the reef! During your 90-minute cruise to the outer reef, your instructor will give you a full briefing.
  • 11.30am: Arrive at the reef
  • 12pm: Lunch is served
  • 1pm: Time for your first dive
  • 3pm: Second dive
  • 6pm: Relax, enjoy the views from on deck and sit down to a delicious dinner served by our on board chef.
  • 6.30pm: If conditions permit, you may have the chance to enjoy our exclusive Sharks in the Dark experience!
  • 8pm: Dessert
  • 10pm: Bar closes

Day 4: Great Barrier Reef

  • 7.30am: Kickstart your day with coffee on deck and a hot breakfast prepared by our chefs – this is going to be a big day!
  • 8.30am: Gear up for your final training dive on the reef. With a hand shake underwater, you’re officially a certified SCUBA diver with a worldwide recognised certification.
  • 10.30am: Put your new skills to practice with your first fun dive! Enjoy the sensation as you explore the undersea world in freedom.
  • 12.30pm: Celebrate with a delicious lunch
  • 3.30pm: Enjoy another fun dive on the outer reef
  • 6pm: Dinner
  • 6.30pm: If you’re feeling brave, it’s time to hop into the water for your first night dive!
  • 8pm: Dessert
  • 10pm: Bar closes

Day 5: Great Barrier Reef

With all the hard work behind you, today is all about fun dives!

After breakfast and two more dive sessions, it’s time for a final buffet lunch, and to pack your gear for the return trip to Cairns.

Arriving back in Cairns Marina around 4.30pm, we will shuttle you to any city accommodation, if necessary going via our dive centre to collect any stored luggage.

Learn to dive and get your PADI Open Water certification on the Great Barrier Reef with our range of Open Water Course options

There’s nowhere better than the Great Barrier Reef to learn to dive. If you want to complete your PADI Open Water Diver training in just four days, but also include an overnight experience, this dive course is designed for you.

Spend your first two days at our purpose-built, five-star dive training centre in Cairns, then develop your dive skills on a once in a lifetime overnight experience adventure on board our liveaboard vessel OceanQuest. Our world class instructors will make sure you’re thoroughly trained in theory and in the pool before you set out for the reef.

During your overnight trip, we choose amazing sites at the Saxon, Norman and Hastings reefs, so you’ll experience all the colourful treasures at these Cairns Great Barrier Reef dive locations as you gain valuable dive experience.

Spending the night at the Great Barrier Reef and waking to sunrise on the water, knowing you’re about to become a PADI certified diver is a thrill like no other! After you’ve completed all your training dives you’ll also have the chance to take your first ‘fun dive’ before returning to Cairns.

  • 5 Days / 2 Night accommodation included on board
  • 2 day pool & theory, 3 day / 2 night live aboard

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  • All required 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 on board OceanQuest
  • Transfers from Cairns city accommodation

Not Included

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

  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Overnight bag with changes of clothing, including warm clothing and socks for overnight wear
  • Toiletries
  • Reusable water bottle

  • Medical Declaration Forms must be signed before taking part in the dive course.
  • Solo passengers who book a twin cabin option will be paired in a room with another solo traveller.
  • Please advise of any dietary requirements at time of booking.

PADI Open Water Course (5 Day 2 Night Liveaboard)

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