Complete your PADI Open Water Course with a 5 star PADI centre. The best news? This is all happens in Cairns, on the Great Barrier Reef, an icon for dive tourism worldwide. Your course includes two days at a scuba training school in Cairns city. Purpose built to make you feel very comfortable starting your new experience learning to dive. It features four classrooms and a training pool. The training pool has two shallow water areas and a 4m ‘deep’ section. This allows new divers to become comfortable with breathing underwater, before descending a little deeper to learn buoyancy and the functions of their dive equipment. Days three and four are spent on a liveaboard vessel where you will complete your ocean dive component of your training.
Courses start every Monday, Thursday or Saturday (split over two weekends)
Day 1 – Training Centre
9.00am pick-up from your city accommodation
Dive medical to AS 4005.1 (if required)
Lunch (not included)
Dive equipment selection Pool training
5.00pm return. (approximately)
Day 2 – Training Centre
9.00am pickup from your city accommodation
Lunch (not included)
5.00pm – Finish
* Please note on days one and two – meals, accommodation and Medical are not included. You will also at some point in the first 2 days be required to swim 200m and tread water for 10 minutes.
Day 3 – Depart for the Great Barrier Reef (Liveaboard Trip)
8am: Board day vessel (transfer vessel to OceanQuest Liveaboard)
Complete training dives 1 – 2 during the day
Enjoy a delicious lunch, then rest and relax while you are transferred to OceanQuest
Afternoon – Training dive 3
Time should be available for you to enjoy snorkelling on the reef
6.30pm: Dinner is served!
7.30pm: Enjoy our Sharks in the Dark experience as a snorkeller, or from on deck
10pm: Bar closes
The vessel will move to a new location early in the morning with a chance to see the sunrise.
9.15am: Dive briefing (Training Dive 4)
9.30am: Dive 4 – congratulations, you’re now an Open Water Diver!
11.15am: Dive 5 briefing
11.30am: Dive 5 (fun dive)
1pm: Lunch is served
1.30pm: OceanQuest begins the return trip to Cairns
4-4.30pm (approx): Arrival back in Cairns
On arrival in Cairns we will offer a complimentary luggage drop off to your hotel or our dive centre.
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