PADI Open Water Course – 5 Day 2 Night

from $1100 AUD

About your Open Water Dive Course

If you have the time then completing your learn to dive course in Cairns over 5 days offers you the opportunity to complete up to 5 fun dives over and above your training dives. With Cairns the gateway to the world famous Great Barrier Reef this course offers you the experience of 2 nights staying on the reef.

Your vessel OceanQuest is a three-deck, 35m catamaran purpose built with a spacious dive deck, large open sundecks and hot, fresh water showers. All delicious meals are prepared by onboard chef, including hearty breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Enjoy a well-deserved dessert treat after your day in the water!


  • PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre
  • 2 Days of quality training at at a state of art facility and dive instructors
  • 3 Day 2 Night Liveaboard trip – Double/Twin-Share cabins (all with unsuits)
  • Day and Nights dives on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Range of courses from beginner to dive instructor

Availability – Courses start every Monday

Duration – Five days

Course Outline – 2 days pool & theory, 3 days / 2 nights on board our overnight vessel OceanQuest

Diving Details

All training dives are completed on a 3 Day 2 Night Liveaboard trip on the Great Barrier Reef. Dive sites take in Norman Reef, Hastings Reef and Saxon Reefs with a number of exclusive locations.

There are so many benefits to completing your dive courses on a liveaboard over day trips but here are the main reasons.

  • Dive program allows for additional fun dives to so you can practise your new underwater skills helping you build your confidence
  • Experiencing a night dive for the first time
  • Dive program offers you early morning dives, midday dives, late afternoon and night dives so you will get to see the Great Barrier Reef over a 24 hour cycle
  • Make new friends
  • Opportunity to complete additional courses and speciality dives
  • Visit a number of different dive locations over the three days – Dive Coral Gardens, Swim Throughs, Large bommies of coral, wall dives and drift dives

Exclusive to this liveaboard itinerary is their “Sharks in the Dark dive experience”.  Witness a variety of reef sharks on your after dinner scuba dive, or if you prefer, watch them from the comfort of our vessel as they pass through the soft light. You’ll be enthralled as these inquisitive and friendly creatures swim near our overnight vessel.

Course Inclusions

  • All PADI materials
  • All dive and snorkel equipment, including air fills, and full tuition
  • Fresh chilled water, tea and coffee
  • Two outer reef locations per day
  • Meals while at sea
  • Transfers from Cairns city accommodation


  • Snacks (choc, chips etc)
  • Dive Guide ($15 per dive)
  • Photo purchases
  • Digital Camera Hire
  • Souvenirs
  • Drinks (Soft drinks, Alcohol)
  • Fully licensed bar onboard
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Course
  • PADI Enriched Air "Nitrox" Course


Option Price
Cabin - Twin Share $1100
Cabin - Double $1160

Full Itinerary

Day One – Pool & Theory

9am: Pick up from your Cairns city accommodation

Morning: 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

5.15pm: Tread water test

5.30pm: Drop off at Cairns city accommodation


Day Two 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.

5.30pm: Drop off at Cairns city accommodation


Day Three – Great Barrier Reef (Overnight)

7.30-8am: Pick up from your city accommodation (if booked)

8.30am: Set off from Cairns Marina on board our fast and modern transfer boat, for the 90-minute trip to the Outer Barrier Reef. Select your equipment and receive in depth safety briefings

10am: Arrive at the reef for your first intro dive

12pm: Enjoy lunch while we move to our second dive site

12:30pm: Second training dive

2.30pm: Transfer to OceanQuest and settle into your cabin

3.30pm: Third training dive

6pm: Dinner is served

6.30pm: Enjoy Sharks in the Dark, one of our unique liveaboard experiences, or simply chill out

8pm: Dessert

10pm: Bar closes


Day Four – Great Barrier Reef (Overnight)

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 Five – 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.


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).
Minimum age 10 (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) When enrolling in an entry-level recreational diving certificate you must complete the following self-assessed medical declaration forms before starting your training. The forms are similar and both are a Queensland code of practice requirement. Medical Declaration for Entry Level Divers Diver Medical – Participant Questionnaire Medical certificate if required Ability to pass a 200m swim and 10 minute treading water test
More than 24 hours before course/trip commencement date: No Charge Within 24 hours of course/trip commencement: Full course/trip Open Water Courses DAY 1: Failed Medicals will receive a full refund*. Cancellation for any other reason incurs an AUD$160 cancellation fee. DAY 2 – AUD$230 cancellation fee. AFTER DAY 2 – No refund will be given.
Divers Den is proud to be a COVID Safe business and the health of our passengers and staff is very important to us. Please read the Queensland vaccination requirements on our COVID safety page carefully. To keep our passengers safe we are also following all current guidelines as set out by DAN (the Divers Alert Network) and PADI. In addition, everyone that rents a set of gear will receive “their” mouthpiece at the end of the day, and a new one will be put on the regulator for the next guest.
You can cancel the course on day 1 or 2 with a reduced fee that covers training time and materials.

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