Learn to Dive (Open Water) Course
|An Open Water course usually runs
over 4-5 days. It can be done in 3 but we do not advise it, as it
is very rushed and you really want to enjoy the course at your own
|Once qualified you will have a
license for life, that will enable you to dive with other certified
divers down to a depth of no more than 18m during the day. If you
want to learn about night diving, deeper diving or other sorts of
environments, you need to continue on to the Advanced Course. More
|The first 2 days are generally
your classroom and confined water sessions where you learn the basic
theory, and and all the skills necessary to dive safely.
|You then have 4 open water qualifying
dives run over 2 days. If you are on a tight budget, or don't have
the time, you can do a 4 day course which offers 2 day trips for
the open water dives (2 dives per day).
|If you have little more time and
would also like to have some fun dives with your classmates or friends,
then we strongly suggest doing a live aboard dive course which is
normally 5 days, but can be as long as you like. Some even stay
on board to complete their Advanced
|In a 5 day open water course, after
your 2 land days, you will transfer out to a live aboard dive boat
and dive your first 2 training dives. This leaves the rest of the
day to snorkel, sunbake, or just relax on the boat.
|Day 4 will be your 2 remaining
dives, so by lunchtime you are qualified!
|In the afternoon you will be able
to go off for a fun dive with your classmates, and in the evening
partake in a night dive with your instructor.
|The last day usually allows for
3 fun dives before returning back to Cairns. So a 5 day live aboard
dive course usually gives you 9 dives!
|To take an Open Water Dive Course
here in Queensland you need to be at least 12 years old, be able
to swim 200m, and tread water for 10 mins
|You will also need to fill out
Questionnaire prior to starting your course. The purpose
of this is to find out if you should be examined by your doctor
before participating in entry-level recreational diving certificate
training. A positive response to a question does not necessarily
disqualify you from diving. A positive response means that there
is a pre-existing condition that may affect your safety while diving
and you must seek the advice of a medical practitioner, preferably
with experience in diving medicine, prior to engaging in dive activities.
If you do need to get a dive medical done, or would like one anyway,
it does need to be to Australian Standards and generally the school
(or we can) organizes this for you as part of the course. This costs
around $65. If you suffer from asthma, are on any medication, or
have any other medical conditions that concern you then please check
with us, or the school, first to avoid disappointment.
|Please note that you should wait
24 hours before flying after diving, so please make sure you leave
enough time in your schedule.
|Budget 4 day course
| 5 day Live aboard course (3 day 2 night overnight trip)
OPEN WATER COURSE REFERRALS
|Short on time? You may like to
take your classroom and confined water (pool) sessions before you
come to Australia. This means once completed you are able to complete
just your 4 training dives as either 2 day trips or on a overnight
|If you do need to get a dive medical
done locally to Australian Standards ($65) then we can help arrange
this. Just bring your referral papers with you and don't waste precious
days of your trip! Contact
us for prices.