Open Water Dive Course Options

Divers Den O/W Course

5 day over night (Monday start) or 4 day budget courses – Thursday start (or over 2 weekends)

Offering both 5 day budget courses, and a variety of over night options, Divers Den is one of the most established PADI dive schools in Cairns.

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  • 26 - Pax
  • 9 - Dives
  • 2 - Nights

Pro Dive Cairns O/W Course

Commencing Monday to Saturdays only.

If you are thinking about taking the plunge the 5 day PADI “Open Water” dive course is by far the most popular way to do it. The adventure of learning to dive as well as staying out on the reef for 3 days and 2 nights on one of Cairns’ premium live aboard vessels is quite unique.

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  • 48 - Pax
  • 8 - Dives
  • 2, 3 - Nights

Reef Encounter SSI O/W Course

Short on time but need a world recognised Open Water dive licence? Then this is for you. Study theory at your convenience, then spend  3 days and 2 nights on one of Cairns’ premium live aboard vessels.

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Open Water Courses Info

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 a Medical Questionnaire to make sure you have no conditions that may prevent you from diving*.

Courses are generally run in English, but on certain days they are also run in German, Japanese, and Korean.

An Open Water course consists of 2 days classroom theory and confined water (pool) practice, before you take your 4 open water training dives to become certified.

There are a few options you can choose for your PADI Open Water dive course.

4 Day Budget Open Water Dive Course
If you’re on a budget, you don’t have much time, the Budget 4 Day Course is for you. Participating in this course doesn’t involve staying overnight at the reef. Instead, your first two days will be spent attending classroom and pool lessons, and the third and fourth days will be spent on board a day trip boat, which takes you back to town at the end of each day. This option does not come with accommodation.

5 Day PADI Open Water Certification
This is the most popular choice, and includes a 3 day 2 night trip after your 2 days pool and classroom. Get upto 9 dives – 4 training and 5 fun dives (including a night dive with your instructor).

If you only have four days to spare, but want to experience an overnight trip, then the 4 day 1 night option enables you to obtain the same Open Water Certification. The difference being that after your 2 days pool and classroom you will spend just 2 days and 1 night diving the reef, experiencing a total of up tp 6 dives.

Open Water Course Referral
You may choose to take your theory and confined water part of the course at home before coming to Cairns. That way you only need to do your 4 training dives. These can be done as day trips or on the over night boat.

*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. If you have any concerns we suggest you get a dive medical done locally (must meet Australian Standards) before you can dive. This costs around $70.