Learn To Scuba Dive On The Great Barrier Reef: 4-Day PADI Open Water Dive Course - Cairns

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Take the opportunity to learn to dive while youre in Cairns! With classes limited to eight participants, led by professional and friendly instructors, youll learn to dive and earn an internationally recognized PADI certification on your 4-day PADI Open Water dive course. Hotel transfers are included each day, and your course is gradual and safe. Learn basic scuba skills in the classroom, a pool, and confined water dives, then explore the Great Barrier Reef on open-water dives. Once you have successfully completed your course, youll be a qualified PADI diver!

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Day 1: Cairns
After being picked up from your Cairns hotel, your first day is all about getting prepared to enter the water. Complete your medical checks and paperwork on site at 8am, then begin the day’s classroom and video sessions. If you don’t pass the medical/swimming check, you’ll receive a full refund on Day 1. After a break for lunch, join in the afternoon’s pool training session, then be returned to your hotel.

Day 2: Cairns
On the second day of your PADI Open Water Diver course, there are more classroom and video sessions in the morning, including completion of a small exam. After the lunch break, refine your skills in the training pool.

Day 3: Cairns -- Great Barrier Reef (L)
Today takes you out to the Great Barrier Reef on board the cruise vessel known as the Evolution. Visit two great dive sites to carry out a series of training skills in the open water environment, and then put your training to the test by completing two dives. While out on the water, enjoy a barbecue lunch on board the boat.

Day 4: Cairns -- Great Barrier Reef (L)
On the fourth day of your dive course, return to the Great Barrier Reef dive sites aboard the Evolution. On the completion of two dives, plus all the paperwork, your instructor will present you with your PADI Open Water scuba-diving license! Enjoy a barbecue lunch served on the boat, and in the evening celebrate your new diving status with dinner and drinks.

Inclusions for Learn To Scuba Dive On The Great Barrier Reef: 4-Day PADI Open Water Dive Course

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional diver
  • Two Full Evolution Outer Reef Tours with 4 Training Dives
  • PADI Open Water Manual
  • PADI Photo Certification Card
  • Two Passport Photos
  • PADI Diver Log Book
  • All Dive Equipment & Wetsuits

Exclusions for Learn To Scuba Dive On The Great Barrier Reef: 4-Day PADI Open Water Dive Course

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • The listed price does not include a AUD$40 per person levy surcharge, payable at the time of tour check-in. The levy surcharge is required by our local supplier and is not within our control.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Cairns
After being picked up from your Cairns hotel, your first day is all about getting prepared to enter the water. Complete your medical checks and paperwork on site at 8am, then begin the day’s classroom and video sessions. If you don’t pass the medical/swimming check, you’ll receive a full refund on Day 1. After a break for lunch, join in the afternoon’s pool training session, then be returned to your hotel.

Day 2: Cairns
On the second day of your PADI Open Water Diver course, there are more classroom and video sessions in the morning, including completion of a small exam. After the lunch break, refine your skills in the training pool.

Day 3: Cairns — Great Barrier Reef (L)
Today takes you out to the Great Barrier Reef on board the cruise vessel known as the Evolution Visit two great dive sites to carry out a series of training skills in the open water environment, and then put your training to the test by completing two dives. While out on the water, enjoy a barbecue lunch on board the boat.

Day 4: Cairns — Great Barrier Reef (L)
On the fourth day of your dive course, return to the Great Barrier Reef dive sites aboard the Evolution. On the completion of two dives, plus all the paperwork, your instructor will present you with your PADI Open Water scuba-diving license! Enjoy a barbecue lunch served on the boat, and in the evening celebrate your new diving status with dinner and drinks.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not recommended for participants with heart or other serious medical conditions

Not recommended for pregnant women

Diving within 48 hours of flying is not recommended. All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving. Some pre-existing medical conditions (e.g. asthma, heart conditions, etc.) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor

Minimum age is 12 years

Adult pricing applies to all travelers

Students must be able to complete a basic swimming and floating test to complete this course.

All students must complete a medical questionnaire before commencement of the course. If a medical issue is identified by the course instructor you may be required to obtain a full dive medical 400S.1 at your own expense from a local medical center. 

Students must be deemed fit by Dive Doctor before course commences. No asthma

Please bring sunscreen, hat, change of clothes, swimsuit and a towel and cash or credit card for on board payment/purchases (fares, soft drink, chocolates, underwater camera, T-shirts)

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • I booked a PADI Open water course, and it was awesome! So awesome that I added one extra day to pass the Adventure certification. The reef is amazing, the boat is huge and the crew nice and careful. Special thanks to Aaron, our kind, funny and really patient instructor!

  • Our diving tour with Down Under Dive Cairns was a lot of fun. With Aaron, we had a great teacher and diving instructor. 2 days of classroom and pool training first, 2 days of reef diving and practical exam second. The gear for the pool training was all right, not the newest but still functional. On board of the EVOLUTION the diving gear was perfect. We visited Norman Reef and Hastings Reef on our two days out there. Perfect places to practice diving and to enjoy the magnificent sea world of the GBR. The only thing you have to take into account when booking is that the boat is one of the biggest in the harbour and there are lots of tourists going with you to do some snorkeling or diving at the reef sites, so it can get busy on board or in the water.

  • Excellent scuba diving class! Will do the Advanced Open Water Diving Class next.

  • Amazing experience. Frankie was an amazing teacher and his passion was second to none, having a small group of up people to spend time with during the week all learning at the same pace made the time fly even faster. Experiencing the reef in such a way was just outstanding, and being able to snorkel too after diving made it even better. I am now definitely going to start doing a lot of diving! I would recommend this to anyone who is thinking about learning to dive - just do it and you won't regret it.

  • This is a great course for anyone interested in learning to scuba dive. I'm not sure about the other instructors but Francesco was an amazing teacher. Extremely knowledgeable, patient and throws in some jokes as well. There's a lot to learn but it is common sense so most people should find it easy. The 2 days out on the Great Barrier Reef were amazing. So many beautiful things to look at. On the last dive, a 3 foot sea turtle came up to me and looked me in the eyes... something I will never forget! Our group was able to fit in 2 dives as well as 2 snorkeling sessions when we weren't diving, per day. Wish I had more time and I would have done the extra 2 days of diving for the advanced course. Highly recommend and you can't ask for a better setting on learning to dive than the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Learning to Scuba dive at the great barrier reef was fantastic. Our instructor was good fun and very informative. Highly recommended.

  • Unreal. Best thing I did in Australia. If you can take the advanced course for the extra two days. I regret not planning to take it.

  • Frankie is my instructor for this course. He's so kind and outgoing. Lecture class wasn't boring because of him. We done a lot of skills in first two days and enjoy four dives at the reef. Plenty of food on the boat. SUPERB!! DELICIOUS!! and the guy in dreadlock is pretty funny, he keep entertain us until we back to the land. Awesome trip ever. WORTH to do it!! Maybe one day I'll back to Cairns and study Advanced course with them. From: Nitiwat Joe

  • Awesome experience! J. Wall, our instructor, was very patient with my wife who was struggling with one of the skills that we needed to learn in order to be certified. The company focuses very heavily upon safety and making sure everyone can take care of him/herself when diving. The open water dives were beautiful and amazing things were scene. IF you get seasick, make sure you prepare for that, as it takes at least an hour via boat to get to the different reef sights. My wife and I loved it. Thanks, J!

  • I had a really great time. In the beginning I was not so sure, because the Padi Open Water Licence is so cheap compared with other Diving Schools in Cairns. This is so, because they dont have an own boat, so you are with a lot of other people on the boat. It was quite a fast boat and it took us between 1 and 1,5 hours to the outer reef.

    The Instructor was qualified, funny and he was with us for the 4 days. You got free coffee, tea and cookies all the time + Lunch at the two Reef trips. In the class were 7 people. 6 of this 7 people were backpackers and we all had a really great time even after scuba diving ;)
    Even if I got sea sick on the first day, I would recommend this trip. Diving in the reef was incredible!!

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