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Learn to Scuba Dive on the Great Barrier Reef: 4-Day PADI Open Water Dive Course

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Take the opportunity to learn to dive while you’re in Cairns! With classes limited to eight participants, led by professional and friendly instructors, you’ll 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, you’ll be a qualified PADI diver!
  • Official course for PADI Open Water Dive Certification
  • Four guided scuba dives along the Great Barrier Reef
  • Hassle-free daily transfers from your Cairns hotel
  • Small-group classes of up to eight participants
What to Expect
The PADI open water course is the leading certification course for scuba divers and suitable for complete beginners. During your 4-day training course, spend the first two days learning the theory with classroom lessons and practice basic scuba diving skills, safety drills, and correct ascending and descending techniques during training sessions in a swimming pool. Once you are fully prepared, put your skills to the test in the open waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy two full-day cruises, each including two guided scuba dives—four dives in all—and experience the underwater wonders of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your instructor will be with you every step of the way to ensure that you stay safe and maximize your chances of spotting marine life, such as tropical fish, reef sharks, stingrays, and sea turtles. Both cruises include a delicious barbecue buffet lunch served on board. Upon completion of the course, you will receive your PADI Open Water Dive Certificate, which allows you to scuba dive up to a depth of 60 feet (18 meters), join certified dive tours, rent diving equipment, and take part in advanced PADI diving courses.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Cairns hotels
Departure Time
8:00 AM
4 days
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 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
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • 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.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for participants with heart or other serious medical conditions
  • 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
  • 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)
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 24 July 2019

Went for the PADI open waters dive with Ryan as my instructor and I couldn’t recommend booking with this company more! Ryan was really patient and understanding and the people on the boat were so friendly and helpful, I had an amazing experience and can’t...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Jet07277980376, Manager at Down Under Cruise & Dive, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2019

Hi there, Thank you for your great review! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your PADI open waters dive course with us and that you had a great time learning with Ryan and the boat crew! We'll definitely pass on this feedback to...More

Reviewed 22 July 2019 via mobile

I had a terrific expierence with this course. It's perfect to make your first steps in scuba-diving, as well as probably the best way to enjoy the great barrier reef. I had a small group, consisting of 5 people. Our instructor, Ryan, was very nice...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank feursste
Jet07277980376, Manager at Down Under Cruise & Dive, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2019

Thanks so much for your review. We will definitely pass your feedback onto Ryan! So glad to hear you had such a great time diving the Great Barrier Reef and we hope to see you again in the future.

Reviewed 8 May 2019 via mobile

Perfect organization and crew , thanks to our great instructor Ryan. A great and recommendable experience.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank langjo
Reviewed 1 May 2019 via mobile

I shopped around for the PADI OW and am glad I went with down under. Thorough and knowledgable instructor (Ryan). Fundamentals are drilled. Good value. In comparison to ProDive, the instruction is more personal. ProDive has larger class sizes and is more of a turn-the-crank...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 16 April 2019 via mobile

Had a great time on the reef Ryan our instructer was exellent and would always go out of his way to help . Would highly recommend for anyone looking for a fairly cheap but quality way to get your padi on the best boat!!

Date of experience: April 2019
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