Cairns 4 Day PADI Open Water Dive Course

E-Learning and 3 day Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard

Cairns PADI Open Water is sanctioned by PADI and is conducted at the Cairns PADI diver training centre. Cairns Dive Centre staff are all dedicated, long serving experts with great communication skills developed through years of interaction with and training of diving students and hundreds of dives on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.


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  • 9 Dives
    (4 training dives and 5 pleasure dives - inc one night dive)
  • Padi Gold Open Water Certification?
  • PADI Open Water manual
  • Dive log book
  • 2 Passport photos?


Rates - 2024/25

4 Day E-Learning Dive Course


Taxes & Charges* $90 - Included in price

Total Price $1220

Rates until 31st March 2025, per person and in Australian Dollars

Deposit only required

Courses commence Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and include the 3 day Great Barrier Reef dive liveaboard.

Time to Enjoy the Experience

Your course includes 9 dives on some of the best dive sites the Outer Great Barrier Reef has to offer as well as plenty of time to snorkel, relax and really enjoy the underwater reef experience. The Pro Dive Cairns Dive Centre is unmatched for experience and value.

Also available at the PADI Cairns Dive Centre are the PADI Referral Open Water Course, PADI Refresher Course, PADI Rescue Course and PADI Advanced course.

Here is a breakdown of the divesites that may be visited on this dive liveaboard:

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Dive boat

Medical Requirements

  • Compulsory Student Diver Medical Declaration: Prior to commencing your Open Water Dive Course you must complete the self assessment Student Diver Medical Declarationarrowright. A positive response to any question means that there is a pre-existing condition that may affect your safety while diving and you must consult a medical practitioner preferably with experience in diving medicine to obtain a dive medical certificate that states that you are fit to undertake recreational diver training. To avoid disappointment we suggest that you complete the Student Diver Medical Declaration and if necessary obtain a dive medical from a doctor prior to commencement. (Any costs involved are payable directly to the doctor).
  • Important Note: Once completed the Student Diver Medical Declaration and Dive Medical (if required) is valid for 90 days.
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Courses Commence

  • English: Daily except Sunday
  • German: Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Japanese: Thursdays
  • The four-day course consists of three parts:

    • After you book, you will receive login instructions for the online PADI eLearning Open Water Course theory. These modules and quizzes must be completed before you arrive in Cairns and start your practical training.
    • One day of practical training at the Cairns Training Centre.
    • Three-days and two-nights on an Outer Great Barrier Reef liveaboard trip.

    Your practical training is completed at Cairns Training Centre. Centrally located in Cairns city, the training centre features two heated four-metre deep diver training pools. You'll be learning in comfort and safety with our qualified PADI instructors. After your day at the training centre, it's time to head out to The Great Barrier Reef for a three-day, two-night liveaboard adventure to become a certified diver.

    On The Great Barrier Reef, you will have the opportunity to participate in up to nine dives. The first four dives are training dives, which will complete your PADI Open Water Certification. After these are completed, you can enjoy five recreational dives, one of which is an exciting night dive guided by your dive instructor. With small student numbers, this is a highly personalised certification course.

    Inclusions - On Land

    • 2 x passport photos needed for certification
    • All stationery requirements needed for classroom activities.
    • Dive insurance
    • PADI Gold Open Water Certificate on completion
    • Accommodation transfers daily (city and Northern Beaches)
    • All dive and snorkelling equipment (use of prescription mask if necessary)
    • PADI Open Water Manual. (Available in English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Swedish and Japanese).

    Inclusions - At Sea

    • 2 nights twin share accommodation on board vessel
    • All meals whilst on board
    • Bed linen - (no towel included)
    • All dive and snorkelling equipment (including Dive Computer and Long leg wetsuit)
    • Use of prescription mask if necessary
    • All Government charges and taxes
    • Log Book

    * You should book well in advance if you require particular dates or if you would prefer a double cabin. Most of the cabins are twin share (2 bunks) only two have queen size beds. You can look forward to seeing an array of marine life such as turtles, sharks and manta rays.


    • Digital Underwater Camera's are available for hire at a cost of A$45 per dive.
    • Please use the Booking and Enquiry Form below for your enquiry.

    4 Day PADI Open Water Course Itinerary

    • Day 1
    • Day 2
    • Day 3
    • Day 4

    08:00 Complimentary hotel transfer available from Cairns city and Northern Beaches hotels/hostels

    09:00 Check-in

    09:15 Pool training

    12:00 Lunch break Lunch is not provided

    13:00 Pool training

    16:00 Gear up at the Pro Dive Cairns Retail Shop

    17:00 Complimentary return transfer to your accommodation

    06:00 Complimentary hotel transfer Available from Cairns city and Northern Beaches hotels/hostels

    06:20 Check in at the dive shop Corner of Shields & Grafton Streets, Cairns City

    07:00 Depart Cairns for 3 days & 2 nights on The Great Barrier Reef Light breakfast served on board

    11:00 Dive 1: Training dive On the Great Barrier Reef

    12:30 Lunch

    14:30 Dive 2: Training dive

    16:30 Snorkelling opportunity

    18:00 Dinner

    19:45 Watch the night dive Watch the certified divers participating in the first night dive of the trip

    07:00 Dive 3: Training dive First dive of the day, before breakfast

    09:00 Breakfast

    11:15 Dive 4: Training dive This will be the last training dive for Open Water certification

    12:45 Lunch

    15:15 Dive 5 First dive as a newly certified scuba diver

    17:45 Dinner

    19:30 Dive 6: Night dive Guided night dive experience for all newly certified divers

    06:30 Dive 7 Your first dive of the day ? a sunrise dive to enjoy the reef waking up.

    07:30 Breakfast

    09:00 Dive 8

    11:00 Dive 9 The last dive of the trip, finished by 1200 noon

    12:00 Lunch Last lunch on The Great Barrier Reef before returning to Cairns

    16:00 Complimentary return transfer to your accommodation

    19:30 Farewell dinner (optional, additional cost) Join fellow passengers and crew at a local restaurant for a farewell dinner

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