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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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Amazing 4 days! The course is well paced with 2 days in the pool and classroom so you get the hang of all your gear and then 2 days on the barrier reef which is incredible! We were able to see so much marine life including turtles and sharks and that was whilst getting out
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Genuinely one of the best experiences of my life, from day one even in the classroom Ryan our instructor really made the whole experience so much fun and easy going. Couple that with the actual barrier reef being breathtaking and you've got a brilliant experience Can't
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We had such an amazing tour!! I was worried that we would see much coral life but we did! The crew is absolutely wonderful and passionate about their job and super helpful! Such an amazing experience would do again!!!!
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Ryan our instructor was a super nice and friendly guy that made this class so easy, comfortable, and ridiculously fun. Half of the group even did the advanced course afterwards since we enjoyed him and the company so much. Every single crew member on the boat is constantly
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An incredible experience, the best place to learn to scuba dive. Our instructor, Dee, is absolutely awesome!!
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About the operator
By: Down Under Cruise & Dive
1,565 reviews
Certificate of Excellence
Cairns day reef cruise
Exceeded our expectations, staff were excellent, especially Tommy T-bone and mature age guy originally from
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Great diving experience, but instructor not the best
I did the PADI 4-day open water dive course with Down Under Diving, and it was amazing. The experience of scuba
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Amazing Best day in Australia
They planned everything well and made sure everyone was well taken care off. Highly recommend this trip to anyone
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Chicago, IL
Great Barrier Reef family experience
Our family had an experienced and introductory scuba excursion along with snorkelers. The staff was very organized
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Steve K
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Exceptional, as described below
The entire experience of the day-long snorkeling trip was outstanding. The staff enjoy their work, and have a
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Corals, sharks, turtles and rays
Can't say enough good things about this trip. Staff are really friendly, cheerful, informative and take great care
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Bucket List Scuba Dive
Walking up to the largest and fanciest boat at the dock set the trip off to a great start. Everyone in the crew
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Thomastown, Australia
Awesome 2 days
We booked this 2 days trip.. we had really good fun and awesome time. First day we went to great barrier reef, did
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Montrose, Australia
Say cheese with the turtles
From booking right through to leaving the boat at the end, not a single fault or complaint can be made.
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Jochem v
Great snorkeling your!
I really enjoyed this snorkeling trip. The boat was spacious, the staff was very friendly and professional and we
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Calgary, Canada
First time diving
Great experience with the Down Under Cruise & Dive Excursion. I was booked on the introduction dive experience.
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The HIGHLIGHT of our trip to Australia!
I cannot say enough good things about this excursion! The boat, the staff, organization, onboarding & equipment,
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What a great time everything was amazing food was great staff are helpful the boat was nice an clean can’t fault
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Hirakata, Japan
Great diving with friendly and professional support staff.
This was an excellent diving trip. As a certified diver but with only about 20 dives, I recommend the folks at
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Highlight of our trip to Cairns
We had a great time on this day. In spite of the fact that it was thundering and lightening, the crew took us out
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  • Duration: 4 days
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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