Cairns PADI Learn to Dive Courses

Tour Code: 218

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns

Learn to Dive in Cairns
  • You’ll be able to explore a world of dolphins and sea-turtles, coral mountains and tropical reef fish, unsupervised from here on out with your Open Water Diver Certification! The Outer Great Barrier Reef awaits your new-found knowledge!
  • Once you’re an experienced Open Water Certified Diver, you may want to earn another notch in your weight-belt! More diving experience will enhance every diving experience, with an Adventure Diver or Advanced Open Water Certification!

Included In Price

  • FREE city accommodation transfers
  • All dive and snorkel equipment
  • 4 Day Open Water Course: 2 days pool and theory (7.30am-4.30pm daily)
  • 4 Day Open Water Course: 2 day trips to the reef with buffet BBQ lunch (hot meats, fish, prawns and salads)
  • 4 Day Open Water Course: PADI Open Water course materials
  • 4 Day Open Water Course: Passport Photos

If you've ever dreamed of exploring the undersea phenomena of colourful coral and exotic marine life, there is no better place than the world renowned diver’s heaven; the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

This course is a Certified PADI scuba diving license that enables you to roam the endless blue seas across the world!

Your scuba diving course begins in a welcoming classroom, with friendly experts ready to teach you all the lessons, skills and techniques needed to become a fully certified diver.

With some fascinating theory and videos in the morning, you’ll break for lunch, and return in the afternoon to practice your advancement in a specially designed swimming pool.

Day two consists of some more riveting lessons, and finalising your underwater pool skills.

Moving on from Cairns in the following days, the class will then board a dive boat to the iconic Great Barrier Reef, where you’ll utilise your new knowledge among turquoise waters and stunning marine life.

With expert tuition and supervision, you’ll feel like an experienced scuba diver in no time!

Your time on this modern dive boat includes a mouth-watering Aussie BBQ, with a live musical band. And best of all, after the completion of your scuba diving course, you'll be presented with your very own photo ID Padi certified scuba diver's card!

Scuba Diving Medical Information Required

There are some medical conditions that may exclude you from scuba diving.

You are required to fill in a Medical Questionnaire. If you answer YES to any of the questions you will be required to undergo a medical assessment to Australian Standards AS4005-1.

All students are required to complete a medical form before commencing the Open Water Course. If required a dive medical is available with a dive doctor at an extra cost.

Day One

Welcome to the dive class! Here you'll receive a wonderous education on how to move weightlessly and breathe easily underwater!

To explore the captivating Outer Great Barrier Reef without restriction, you'll learn to be at one with your dive equipment, (tank, regulator, weight-belt) in a specially designed swimming pool.

You will learn extensive, yet fascinating theory taught to you by the best experienced scuba diving-instructor teachers.

With both a welcoming air-conditioned classroom and practice pool, you'll become familiar with clearing your mask for a greater view of the reef, and in no time, recognise important underwater hand signals for both safety and drawing attention to marine creatures!

Every question is answered here, and with a full education in safety and the best techniques, this course will both enhance your diving experience and insure you graduate a talented certified scuba diver.

Day 2

Meet your group for a morning of classroom theory with a small exam before lunch then into the pool again for an afternoon of skills and buoyancy training.

By the end of the day your pool skills will be finalised and you will all be ready to take on the Great Barrier Reef for some open water introductory scuba diving.

Classroom and Pool Training Day’s Information

  • Classes begin at 7.30am at the Draper St training centre in Cairns and finish approx. 4.30pm
  • Complimentary transfers available in the Cairns City
  • Transfers available at an extra cost outside the Cairns City area
  • All dive equipment and text books included
  • Lunch is at own cost, buy at nearby cafe outlets or BYO
  • Bring swimwear, towels, change of clothes and booking voucher

Day 3 Great Barrier Reef

Organise a transfer or make own way to the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal for a 7.30am check in. MV-EVO travels to 2 spectacular reef destinations to complete the first 2 in water training dives.

Your instructor will take you through a series of skills and small tasks to complete under the ocean’s surface to ensure you remember all of your class room lessons like hand signals and how to inflate your jackets.

Day 4 Great Barrier Reef

Repeat of day 3 check in procedures on board the dive boat. Today you will complete the last 2 training dives and check off all components in the open water dive course.

During the journey back into Cairns celebrate with a complimentary glass of wine and some live entertainment as your instructor completes your paperwork and presents you with your certified scuba diving license at the day’s end.

 Open Water Training Day’s Information

  • All equipment is provided on board
  • Complimentary morning and afternoon tea is available
  • Free BBQ lunch on board
  • Live entertainment and glass of wine on cruise home
  • Bring swimwear, towels, sun protection and change of clothes

Take the plunge and upgrade to the 5 day scuba diving course for an extra day of fun diving at Saxon and Hastings Reefs or continue onto an Adventure or Advanced course to improve your diving skills and increase your confidence.


PADI 2 Day Advanced Course - Tuesdays & Fridays

Advanced DiverThere are two compolserary dives, Deep and Navigation, and then the remaining dives can be chosen from the table below.

PADI 1 Day Adventure Dive Course - Tuesdays & Fridays

Adventure DiverTo update to an Advanced diver you just complete an extra two elective dives, which can be done at any PADI Centre Worldwide.

Elective Dives

  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Underwater Photography
  • Peak Performance Boyancy
  • Multi-level Dive
  • Boat Dive
Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From


Pickup Locations


  • Complimentary pick up from Cairns City Accommodation

Cairns dive school and the Great Barrier Reef

Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Monday - Tuesday, Friday


4 Day Open Water Course starts Mondays & Fridays
1 Day Adventure Course starts Fridays, Sundays & Tuesdays
2 Day Advanced Course starts Fridays, Sundays & Tuesdays
1/2 Day Refresher Course (in pool) starts Mondays & Fridays

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Underwater Camera
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Souveniors
  • Upgrade to Scenic Heli Flight
Fitness Level Required


  • Medical questionnaire provided for divers. In the occurrence of any health issue identified, a medical certificate may be required and arranged at a reduced cost.
  • PADI standards require each student must be able to complete a basic (200m) swim and floating test (10 minutes) on first day
  • All students must have a valid Queensland Dive Medical (Australian Standard), medicals are available on the first day of the course. Overseas dive medicals or diver fitness certificates will NOT be accepted unless the assessment certificate clearly and specifically states that the Dive Medical was carried out to the Australian Standard.

Scuba Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving.
  • Participation is subject to a medical questionnaire completed on board with the tour operator
  • Minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba diving: a wait of 12 hours is recommended after one dive, 18 hour after 2 dives and at least 24 hours after multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Advanced Dive Medical Intro Dive Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Eco Certifications
Advanced Ecotourism Certified
Ecotourism Certified

Certified Dive Medical, Small day bag for your belongings, Sunscreen & Hat, Spare Clothes, Swimmers and a towel each day, Food is at your own expense on Day 1 & 2, Cash or Credit Card for snacks & drinks

Containes notes on wheelchair access
Wheelchair Accessibility

Although the vessel is not specially designed, it is accessible with some movement by disabled passenger, or in some cases, travellers can be assisted in boarding, reef and swimming pool entry and exit.

Additional Information

An experienced dive instructor can assist with disabled passengers

Many disabled travellers have qualified for their Open Water Diver Certification.

Please advise at time of booking regarding your disability and requirements

For a small extra cost, personal supervision can be obtained during the course by a dive instructor.

Disabled guests will need to arange Disabled friendly Taxi

Minimum age 16

All cancellations must be in writing.

Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee.

Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.

Cancellations/Alterations/Refunds: No refunds for cancellations within 18 hours of departure time; 24 hours for dive courses and packaged products. Re booking fees apply for alterations made within these times. The operator reserves the right to cancel the tour, change vessel type or arrange an alternative carrier in the event of bad weather or mechanical problems. No refunds for voluntary uncompleted dives.

Cairns PADI Learn to Dive Courses

Tour Code: 218

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns

Learn to Dive in Cairns



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Tour Code: 218



1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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