Magnetic Island Learn to Dive | SSI 3 Day Open Water Certification

Tour Code: 505

Departing: Magnetic Island

Learn to Scuba Dive on Magnetic Island
  • Gain your SSI Open Water Dive Course Certificate on a 3 day vacation on Magnetic Island in Australia, then go and dive the rest of the Great Barrier Reef in confidence.  
  • On our 3 day learn to scuba dive course on Magnetic Island you will experience class room theory, time in the pool and 4 ocean training dives.  
  • Our Magnetic Island learn to scuba dive courses begin each Monday, and Friday, with 2or 3 pool sessions and 4 ocean dives in bays around Magnetic Island. 

Included In Price

  • Qualified dive instructor/guide
  • Smal Group
  • 4 beach training dives
  • 2 or 3 pool sessions
  • SSI Open Water e-identification
  • Passport photots for identification card included
  • Dive Diary
  • All tuition
  • Theory material provided prior to course for completion
  • Diving equipment supplied including BCD, Regulator, Tanks & Weights

Want to learn how to scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef? Book your spot on beautiful Magnetic Island, and learn all the techniques needed to gain your SSI Open Water certification! Over 3 days, you’ll not only gain diving knowledge, but explore coral reefs with your new found skills!

Magnetic Island is known as one of the most beautiful tropical islands that lays just off Townsville in Tropical North Queensland Australia, and it's here where can gain your SSI Open Water Course Certificate on our 3 day learn to dive training course. 

This is your exhilarating chance to bring that dive dream into reality! Our professional diving experts on Magnetic Island, just off the coast of Townsville, will teach you every skill needed to gain your Open Water Certification, and provide you with a license to dive not only the Great Barrier Reef but the world's oceans on completion.

This exceptional scuba diving course will take 3 days to complete, and you can either choose to stay in Townsville, or accommodation is available at the Koala Village in Horseshoe Bay on Magnetic Island.

SSI is a globally recognized scuba diving certification enabling you to dive anywhere in the world.

3 Day Learn To Dive - Open Water Dive Course

On day 1 you’ll meet your welcoming instructors and fellow students; go through the online theory completed prior to the course and then finish the day in the swimming pool learning about your BCD and scuba diving equipment.

And during day 2 you will be back in the pool learning all the skills and underwater sign language

On day 3, we complete the remaining 3 ocean dives and finish off our final exam paper as on Open Water Scuba Diver.

Day 1 Open Water Certification Dive Course

Now that you’ve chosen to gain a scuba diving license that allows you to roam the coral gardens and marine life domain of the endless blue, it will take a few steps to get there, and each one a riveting journey!

Learning to scuba dive gives you the freedom to explore the ocean with a buddy and less supervision.

And on Day 1, you’ll begin this venture with class theory, and introduction to the equipment that allows you to breathe and glide weightlessly underwater, along with the possibility of new, lifelong friends!

You’ll also be learning in a place of stunning tropical surrounds, with the only dive-purpose built swimming pool on Magnetic Island, and among the dazzling reefs and waters of Magnetic Island!

Day 2 Open Water Certification Dive Course

After the first day spent with your fellow classmates and friendly instructors, you’ll be up on diving techniques, skills, and well on the road to being Open Water Dive Certified!

By this stage, the majority of theory is completed, and you’ll have a new understanding of diving physics, safety practices underwater, and what to expect on a thrilling scuba venture.

The next step is taking your amazing new knowledge to the water!

Don’t forget, if there’s something you don’t understand, your expert instructors are not only there to teach you every facet of diving, but to also ensure the very best experience in all areas!

Day 2 will likewise break for an hour lunch, and again, you can opt to bring your own yummy personalised lunch, or grab some fish and chips or a sumptuous sandwich from any of the Arcadia cafes!

Day 3 Open Water Certification Dive Course

By this stage of the learn to scuba dive course, you will have participated in 2 ocean dives and practiced the majority of your new found aquatic education.

You may already feel like a practiced expert in many areas!

Day 3 is all about re-capping those skills, and enhancing any that felt a little mysterious on Day 2.

This is likewise the day you’ll become certified! Your expert and friendly dive instructors are locals with extensive knowledge of the area and best sites to explore.

And their ethos is not just to earn you an Open Water Certification, but turn you into a fully capable and experienced diver too!

On day 3, they’ll be another 3 dives for you to embark on, with some truly stunning destinations and mesmerising marine life just waiting through your mask! 

Townville and Magnetic Island

Your Open Water Certified scuba diving course takes you to the superb shores of Magnetic Island.

Just a short ferry ride from Townsville, the island is a tropical paradise with dazzling waters and surrounding coral reefs.

You could choose to stay on Magnetic island, with either a short trip to your scuba diving course each morning, or opt for Townsville accommodation and catch the scenic ferry ride over at dawn.

Townsville is a city in Far North Queensland renowned for its laid back charm, country ambience, yet with modern bars, restaurants and nightlife.

Whereas its jewel, Magnetic Island, is on a smaller, but no less enchanting scale.

The island consists of four main coves, and your course takes place at Arcadia, at Alma Bay.

You’ll have an hour off each day for lunch with new new friends, where you can choose to bring your own packed delights, or indulge in delicious meals from the nearby eateries with a stunning ocean view!

Optional Stay at the Koala Village

With the scuba diving license you’ll gain after an Open Water course, you’ll gain a new and exhilarating form of underwater freedom.

And with the optional offer of staying on Magnetic Island at one-of-a-kind accommodation, you might wind up with the overall experience of a lifetime!

Choosing to spend 3 nights at Bungalow Bay Koala Village means you can opt for friendly dorm-style rooms, cabins, or double ensuites.

All are decorated with a flavour of the tropics and boast a stunning forest surrounding. You could also meet new, lifelong friends in the share bungalows, but it’s who you’ll be sharing with that provides the real magic!

The Koala Village is the only resort in Australia that boasts its own wildlife park!

So in between getting your license to mingle with marine life, you could likewise get to meet some rainforest creatures in the form of a cute Koala and even a python to pat!

Welcome to Your Scuba Diving Class!

Now that you know all about your magical destination and where to find it, you might like to know a little about what to expect on the first day at our learn to scuba dive courses!

You’ll meet your fellow classmates and friendly diving instructors in a welcoming class room.

With just 8 students to a class, you’ll find our dive training a more personalised and attentive form of learning.

With SSI certification we begin our theory online and will have the opportunity to ask questions and go through any points that need clarification.

Your expert instructors will likewise teach all you need to know about diving physics, safety, skills and technique.

You’ll gain a vast knowledge with step by step tuition, in order to feel confident with complete understanding before you enter the water.

And of course, in preparation for the big ocean adventure!

Everybody in the Pool

Time to get wet! Your outstanding Open Water Scuba Diving course boasts Magnetic Island’s only purpose-built swimming pool to gain underwater skills.

This course is designed to have you feeling confident and comfortable in the water with diving equipment before the big ocean adventures ahead.

The swimming pool is likewise where you’ll become familiar with wearing your weight-belt and tanks, and breathing easily with your regulator.

Again, you’ll have expert instructors alongside you every glide of the way sharing a full education and ease of scuba skills.

You’ll learn all the basic techniques of entering the water, hovering (so you can see those magnificent fish and stunning coral up close when it’s time to hit the ocean) and a presentation on familiarizing yourself with the use of your dive equipment.

You’ll be more than ready to explore the ocean after your swimming pool class!

Diving Skills and Techniques

Five Point Descent. Giant Stride. Fin Pivot. These may sound like strange terminologies right now, but you’ll be performing all these features like a professional scuba diver in no time!

Once you’re comfortable in the water, you’ll go over techniques such as clearing your mask and regulator, buoyancy control, and assembling of scuba equipment.

If it sounds complicated, don’t fret, every skill will be gone through with you point by point, with an explanation of the hows and whys.

You’ll also learn important hand signals for both safety, and to draw attention when a sea-turtle is meandering by!

With this extensive scuba diving education, your helpful instructor will show you how to be at one with your equipment, and ensure your apparatus and skills are a perfect fit.

You’ll likewise practice adjusting your weight belt and the kind of safety knowledge that makes each future dive an awe-inspiring experience!

First Ocean Dive on the Great Barrier Reef

From the custom made swimming pool, to the crystal shores of Magnetic Island’s Alma Bay.

After you’ve gained confidence and and understanding in the water, it will be time to try out all your new, evolved scuba diving skills in your very first ocean dive of the course!

From your dive course base in Arcadia, you’ll head to the sand and submerge in a beach dive.

You’ll have already gotten a feel for wearing your dive equipment in the water, and this first dive will put it into perspective and practice.

Your first ocean dive at Alma Bay is a great way to become used to the sights and feeling of the big blue.

And by your second ocean dive today, you’ll get a sense of how beautiful and mighty the undersea world truly is, and how to explore it with your new talented capacity as you ascend, clear your mask and regulator, practice buoyancy, and prepare for the lifetime of adventure this certification will bring!

Diving at Alma Bay and Moltke Shipwreck

There are scuba diving skills to learn and techniques to master, yet you’ll adore every fascinating moment of this once-in-a-lifetime course and the incredible accompanying highlight; along with learning scuba skills, you’ll actually be diving in the miraculous ocean!

As your equipment now feels at one with you, and your new knowledge becomes instinct, you’ll begin to relax into your new found talent and truly see what’s around you.

Alma Bay, with its balmy waters and crystal-clear conditions, is a shallow and perfect experience for Open Water students.

It’s also a magical reef where you’re likely to see a spotted lagoon sting-ray drifting by!

And when exploring the Moltke Shipwreck at Geoffrey Bay, you’ll find a new depth of adoration for certified diving while swimming among the rays, crayfish, sea-stars and absolute rainbow of reef fish!

Become a Certified Diver on the Great Barrier Reef

On the exciting final and day of your learn to scuba dive course, you may find you’ve had such an amazing journey that you won’t want to leave!

What could be better than making new friends on a tropical island, diving the glimmering waters of the Great Barier Reef, and gaining a license to do it all over the world?

The majority of your learn to dive skills will have been completed on Day 2, with just a few more techniques to go through on Day 3, yet they’ll be plenty of time to relax and enjoy the magical sights on 2 more oceanic dives!

Once you’ve experienced the exhilaration of a mastered scuba adventure, along with viewing mesmerising marine life, they’ll be one last spot of theory to go.

On certification, your photos are supplied and completion signed off.

With a Padi Open Water, your photo ID card will arrive in the mail soon after, and when choosing SSI, you’ll receive your e-certification by email directly.

Well done! Your very own scuba diving license to dive the seven seas!

See more learn to scuba dive courses on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. 

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Magnetic Island

Departure Time
  • Starts at 8:30 am
  • Finishes at 4:30 pm
  • Magnetic Island
  • Arcadia
  • Alma Bay
  • Geoffrey Bay
  • Moltke Shipwreck
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Courses begin Fridays


Three Day Course

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • SSI photo identification card
  • Accommodation package at Koala Village
Fitness Level Required



Scuba Diving – minimum age 12


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.

Additional Information
  • Divers must have reasonable health and pass Medical Questionairre
  • Participants must complete a 200 metre swim without mask, snorkel and fins.
  • Participants will need to float or tread water for 10 minutes without flotation device.
  • Packed lunch
  • Snacks
  • Drink bottle
  • Swimwear
  • Beach Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Change of clothing
  • Cash or credit card for meals and drinks

Minimum Age for diving is 12 years of age.

All cancellations must be advised in writing.

Course cancellation must take place 7 days before course date for a full refund. Cancellations witching 3-6 days will incur a 50% loss of deposit. Cancellations within 2 days will incur a 100% loss of deposit. 

Additional cancellation and administration fees may apply as per terms and conditions.


Magnetic Island Learn to Dive | SSI 3 Day Open Water Certification

Tour Code: 505

Departing: Magnetic Island

Learn to Scuba Dive on Magnetic Island



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

Child: au$350.00
Family: au$1,400.00

Tour Code: 505



15 yrs & over

12 - 14 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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