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Learn to scuba dive in one of the world's top locations for underwater wonders: Cairns, Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. Your professional and friendly instructors lead a 4-day PADI Open Water dive course for your small group limited to eight people. You'll gradually learn the skills you need to scuba dive and earn the internationally recognized PADI certification. Practice basic scuba skills in the classroom, a swimming pool, and on confined water dives, then discover the Great Barrier Reef on open-water dives. Hotel transfers are included each day.


  • 4-day learn to dive PADI Open Water course in Cairns
  • Experience two days of diving on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Enjoy two barbecue lunches served on board the Osprey V
  • Classes limited to a maximum of eight students
  • Study with expert professional instructors
  • Dive equipment and wetsuits provided
  • PADI Open Water manual and PADI photo certification card included
  • Return hotel transfers each day

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

There is no better place to learn to scuba dive and experience the ocean's beauty than Australia's Great Barrier Reef. This is the best-value PADI-certified course in Cairns. With a maximum of eight students per class, you’ll receive personalized attention from your instructors.

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What You Can Expect

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

Great Barrier Reef

Start your days early with morning pickup at your Cairns hotel. For the first two days, your small-group class meets with your instructor in the classroom and swimming pool to learn basic scuba diving skills. On your third and fourth days, you'll head out to the Great Barrier Reef with your small-group and instructors. There, complete your PADI training as you scuba dive at sites on the Great Barrier Reef, one of the most coveted locations in the world for scuba aficionados. Two lunches and round-trip hotel transport are included.


Day 1: Cairns
After being picked up from your Cairns hotel, your first day is all about getting prepared to enter the water. Complete your medical checks and paperwork on site at 8am, then begin the day’s classroom and video sessions. If you don’t pass the medical/swimming check, you’ll receive a full refund on Day 1. After a break for lunch, join in the afternoon’s pool training session, then be returned to your hotel.

Day 2: Cairns
On the second day of your PADI Open Water Diver course, there are more classroom and video sessions in the morning, including completion of a small exam. After the lunch break, refine your skills in the training pool.

Day 3: Cairns — Great Barrier Reef (L)
Today takes you out to the Great Barrier Reef on board the cruise vessel known as Osprey V. Visit two great dive sites to carry out a series of training skills in the open water environment, and then put your training to the test by completing two dives. While out on the water, enjoy a barbecue lunch on board the boat.

Day 4: Cairns — Great Barrier Reef (L)
On the fourth day of your dive course, return to the Great Barrier Reef dive sites aboard the Osprey V. On the completion of two dives, plus all the paperwork, your instructor will present you with your PADI Open Water scuba-diving license! Enjoy a barbecue lunch served on the boat, and in the evening celebrate your new diving status with dinner and drinks.

Customer Reviews

Nitiwat S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Frankie is my instructor for this course. He's so kind and outgoing. Lecture class wasn't boring because of him. We done a lot of skills in first two days and enjoy four dives at the reef. Plenty of food on the boat. SUPERB!! DELICIOUS!! and the guy in dreadlock is pretty funny, he keep entertain us until we back to the land. Awesome trip ever. WORTH to do it!! Maybe one day I'll back to Cairns and study Advanced course with them. From: Nitiwat Joe

Eric C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Awesome experience! J. Wall, our instructor, was very patient with my wife who was struggling with one of the skills that we needed to learn in order to be certified. The company focuses very heavily upon safety and making sure everyone can take care of him/herself when diving. The open water dives were beautiful and amazing things were scene. IF you get seasick, make sure you prepare for that, as it takes at least an hour via boat to get to the different reef sights. My wife and I loved it. Thanks, J!

Gabriel H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

I had a really great time. In the beginning I was not so sure, because the Padi Open Water Licence is so cheap compared with other Diving Schools in Cairns. This is so, because they dont have an own boat, so you are with a lot of other people on the boat. It was quite a fast boat and it took us between 1 and 1,5 hours to the outer reef.

The Instructor was qualified, funny and he was with us for the 4 days. You got free coffee, tea and cookies all the time + Lunch at the two Reef trips. In the class were 7 people. 6 of this 7 people were backpackers and we all had a really great time even after scuba diving ;)
Even if I got sea sick on the first day, I would recommend this trip. Diving in the reef was incredible!!

Michiel M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

This is a great combination to learn about diving and to see the great barrier reef. I had a very nice time and you really make new friends. Our dive instructor Nick was the best: always friendly for everyone, funny and they dive 'by the rules', which gives you trust for your next step. Every next half a day is a new step/challenge. You feel confident because you learn what to do. In this way you will appreciate the great barrier reef much more than lets say an introductory dive, where you might feel insecure. They also care (and make you care) about nature and wildlife at the reef, which is important when you go diving. (april 2014)

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