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

Cairns, Australia
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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 Evolution
  • Classes limited to a maximum of eight students

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Become a certified scuba diver at one of the world’s most famous dive sites—the Great Barrier Reef.
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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
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.

Departure Point

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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 the Evolution 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 Evolution. 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.
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Down Under Dive

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.

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What is the maximum group size during Learn to Scuba Dive on the Great Barrier Reef: 4-Day PADI Open Water Dive Course?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

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I booked a PADI Open water course, and...
, Nov. 2017
I booked a PADI Open water course, and it was awesome! So awesome that I added one extra day to pass the Adventure certification. The reef is amazing, the boat is huge and the crew nice and careful. Special thanks to Aaron, our kind, funny and really patient instructor!
Our diving tour with Down Under Dive...
, Apr. 2017
Our diving tour with Down Under Dive Cairns was a lot of fun. With Aaron, we had a great teacher and diving instructor. 2 days of classroom and pool training first, 2 days of reef diving and practical exam second. The gear for the pool training was all right, not the newest but still functional. On board of the EVOLUTION the diving gear was perfect. We visited Norman Reef and Hastings Reef on our two days out there. Perfect places to practice diving and to enjoy the magnificent sea world of the GBR. The only thing you have to take into account when booking is that the boat is one of the biggest in the harbour and there are lots of tourists going with you to do some snorkeling or diving at the reef sites, so it can get busy on board or in the water.
Excellent scuba diving class! Will do...
Ben N
, Apr. 2017
Excellent scuba diving class! Will do the Advanced Open Water Diving Class next.
Amazing experience. Frankie was an...
Mark H
, Mar. 2017
Amazing experience. Frankie was an amazing teacher and his passion was second to none, having a small group of up people to spend time with during the week all learning at the same pace made the time fly even faster. Experiencing the reef in such a way was just outstanding, and being able to snorkel too after diving made it even better. I am now definitely going to start doing a lot of diving! I would recommend this to anyone who is thinking about learning to dive - just do it and you won't regret it.
This is a great course for anyone...
jesse l
, Feb. 2017
This is a great course for anyone interested in learning to scuba dive. I'm not sure about the other instructors but Francesco was an amazing teacher. Extremely knowledgeable, patient and throws in some jokes as well. There's a lot to learn but it is common sense so most people should find it easy. The 2 days out on the Great Barrier Reef were amazing. So many beautiful things to look at. On the last dive, a 3 foot sea turtle came up to me and looked me in the eyes... something I will never forget! Our group was able to fit in 2 dives as well as 2 snorkeling sessions when we weren't diving, per day. Wish I had more time and I would have done the extra 2 days of diving for the advanced course. Highly recommend and you can't ask for a better setting on learning to dive than the Great Barrier Reef.
Learning to Scuba dive at the great...
Rob A
, Aug. 2016
Learning to Scuba dive at the great barrier reef was fantastic. Our instructor was good fun and very informative. Highly recommended.
Unreal. Best thing I did in...
David C
, Jun. 2016
Unreal. Best thing I did in Australia. If you can take the advanced course for the extra two days. I regret not planning to take it.
Frankie is my instructor for this...
Nitiwat S
, Jun. 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
Awesome experience! J. Wall, our...
Eric C
, Jan. 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!
I had a really great time. In the...
Gabriel H
, Jul. 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!!

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