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PADI Open Water Course
Why PADI Open Water Learn to Dive?
Have you always wanted to experience the splendour and beauty of the underwater world? Plunge down under on an adventure to discover the world’s most diverse ecosystem the Great Barrier Reef! Picture yourself face to face with sea turtles, tropical fish and many other different species of marine life that will have you screaming for more.
What do I need to get started?
What will I do on the course?
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:
How long will it take?
The standard Open Water Course is run over 4 Days, with 2 days in the classroom/pool then 2 days at the Outer Great Barrier Reef on our luxury cruise vessel EVOLUTION.
There are also 5 Day Courses available that include extra days at the reef!
What will be included?
When can I start?
Courses start on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
What is the Course Itinerary?
Day 1 (Classroom/Pool Training) - Medical checks and paperwork completed on site at 8am, before Classroom and video sessions commence. Refund on Day 1 applicable FOR ANY REASON. Lunch break, then the afternoon pool training session begins.
Day 2 (Classroom/Pool Training) - Classroom and video sessions re-commence & small Exam completed. Lunch break, before spending the afternoon finalising your skills in the training pool. Full reef biology presentation available at 'Reef Teach' on the second night.
Day 3 (Great Barrier Reef) - Onboard EVOLUTION we travel to two exclusive dive sites on the Outer Great Barrier Reef to conduct a series of training skills in the open water environment. 2 dives are completed. Returning to Cairns at 4:45pm then dropped off at your accommodation.
Day 4 (Great Barrier Reef) - we again travel onboard EVOLUTION to our exclusive sites for completion of your course. Once both dives and all paperwork has been completed, your Instructor will present you with your Scuba Diving Licence! Returning to Cairns at 4:45pm then dropped off at your accommodation. Drinks and dinner that night to celebrate your certification.
Day 5 (optional) - EVOLUTION (Great Barrier Reef) - with the optional 5th Day on Osprey V you can experience the freedom of being a certified diver by enjoying 3 certified dives at our Outer Reef Locations at a date of your choosing. Take off with a buddy to explore on your own or join our experienced guides as they show you the best parts of the reef.
Day 5 (optional) - Adventures (Great Barrier Reef) - choose the optional 5th Day Adventure Course and take your training to the next level. Extend your allowed dive depths to up to 40m when you complete your Deep Dive, perfect your navigation skills with the Underwater Navigation Dive and choose one of the many elective dives (Photography, Fish ID etc.) to optain your Adventure Diver Certification.
Do I need to complete a Dive Medical?
No. All students must complete a medical questionnaire before commencement of the course. If a medical issue is identified then a medical certificate may be required and will be arranged on the first day at a reduced cost of $55.
A copy of our medical questionnaire can be downloaded here.
What are the minimum requirements of the course?
PADI standards require that each student must be able to complete a basic swimming (200m) and floating (10min) test on the first day of the course.
What will I need to bring?
PLEASE NOTE: All students must complete a medical questionnaire before commencement of the course. If a medical issue is identified then a medical certificate may be required and will be arranged on the first day at a reduced cost of $55.