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PADI Open Water Dive Course - incl. Trips to Fitzroy Island and the Outer Reef (Excludes $25pp levy)

Book with Cairns Dive Centre for a 4 day and become a PADI certified scuba diver! Cairns Dive Centre have been teaching divers since 1983, and is recognised as a PADI 5-star learning facility

The first 2 days of your course are conducted in our 5 start air conditioned dive school. Training sessions take place in the speciality designed DIVE pool. Next we take your learning from the pool and onto the Reef! This course included on full day on Fitzroy Island for Island based dives, and one full day on the outer Great Barrier Reef aboard Sunkist

This Island and Reef Open Water Course is a unique to CDC, offering the student 4 outer Great Barrier Reef dives.

Course structure:

  • Day 1 - 8:00am Classroom then Pool
  • Day 2 - 8:00am Pool then Classroom
  • Day 3 - 7am Fitzroy Island for 2 course dives, returning to Cairns
  • Day 4 - 7am Travel to Outer Great Barrier Reef for 2 course dives, returning to Cairns

Your purchase includes:

  • Gaining your PADI Open Water Dive Certification
  • Day trip to Fitzroy Island
  • Day trip to the Outer Great Barrier Reef including lunch
  • 4 dives
  • 5 star training facility
  • A whole lot of fun!

Minimum age: 12 years

Course Start days: Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Price: $520 +$25 Reef Levy & Admin Fee

$25 Reef Levy & Admin Fee is not included in the prices below and payable direct to the operator on the day

Important information: Attached to your booking is an admin form, if you answer ‘YES’ to any of the medical questions you will be required to obtain a Queensland recreational dive medical clearance from a doctor – there are several qualified practitioners within Cairns who can help with this

If due to medical reasons you are unable to take part in the course we will issue you a full refund for your booking (if a medical is obtained 48 hours before the course)

If you fail 1st day (medical/swimming test) you will forfeit $100 forfeit of the fee

Available Bookings from November 14 to November 20

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4spaces priced from:

  • Per Person$416.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Per Person$435.00

3spaces priced from:

  • Per Person$435.00

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Alex Willey from Australia wrote on 12 April 2019

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Open water dive course

WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!!! Ethan the dive instructor made this whole experience amazing!, he explains everything so everyone in the group understood!!, we couldn’t have asked for a better instructor that could teach us not only the dive skills but life lessons ;) thank you so much Ethan you are a absolute legend we will be back for our advanced!!!

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From PADI Open Water Dive Course - incl. Trips to Fitzroy Island and the Outer Reef (Excludes $25pp levy)

Thankyou for your lovely review. I will pass your message to Ethan. We look forward to seeing you soon to do your Advanced Course :)

Paloma Durántez Díez from Spain wrote on 16 October 2019

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Amazing course!

I was lucky to be on a 2 people group for this course so it was very personalised. Ethan was a star, he’s so knowledgeable and he transfers his enthusiasm and passion for what he does! So do the rest of the crew when we were off to the reef and Fitzroy! By the way the locations are just a dream!! Definitely will keep coming back for more courses to CDC! Thanks a lot!!

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Lisa from Germany wrote on 07 January 2019

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Highly recommend!

We did our open water diver course at CDC and we couldn't recommend it enough. Our instructor Richard was fabulous, he really took his time to ensure you understand all techniques and little tricks. Plus he is a very very experienced diver and there was never a time when we didn't feel in good hands and absolutely safe. The groups are small so the instructor can keep a close eye on every student to make sure you are comfortable doing what is required. They will take you to the outer reef where you will definitely see beautiful corals, anemones and an abundance of colourful fish. Certainly suitable for both divers and snorkels! We highly recommend CDC, great atmosphere and very friendly and helpful staff. Especially thanks to Richard for his patience and support, couldn't have wished for a better instructor!!

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From PADI Open Water Dive Course - incl. Trips to Fitzroy Island and the Outer Reef (Excludes $25pp levy)

Thankyou for your lovely review. I have passed your compliments to Richard and we hope to see you travel again with us again soon :) LE

Thor from Germany wrote on 09 September 2019

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If your budget won’t allow it anywhere else

If I had 1 dollar for every time the instructor berate us for being slow or lazy and then waste 5 minutes mentioning how he’s done this 12 years and 9000 dives yada yada I would have been able to spend to do it on liveaboard. His attitude make me embarrassed like he thinks we can’t hear english, know left & right etc and when we want to ask a question he interrupts thinking he can know what we want to ask but just tells us something else instead then we can’t get to ask. Everything is disorganised and even on the boat one instructor is yelling you to go and one tell you get out, poor communication and staff make it stressful and hectic for learning this new skill.

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From PADI Open Water Dive Course - incl. Trips to Fitzroy Island and the Outer Reef (Excludes $25pp levy)

Sorry to hear about the experience with your instructor. We will pass your comment onto our HR department for assessment. Thanks for traveling with us and hope you will enjoy more diving around the world!

Liliana from New Zealand wrote on 23 October 2018

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Was good

I think it would be beneficial for the trainers to be more patient and understand this is all new to your students. If things are taking too much time training us then cut down on the off topic chat. Im glad I did it but I did get quite frustrated, and the diving was far too short

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