5 Days
Cairns, Great Barrier Reef

Learning to scuba dive is something that is top of many travellers bucket lists and there’s few places more memorable to complete your open water scuba dive course than Australias Great Barrier Reef!

This 5 day open water course in Cairns with the crew from Deep Sea Divers Den combines 2 days of classroom, theory and pool work with a 3 day, 2 night live aboard boat on the famous Great Barrier Reef!

Instead of completing your open water modules on two day trips to the reef you’ll spend the night aboard one the Deep Sea Divers Den amazing scuba dive live aboard boats where you’ll complete your course in style.

It’s the perfect way to spend more time exploring the Great Barrier Reef and wake up to sunrise over the ocean!

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Open Water Dive Course Inc Barrier Reef Liveaboard
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Day 1

9.00am pick-up from your city accommodation
Classroom theory
Dive medical to AS 4005.1 (if required)
Lunch (not included)
Dive equipment selection Pool training
5.00pm return (approximately)


Day 2

9.00am pickup from your city accommodation
Pool training
Lunch (not included)
Classroom theory
5.00pm return (Approximately)


Day 3

8.00am pickup from your city accommodation.
Transfer out to the reef aboard our day trip vessel and do your first 2 training dives.
Lunch (included)
At 2:30pm, transfer to our Liveaboard vessel where you will spend the night.
Lunch, dinner and accommodation included


Day 4

7.30am: Kickstart your day with coffee on deck and a hot breakfast prepared by our chefs – this is going to be a big day!

8.30am: Gear up for your final training dive on the reef. With a hand shake underwater, you’re officially a certified SCUBA diver with a worldwide recognised certification.

10.30am: Put your new skills to practice with your first fun dive! Enjoy the sensation as you explore the undersea world in freedom.

12.30pm: Celebrate with a delicious lunch

3.30pm: Enjoy another fun dive on the outer reef

6pm: Dinner

6.30pm: If you’re feeling brave, it’s time to hop into the water for your first night dive!

8pm: Dessert

10pm: Bar closes


Day 5

With all the hard work behind you, today is all about fun dives!

After breakfast and two more dive sessions, it’s time for a final buffet lunch, and to pack your gear for the return trip to Cairns.

Arriving back in Cairns Marina around 4.30pm, we will shuttle you to any city accommodation, if necessary going via our dive centre to collect any stored luggage.


  • All PADI materials
  • All dive and snorkel equipment, including air fills, and full tuition
  • Fresh chilled water, tea and coffee
  • Two outer reef locations per day
  • Meals while at sea
  • Transfers from Cairns city accommodation

Course Outline:

2 days pool & theory, 3 days / 2 nights on board our overnight vessel OceanQuest


Five days

Medical Information:

All Open Water scuba participants must meet medical questionnaire requirements and some conditions or medications may prevent you from diving. Visit the Can I Dive page to see if you meet the requirements before booking.

Open Water Courses

DAY 1- Failed Medical*; Full refund. Cancellation for any other reason a charge of AUD$160.00 DAY 2- AUD$230 cancellation fee. AFTER DAY 2 – No refund will be given. Day trip Course Schedules can NOT be altered

Medicals are no longer mandatory but may be required on completion of self-assessment form. Copies available here http://www.diversden.com.au/medical.htm

*If Student fails medical they have a choice regarding the course manual: they may return the manual in AS NEW condition (for a full refund) or retain the manual, in which case the refund will be reduced by AU$105.00.

Provider Details
Deep Sea Divers Den
Phone: 0740467333

open water dive course live aboard great barrier reef cairns australia

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