PADI Open Water Dive Course

PADI Open Water Diverfrom $560

Learn to Dive with Australia's Premier PADI Dive Centre
Down Under Dive has been teaching people to dive for over 25 years. With the best Multi-lingual instructors and state of the art facilities, Down Under Dive is still the favorite place for 1000's of people to learn diving every year.

Our massive multi-level 300,000 litre purpose built dive pool and spacious learning centre is the perfect place to learn and practice your skills before progressing to the deeper waters of the Great Barrier Reef aboard our luxury 'super yacht' style vessel Evolution

EVOLUTION is our new award winning, Australian built, luxury reef catamaran. With 3 massive spacious decks to lounge around and innovative drop-down water entry platforms you'll have the space and time to prepare for the experience of a lifetime...Learning to dive on The Great Barrier Reef!

  • PADI Open Water Dive Course
  • PADI Open Water Dive Course
  • PADI Open Water Dive Course
  • PADI Open Water Dive Course
  • PADI Open Water Dive Course
  • PADI Open Water Dive Course


What will I do on the course?

2 days pool / theory, 2 day trips on EVOLUTION inc. 4 training dives.

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development in a classroom to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
  • Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!

If you’ve tried diving through a Discover Scuba Diving experience or resort course, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Open Water Diver course certification.

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!

When can I start?
Courses start on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


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
On board 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
Again we travel on board 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 Evolution 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)
Or 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 obtain your Adventure Diver Certification.


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.
Age Restrictions
Minimum age: 15 years old (12 for PADI JUNIOR Open Water Diver)
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.





  • Two Full Evolution Outer Reef Tours with 4 Training Dives
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual
  • Transfers to and from your Cairns City Accommodation
  • PADI Photo Certification Card
  • Two Passport Photos
  • PADI Diver Log Book
  • All Dive Equipment & Wetsuits

What to bring:

  • Sunscreen, hat, change of clothes
  • Swimmers and a towel
  • Cash or Credit Card for additional purchases (Soft Drinks, Chocolates, Underwater Cameras, T-shirts etc.)



Phone: International +61 7 4052 8300
Phone: Australia: 1300 CAIRNS / 1300 224 767
Prices AUD Tour Levy(s)* Total  
(2 days pool/theory, 2 day trips on EVOLUTION + 4 training dives)
$40 $560
PADI Open Water Course (4 Day) + PADI Advanced Course(2 Day)
2 days pool/ theory. 2 day trips on EVOLUTION (4 training dives) + 2 day Advanced Open Water Course on EVOLUTION (inc. Deep Dive, Navigation, Search & Rescue + 2 Elective Dives)
$900 $80 $980 BOOK

* Levies are per person and include EMC (Environmental Management Charge) of $5.50 per day, Port charges of $1.25, administration fee of $3.75 and Fuel Levy of $10 inclusive of GST.
PLEASE NOTE: Discounted price only applies to pre-booked tours (online, direct or through selected agents). These prices may not be available for last minute bookings on the day of travel.