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Open Water Dive Course in Cairns (4 Days/1 Night)

Divers Den

Open Water Dive Course in Cairns | 4 DAY

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Spend 4 days of your holiday completing your open water dive course and you won’t look back. Learning to dive is a game-changer. It'll change the way you travel and make every holiday you ever book even better.



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Learn to Dive Itinerary:

*please be advised that all tour itineraries are subject to change as per supplier terms and conditions


Day 1:

9am: Pick ups begin from your Cairns city accommodation

Morning session: 

First you will meet your instructor, fill out the appropriate paperwork and then begin your PADI Open Water dive theory. 


Lunch is not included on pool days, but you can take a packed lunch (there are kitchen facilities at the dive centre) or there are plenty of places to eat nearby.

Afternoon session: 

Time to jump right in and begin your scuba skills training in the pool

5.15pm: You will undertake a tread water test\

5.30pm: Drop off back to Cairns city accommodation


Day 2:

9am: Pick ups begin from Cairns city accommodation.

Morning session: 

You will continue developing your scuba skills in the pool today and complete a 200m swim test. After your swim test you will put on your wetsuit and equipment for more skills training.

Lunch: As per previous day.

Afternoon Session: 

You will this afternoon, finish and review your scuba dive knowledge and theory, then finish the day’s training with a multiple choice exam.

5.30pm: Drop off back at Cairns city accommodation


Day 3:

7.30am-8am: Pick ups happen from Cairns city accommodation, following this check in at the dive centre and board the shuttle to Cairns Marlin Marina for your trip

8.30am: Set off for the reef on board the overnight vessel OceanQuest. During your 90-minute cruise to the outer reef, your instructor will give you a full briefing on what to expect and safety rules and guidelines on board the vessel.

11.30am: You will arrive at the reef

12pm: Lunch is served.

1pm: After lunch it’s now time for your first dive adventure on the reef.

3pm: You will now jump in for your second epic reef dive

6pm: Sit back and relax, while taking in and enjoying the views from the deck of the oceanquest, then sit down to a delicious dinner served by the onboard chef and crew.

6.30pm: This evening provided that conditions permit, you may have the chance to enjoy the exclusive Sharks in the Dark experience!

8pm: Dessert served up

10.30pm: Bar closes and time to settle in for the night


Day 4: 

7.30am: Up and at it, it’s time to wake up to sunrise on the reef, what an epic and magical sigh it is too. Served up to get your day going is a delicious hot breakfast.

8.30am: First activity of the day is to complete your final training dive, after this dive you will now be a certified PADI scuba diver.

10.30am: If time permits you’ll be able to hit the water for your first certified, “fun dive”.

12pm: Checkout of your lodgings

12.30pm: Lunch is served up

2.30pm: Now it’s time to board the transfer vessel and return to Cairns Marina and transfer back to your accommodation.

Return transfers from the Northern Beaches $75.00 Valid from 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021 – payable on the day of travel




Day 1:  Pickup 9.00am, brought to the shop


Day 2: Pickup 9.00am, brought to the shop


Day 3:  Pickup 7.30am, check-in at the boat 8.00am


Returns: 5.00pm, Days 1, 2 and 4



All required PADI training materials

All dive and snorkel equipment, including air fills, and full skilled tuition

Fresh chilled water, tea and coffee

Two to three outer reef locations per day

Meals on board OceanQuest

Transfers to Cairns accommodation




Snacks and beverages

Photo purchases

Digital camera hire

Quality souvenirs

Dive medical (If required due to medical reasons, past or present)

Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen

Swimsuit and towel

Overnight bag with changes of clothing, including warm clothing and socks for overnight wear

Eco friendly Toiletries

Sea sickness tablets if required


In the event you cancel your booking with us, the following charges will apply:

  • Group cancellations will be subject to Group Terms and Conditions (see below).
  • Any amendment made to a Travel Date will be deemed to be a cancellation, and will be subject to the charges set out in this document.
  • Should you fail to load in time for our scheduled departure for any reason, you will not receive a refund of your tour costs. The vessel departure will not be delayed due to your late arrival. This includes factors beyond your control including medical problems, airline delays, bad weather, etc. – Competition and Consumer Act 2010.
  • No refund or compensation will be given for any unused equipment or prepaid/pre-booked courses or guides in the event you are unable to complete the entire tour.

Trip-specific Cancellation Fees

Cairns Outer Reef Day Trips & Outer Reef Liveaboard Trips

  • More than 24 hours before course/trip commencement date: No Charge
  • Within 24 hours of course/trip commencement: Full course/trip fee

Minke Whale Expeditions

  • ALL trip fees are required to be paid in full 30 days before trip commencement date.
  • Bookings made within 30 days must be paid in full at the time of booking.
  • Cancellation within 60 days and more than 22 days before trip commencement date: 20% cancellation fee
  • Cancellation within 21 days of trip commencement: No refund

Open Water Courses

  • DAY 1: Failed Medicals will receive a full refund*. Cancellation for any other reason incurs an AUD$160 cancellation fee.
  • DAY 2 – AUD$230 cancellation fee.
  • AFTER DAY 2 – No refund will be given.
  • Day trip course schedules can NOT be altered.

*If a student fails the 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$115.00.

Professional Courses

  • Deposits are non-refundable.
  • More than 30 days before course commencement date: 20% of course fee
  • Within 30 days of course commencement: Full course fee.

All cancellations are subject to a minimum of a 10% service fee.

Group Terms and Conditions

Our Group Cancellation Policy applies to bookings of six or more people.

Day Trips

  • Cancellation within 30 days and more than 7 days notice: 20% cancellation fee
  • Cancellation within 7 days: No refund

Minke Whale Expeditions

  • Cancellations 6 months or more before trip: 25% of deposit
  • Cancellations between 6 months and 60 days: 35%
  • Cancellations within 60 days: No refund

Trip Itinerary changes

  • We will endeavour to adhere to the advertised itinerary, but reserve the right to alter the itinerary or cut short the tour in the event of medical emergency, inclement weather conditions, or for reasons involving passenger, crew or vessel safety, at the sole discretion of the Master of the Vessel.
  • A severe storm or named cyclone in the region may delay our departure or require the trip to be cut short or cancelled. If travelling in the cyclone season (December to April) we advise the purchase of (well prior the due Travel Date), insurance that covers force majeure events (being events outside the control of the parties, such as natural disasters).
  • In the event that the advertised itinerary is altered or the tour is cut short in accordance with clauses above:

a)     We will not be liable to provide a refund for your booking, or the unused portion of your booking;
b)    We do not accept any liability whatsoever for any loss or out of pocket costs, howsoever caused (whether direct or indirect), as a result of the cancellation or change to the itinerary; and
c)     You may choose one of the following options:

  1. Accept new arrangements that might, at our absolute discretion, be made by us; or
  2. Accept a replacement tour from us of equivalent standard and price that, subject to availability, might be offered by us at our absolute discretion.
  3. In the event of a mechanical breakdown, you accept that we will only be obliged to refund fees on a pro rata basis, and will not be responsible for alternative accommodation or tours, nor will we be liable for any other direct or indirect loss, expense, inconvenience or disappointment.

Divers Den reserves the right to change vessel, dive locations and price without notice.

Medical Conditions

  • Some medical conditions may preclude a person from diving. Please check the medical conditions on our website or contact us for further details.
  • Please note that any medicals required should be completed well before the day of departure. If in any doubt please contact us prior to trip departure.
  • Upon arriving at our vessel, and before commencing any dive activities, we will require all customers to complete our liability forms. All information provided must be strictly accurate.
  • If during the tour it becomes apparent that a form has been incorrectly, by omission or false statement, we reserve the right to prevent any customer from undertaking any scuba diving / Snorkelling activities while on board our vessel. Any decision made in this regard will be at the absolute discretion of the Dive Supervisor aboard the vessel.
  • Medicals are no longer mandatory for Open Water Courses but may be required on completion of self-assessment form. Copies available here

Insurance Advice

  • We strongly recommend that all customers purchase a Comprehensive Travel Insurance Policy that covers them for personal injury and the events, including but not limited to, your cancellation for any reason, and the cancellation or alteration to the scheduled itinerary for reasons involving weather or passenger, crew or vessel safety.
  • We strongly recommend that all customers also purchase Evacuation and Medical cover for scuba diving. Scuba diving and In-water activities are not covered by all Travel Insurance Policies, and policy wordings should be read carefully. It is important to note that in the event a customer requires medical emergency services; the evacuation, medical, and vessel relocation expenses are at the financial responsibility of the customer.
  • Divers Alert Network (DAN)  & Dive Assure  offer comprehensive insurance packages specifically for scuba divers. In particular, Dive Assure offer a liveaboard Rider (insurance) which includes coverage specific to liveaboard trips such as flight cancellations or delays resulting in missed liveaboard departures, vessel mechanical failures, medical inability to dive, inclement weather (in addition to named storms/cyclones) and other incidents.

Scuba Diving

  • We require all Certified Divers to present a valid Certification Card. Failure to show a Certification Card may result in the customer not being able to dive on the tour. This includes but is not limited to dive equipment that varies from standard and any specialty cards needed such as Full Face Mask Distinctive Specialty or Nitrox.
  • Our tours are subject to the risks and perils of scuba diving in changeable conditions in an open water environment. We reserve the right, for our customer’s safety and/ or the safety of our crew or other scuba divers, to prevent any customer’s participation in scuba diving if they are deemed physically or medically unfit to do so or in our sole discretion.
  • No compensation is offered if you should be unable to complete all offered dives
  • We strongly recommend a wait of 24 hours before flying after diving.
  • You must not participate in scuba diving or snorkelling whilst under the influence of alcohol or any drugs. We shall have no liability to any customer should they participate in diving or snorkelling whilst under the influence of alcohol or any drugs. We may refuse entry to the water in the event we have reasonable grounds to expect a customer has consumed alcohol or drugs within a timeframe that could, in any way, affect their ability to scuba dive/snorkel safely. Any decision made in this regard will be at the absolute discretion of the Dive Supervisor aboard the vessel.
  • If any equipment or property belonging to us is damaged or lost we reserve the right to charge the customer responsible to make good the damage or loss.
  • To participate in scuba diving/snorkelling, ALL customers are required to agree to, and sign, our liability forms relevant to the activity they will be undertaking.
  • Rental dive equipment used is BCD, Regulator with 1st Stage, Primary and alternate 2nd Stage, Gauges with Dive Computer, emergency signalling equipment, including a high visibility signalling device, for example, a safety sausage; and an audible signalling device (e.g. a whistle). If you are bringing your own equipment you must have at a minimum BCD, Regulator with 1st Stage, Primary and alternate 2nd Stage, Gauges and Dive Computer, emergency signalling equipment, including a high visibility signalling device, for example, a safety sausage; and an audible signalling device (e.g. a whistle). If your equipment varies from this you must contact us prior to travel to verify suitability.

Image Use/Privacy

  • The passenger acknowledges and gives consent for Divers Den Investments Pty Ltd by itself or through an agent to take photographs, audio or video recordings, or other forms of recordings that capture the passenger’s image, likeness, voice, performance or all of these (“Images”) during the course of this activity / tour. The passenger acknowledges and gives consent for Divers Den Investments Pty Ltd to receive and use Images of the passenger from other.
  • Divers Den Investments Pty Ltd may use Images for marketing and promoting its services. The ways in which the Images will be used for marketing purposes include, but are not limited to, incorporating the Images in print, broadcast, internet media, direct marketing channels, downloadable content and applications, and all other media, platform or technology now known or to be developed for distribution around the world. The Images may be altered, modified, changed, combined or incorporated into other works. The images may be published internationally within printed brochures or websites, and hosted in data centres outside of Australia.
  • The passenger has a right to request access to the passenger’s Images and to correction of those Images to ensure they are complete and not misleading. However, the passenger acknowledges that if the Images have been incorporated into marketing materials, it may not be reasonably practicable for Divers Den Investments Pty Ltd to make any changes to the Images. The passenger authorises Divers Den Investments Pty Ltd to refuse the request to correction in such circumstances.

View Entrada Travel Group Privacy Policy

Spoken Languages

  • English is the language spoken on board our tours
  • We have staff than can communicate in various languages, please contact us is you have specific requirements.
  • We in no way guarantee any spoken language other than English, unless otherwise pre-arranged agreement has been made with us.

Age Restrictions

  • Overnight Trips: Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian.
  • Day Trips: Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian. A 16 or 17 year old may travel if we have prior written parental consent and must have the relevant liability forms signed by a parent or Guardian.
  • Open Water Courses: The minimum age is 10 to participate in a PADI Open Water Course. Any person under the age of 18 must have the relevant liability forms signed by a parent or Guardian.
  • Introductory diving: The minimum age is 12 to participate in introductory dive. Any person under the age of 18 must have the relevant liability forms signed by a parent or Guardian.


  • During time on board our vessel, customers will be close proximity with other guests and our crew. Should any customer conduct themselves in an abusive, inappropriate or threatening manner or in any other way so as to make themselves objectionable to fellow guests or our crew, we reserve the right to have them leave the vessel at the earliest opportunity. The Master of the Vessel has the absolute discretion to make any decisions in this regard and the decision of the Master of the Vessel will be final. We will not give any refund of tour costs if a customer is unable to complete the tour because they have been removed at the Master’s decision.


  • The laws of Queensland apply in relation to these Terms and Conditions and our business.
  • It is a fundamental condition of this contract between you, and/or your client and us, that to the extent permitted by law, we (including our directors, employees, agents and independent contractors) are discharged and indemnified by you /or your client (including by your /or your clients executor(s), administrator(s) and dependent(s)) from any liability for any loss, damage, death or injury whatsoever arising out of, or incidental to, this diving trip and other services provided by us, whether or not such damage or personal injury is caused or contributed to by us.
  • You/or your client acknowledge and agree that:
    • They will be participating in activities, which are undertaken for the purposes of recreation and involve a significant degree of physical exertion and/or physical risk;
    • They are aware of the risks of injury associated with your participation in this diving trip and agree to voluntarily assume such risk; and
    • The use of any equipment hired or loaned by us is entirely at their own risk.
    • Notwithstanding the above, we reserve the right to rely upon any limitation of liability and/or defence available under any applicable law(s) and/or international convention(s) for any claim made by you or your client against us.

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Getting your open water course is an absolute game changer, it’ll change the way you travel and open up a world of opportunities on every holiday you ever go on. 

Divers Den in Cairns offer an incredible budget-friendly 4 day 1 night open water dive course that we think is a must do for any budding scuba diver. 

You’ll spend 2 days learning the craft and developing your skills in the classroom theory and pool sessions. This is essential to complete before hitting the open water and getting into the fun stuff. 

After you’ve completed your time on the mainland you’ll be whisked off aboard the custom built dive boat for an overnight liveaboard experience on the Outer Great Barrier Reef. 

(If you can think of a better classroom than The Great Barrier Reef then please let us know).

Onboard you can expect all-inclusive experience. Your guides and instructors will take you to three different outer reef locations per day where you’ll complete all your training dives as well as a ‘fun dive’ once your certification is complete. 

When you’re not diving feel free to snorkel, kick back and relax or have fun with the crew. 

Back on shore you’ll have your open water card in hand and onto your next adventure. 

Divers Den, 4 day 1 Night open water dive course. As we said, it’s a game changer. 

We did a 4 day/3 night trip on Ocean Quest and was our second trip – did not disappoint! The crew were awesome – especially Alice and Levi who were both amazing guides and kept us entertained for the whole trip!!



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