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Learn to Scuba Dive on the Great Barrier Reef: 4-Day PADI Open Water Dive Course provided by Down Under Cruise & Dive

Learn to Scuba Dive on the Great Barrier Reef: 4-Day PADI Open Water Dive Course

Learn to Scuba Dive on the Great Barrier Reef: 4-Day PADI Open Water Dive Course
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About
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest reef system, and there are few better places on earth to learn to scuba dive. This 4-day PADI open water dive course offers the ideal introduction, with expert instruction both in and out of the water, two full-day scuba diving excursions along the Great Barrier Reef including lunch on board, and official PADI dive certification upon completion of the course.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Chinese, English, Italian, Chinese, French
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Chinese, English, Italian, Chinese, French
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Official course for PADI Open Water Dive Certification
Four guided scuba dives along the Great Barrier Reef
Hassle-free daily transfers from your Cairns hotel
Small-group classes of up to eight participants
What to expect
The PADI open water course is the leading certification course for scuba divers and suitable for complete beginners. During your 4-day training course, spend the first two days learning the theory with classroom lessons and practice basic scuba diving skills, safety drills, and correct ascending and descending techniques during training sessions in a swimming pool. Once you are fully prepared, put your skills to the test in the open waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy two full-day cruises, each including two guided scuba dives—four dives in all—and experience the underwater wonders of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your instructor will be with you every step of the way to ensure that you stay safe and maximize your chances of spotting marine life, such as tropical fish, reef sharks, stingrays, and sea turtles. Both cruises include a delicious barbecue buffet lunch served on board. Upon completion of the course, you will receive your PADI Open Water Dive Certificate, which allows you to scuba dive up to a depth of 60 feet (18 meters), join certified dive tours, rent diving equipment, and take part in advanced PADI diving courses.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3253OWD4DAY
Call 000-0800-100-6999
Important information
Inclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off • Professional diver • Two Full Evolution Outer Reef Tours with 4 Training Dives • PADI Open Water Manual • PADI Photo Certification Card • Two Passport Photos • PADI Diver Log Book • All Dive Equipment & Wetsuits
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Gratuities • The listed price does not include a AUD$40 per person levy surcharge, payable at the time of tour check-in. The levy surcharge is required by our local supplier and is not within our control.
Duration
4 days
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Cairns, Cairns, Cairns Region, Queensland
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off • Professional diver • Two Full Evolution Outer Reef Tours with 4 Training Dives • PADI Open Water Manual • PADI Photo Certification Card • Two Passport Photos • PADI Diver Log Book • All Dive Equipment & Wetsuits
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Gratuities • The listed price does not include a AUD$40 per person levy surcharge, payable at the time of tour check-in. The levy surcharge is required by our local supplier and is not within our control.
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Cairns, Cairns, Cairns Region, Queensland
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4 days
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not recommended for pregnant travellers
Not recommended for participants with heart or other serious medical conditions
Diving within 48 hours of flying is not recommended. All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving. Some pre-existing medical conditions (e.g. asthma, heart conditions, etc.) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor
Minimum age is 12 years
Students must be able to complete a basic swimming and floating test to complete this course.
All students must complete a medical questionnaire before commencement of the course. If a medical issue is identified by the course instructor you may be required to obtain a full dive medical 400S.1 at your own expense from a local medical center.
Students must be deemed fit by Dive Doctor before course commences. No asthma
Please bring sunscreen, hat, change of clothes, swimsuit and a towel and cash or credit card for on board payment/purchases (fares, soft drink, chocolates, underwater camera, T-shirts)
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
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Diana P
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Incredibly Beautiful and Amazing!! MUST BOOK!
Feb 2020
I've spent the most amazing time in those 4 days with downunderdiveandcruise on my Open Water Diving Course. My Diving Instructor was Ryan Whiteman and he is the BEST in teaching you diving and keeping you safe and sound under water. Lessons in class were interesting and thanks to his humor and help to get through, not boring at all. Luckily we also were only a class of 3 people which made things easier and quicker to get through!! In the mornings we got picked up from our hostels and had very good communication of meeting earlier as well.
The pool sessions helped a lot to get used to the deep water and using the gear! Great exercises that we were confident in doing on the reef and deeper water.

On the boat the crew is very cool, friendly, happy and helpful. On the reef we saw a lot of the underwater world and stunning corals. We even saw a reef shark, mantray, turtle, lots of beautiful and colorful fishes as well as Nemo :D. Even tho we were all very nervous for our first Dive, Ryan always managed to calm us down and make the dive fun and easy. It was always very clear what to do and to follow his instructions. I felt very safe and enjoyed diving with him and the classmates. I would do it over and over again. Can't wait to come back and visit them.
After we got certified we were welcome to join Ryan and some members of the crew for a nice celebration on the pier in the evening. It was a wonderful closure!!

The course is definitely great value for money. A must book!! ENJOY!
Written 11 February 2020
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Olivia M
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Olivia
Dec 2019 • Solo
Amazing 4 days! The course is well paced with 2 days in the pool and classroom so you get the hang of all your gear and then 2 days on the barrier reef which is incredible! We were able to see so much marine life including turtles and sharks and that was whilst getting out certificate!
Ryan our instructor was incredible! He made the course fun but also very safe!
Definitely recommend this course with dive down under!
Written 16 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ali
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UNBELIEVABLE
Dec 2019 • Friends
Genuinely one of the best experiences of my life, from day one even in the classroom Ryan our instructor really made the whole experience so much fun and easy going. Couple that with the actual barrier reef being breathtaking and you've got a brilliant experience

Can't recommend enough!!
Written 16 December 2019
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Bachngoc N
4 contributions
MUST BOOK W/ THEM AMAZING
Dec 2019 • Solo
We had such an amazing tour!! I was worried that we would see much coral life but we did! The crew is absolutely wonderful and passionate about their job and super helpful! Such an amazing experience would do again!!!!
Written 3 December 2019
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MattyL
1 contribution
Best experience I’ve ever had
Dec 2019 • Solo
Ryan our instructor was a super nice and friendly guy that made this class so easy, comfortable, and ridiculously fun. Half of the group even did the advanced course afterwards since we enjoyed him and the company so much.
Every single crew member on the boat is constantly joking around and smiling and the vibe is ridiculously happy, which of course makes all of the passengers happy. I think everyone is nervous for their first time breathing underwater, Ryan briefed us in the class room and in the pool until we all felt like scuba divers. The ocean felt like no drama at all and was easily one of the top experiences of my life.
Seriously if you go on this boat you will have a good time guaranteed.
The course is worth taking and definitely take it with down under cruises the vibe is amazing.
Written 3 December 2019
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joshcoca
Mijas, Spain3 contributions
Incredible experience
An incredible experience, the best place to learn to scuba dive. Our instructor, Dee, is absolutely awesome!!
Written 16 November 2019
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Shea L
1 contribution
Great instructor and great company
Jul 2019 • Solo
Went for the PADI open waters dive with Ryan as my instructor and I couldn’t recommend booking with this company more! Ryan was really patient and understanding and the people on the boat were so friendly and helpful, I had an amazing experience and can’t wait to be back.
Written 24 July 2019
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Jet07277980376
Hi there, Thank you for your great review! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your PADI open waters dive course with us and that you had a great time learning with Ryan and the boat crew! We'll definitely pass on this feedback to the team. We wish you all the best for all your future dives and hope to see you again in the future :)
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Stefan F
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Fantastic
Jul 2019 • Solo
I had a terrific expierence with this course. It's perfect to make your first steps in scuba-diving, as well as probably the best way to enjoy the great barrier reef. I had a small group, consisting of 5 people. Our instructor, Ryan, was very nice and helpfull and made great effort to teach us scuba-diving and showed as many of the great barrier reef's wonders.
Written 22 July 2019
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Jet07277980376
Thanks so much for your review. We will definitely pass your feedback onto Ryan! So glad to hear you had such a great time diving the Great Barrier Reef and we hope to see you again in the future.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

langjo
Nuremberg, Germany5 contributions
Padi 4d Diving Course - Just Perfect
May 2019 • Friends
Perfect organization and crew , thanks to our great instructor Ryan.

A great and recommendable experience.
Written 8 May 2019
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Excellent Instruction and Value
Apr 2019 • Solo
I shopped around for the PADI OW and am glad I went with down under. Thorough and knowledgable instructor (Ryan). Fundamentals are drilled. Good value.

In comparison to ProDive, the instruction is more personal. ProDive has larger class sizes and is more of a turn-the-crank PADI machine. You get fewer (6 vs 11), shorter, and less nice locations with Down Under but save 1 day and $300. Plus the dives are for training anyway, so the tradeoff is a no-brainer.

Put that $300 towards a liveaboard like Rum Runner instead.
Written 1 May 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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scmikili
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Totally professional and brilliant
Absolute professionals. Allen and shannon were great instructors. Now I have a phobia of fish and they both knew th
kazbret
kazbret
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Excellent day on a beautiful boat at the Great Barrier Reef
We had a fantastic day on board the Evolution. The staff and crew were very friendly and helpful. I loved the sno
RikkiAdventures
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An amazing day all round!
Amazing day with such a fun and experienced crew! totally recommend. Went to two great snorkelling spots, delish lu
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Memorable and wonderful trip, truly recommend snorkelling with down and under
Recently did Reef day tour and scuba dive with vegan lunch options To start, lovely staff, very caring and proper
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Snorkelling on the Reef from Me gets a Great Big Tick - Truly an Amazing Experience..
Extremely excited as it was my First time to the Reef. My ticket to board the Evolution Down under was a Birthday p
530jemmas
530jemmas
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Best experience
Was perfect for what we were looking for : full day, lunch provided, not too big, great snorkelling gear and staff.
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Nice day out
Went out for a day on the reef with my wife, weather wasn’t the best but they warned us prior to use travelcalm. Ba
atravellerBrisbane
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Day on the Reef
The crew are very professional, helpful & entertaining. The Evolution comfortable in the rough conditions. Lunch m
SRG53
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Great reef experience
Nice big boat, comfortable even though it was rough, crew super helpful and enthusiastic... can’t go wrong on the p
molly2389
molly2389
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Amazing
We had an amazing experience even though the weather wasn't great and i got really seasick but the team is very pro
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Fantastic day with friendly and caring crew
Fantastic day the reef was beautiful and Snorkelling was amazing.The staff were very friendly and caring,food was g
auscibo
auscibo
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So glad we chose this tour
From the minute we booked, our experience was positive. The booking was easy and staff professional and helpful. Th
188harshadc
188harshadc
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Great tour worth it
I m Harshad from Melbourne it was really great experience we did for one day everything worked well 5*
mandysaul
mandysaul
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An amazing trip to the reef
Such an amazing day. Eddie was so welcoming and Shannon took some amazing photos of us. We saw turtles and so many
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Locals get on board
This is a great day out for locals as they really look after you with the discount. The team are witty, fun and fri