5 Day PADI Open Water

Down Under Dive

  • 2 Days pool/theory
  • 3 Day Trips on Osprey
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5 Day PADI Open Water Info

5 Day PADI Open Water Course

Have you always wanted to experience the splendour and beauty of the underwater world? Plunge down under on an adventure to discover the world’s most diverse ecosystem the Great Barrier Reef! Picture yourself face to face with sea turtles, tropical fish and many other different species of marine life that will have you screaming for more.

Down Under Cruise and Dive offer professional, friendly and attentive dive instructors who will provide the expert tuition on a 5 day learn to dive course to qualify you as an internationally recognised PADI scuba diver.

What will I do on the course?
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

1. Knowledge Development in a classroom to understand basic principles of scuba diving
2. Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
3. 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.


  • 2 days pool/ theory + 3 day trips on Osprey V inc. 4 training dives + 3 Fun Dives
  • PADI Open Water Manual
  • Transfers to and from your Cairns City Accommodation
  • PADI Photo Certification Card
  • Two Passport Photos
  • PADI Diver Log Book
  • All Dive Equipment & Wetsuits

Courses Commence:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Course Itinerary:

Day 1 (Classroom/Pool Training) - Medical checks and paperwork completed on site at 8am, before classroom and video sessions commence. Then the afternoon pool training session begins.

Day 2 (Classroom/Pool Training) - Classroom and video sessions re-commence and small exam completed. Finalise your skills in the training pool.

Day 3 (Great Barrier Reef) - Onboard Osprey V travel to two exclusive dive sites on the 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 travel onboard Osprey V to dives 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.

Day 5 (Great Barrier Reef) - again onboard Osprey V you can experience the freedom of being a certified diver by enjoying 3 certified dives at the Outer Reef. 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.


M.V. Osprey V is a state of the art high-speed 35-metre (120ft) vessel, cruising at up to 30 knots, providing comfort and safety for a maximum of 100 passengers. With less travel time, you’ll spend more time at the Reef!

Experience two different reef destinations such as Norman, Saxon, Hastings or Michaelmas Reef. Reef sites are chosen on the day to ensure the best protection and underwater visibility according to weather conditions. Expect to see spectacular coral formations and masses of brilliantly coloured fish.

Trip Inclusions:

  • 5 hours spent visiting 2 outer reef locations
  • Snorkelling gear
  • Aussie BBQ lunch including steak, fish, prawns, sausages and tropical salads (vegetarians are catered for)
  • FREE tea, coffee and biscuits, complimentary glass of wine, cheese and fruit platter on return journey
  • Live on-board entertainment on return journey

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.)


  • 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 of $55.
  • Minimum requirements: 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.

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