Learn To Scuba Dive: 4 Day Great Barrier Reef PADI Open Water Course Day Trips - Adults (age 12-64)

Learn To Scuba Dive: 4 Day Great Barrier Reef PADI Open Water Course Day Trips

4 days Parramatta Park, Australia

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Learn to scuba dive with Cairns longest established dive school. Our instructors are all qualified and dedicated to your success.
Minimum age is 10 years old. (Ratios apply)

Learn to Dive in just two classroom and pool training days, and two separate day trips aboard SeaQuest! Come and join us for the adventure of a lifetime learning to dive on the magnificent Outer Barrier Reef with Cairns most established and renowned dive operator. On completion of your four certification dives you will get the opportunity to do one 'fun dive' (time permitting).

Our classes start every day of the week, except on Wednesdays.

If you are enrolling in an entry-level recreational diving certificate you must, prior to commencing the training, complete and submit a self assessed medical declaration form:
Medical Declaration for Entry-Level Certificate Divers
If it has been identified on the stated document that you:
(a) have or have had any of the medical conditions mentioned in the medical declaration; or
(b) are over 45 years old; or
(c) have a body mass index over 30 AND a waist circumference greater than 102 cm for males and 88 cm for females;
then the person must provide an English language dive medical certificate from a doctor, certifying that the person is medically fit to dive.

Stop At:

• Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland Australia


  • Use of SCUBA equipment
  • All PADI Materials
  • Air fills
  • Lunch onboard boat while at sea
  • PADI Open Water Certification (if completed)


  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs

Departure Point

319 Draper St, Parramatta Park QLD 4870, Australia

Traveler pickup is offered
We offer complimentary pick-up and drop-offs to our students from and to any Cairns City Hotels.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • All participants are required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving, a link to the form will be provided upon ticket confirmation; some pre-existing medical conditions (e.g. asthma, heart conditions, etc.) may prevent you from diving; please consult your doctor.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons


25 Reviews

Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews

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F8282IXlucieb October 2021

Thank you Divers Den for this amazing first diving experience. I felt safe and confident with the calm, professionalism and enthusiasm of my amazing instructors Anton and Louis. I recommend 100%

travelsb2017 September 2021

I enjoyed being around like minded people who have an appreciation for the ocean and marine life and learning about the the Great Barrier Reef. The staff were very professional and left me feeling confident with the new skills I learned. They had great knowledge about the reef and helped me identify a lot of the new marine animals I seen that were unfamiliar. All the staff and other students I met made my experience that much better. Hopefully I will run into some of them again one day.

397henrya August 2021

We had an amazing time with Divers Den. I would like to specially thank a few staff members who truly made the experience memorable. Without the following staff it would have been just another scuba course. We really really think that these staff turned what would have been a regular experience into an amazing one! Instructor Mel - You helped us through the first two days of theory and pool work. Your guidance really prepared us for our two days diving on the reef. Not to mention making the whole ‘learning’ experience fun! Instructor Tobias - Tobias, your control of our group and your firm grip on all the safety requirements were very much appreciated. We not only felt safe but we were able to enjoy our time learning to dive! Thank you Tobias! Divemaster (training!) Anna - We had the good fortune of having Anna help us with the pool work and then also on the reef. I can speak for our whole group when I say that without you being there the whole time we would not have had such an enjoyable time. Go Anna!!! I would be amiss not to mention Danica in the office who helped us book the whole the experience through the current circumstances!! Thanks.

kirmit0506 April 2021

Totally professional operation from first contact to the completion of our course. Our instructors Mel and Andrea were fantastic. They provided the skills, safety, support and encouragement required for a family of four including 2 teenagers to become certified divers on completion. The crew on board both vessels made our trip so enjoyable. Onboard the accommodation, facilities, equipment and meals could not be faulted. Thankyou to all for making our experience successful, fun and memorable.

megsystravels March 2021

Completed 2 live aboard introduction scuba dive experiences on board the Ocean Quest the past 2 weekends in a row. Absolutely amazing experience , professional exceptional staff, in every department from the initial shop experience ty Sabene, the Ocean Questers , hotel, dive , catering, and the volunteer staff. Special thanks to all staff on both weekends (a little different each weekend ) Captain Tom a fun interactive Captain , Engineer Chris keeps the hot water showers flowing - amazing Jordon ,Tom, Levi Purser /Hotel staff. The amazing Chefo Chris kept us very happy and grateful with delicious meals every meal and we were never hungry. Coffee, Tea, Fresh fruit avail all day. The amazing Dive masters and guides ( nothing was ever any trouble all the boys made me feel very supported, confident, unique, their personal investment in my experience and enjoyment teaching this old girl (57) to enjoy and embrace the Scuba experience was something I will never forget and am extremely indebted. Thanks go to Toby, Roman, James, Mario all were my amazing dive masters /teachers. My Snorkel guru Josh so humble and knowledgeable and a great swimmer. All of the Volunteer staff on board both weekends Hannah, Dylan, Maria and a few others who’s names escape me but not forgotten (just my terrible memory with so many names ) you all also contributed to the 2 most memorable weekends for me in such a long time. The Mv Ocean Quest is a well fitted out vessel with exceptionally comfortable accommodation with ensuite facilities including hot showers and warm bedding, the bar, lounge and public deck areas are also very well thought out and comfortable. The Dive Deck is organised and a very well run operation, with safety being paramount, it’s very spacious and such a fun atmosphere despite the participation level, be it dive , snorkel , sharks in the dark or just on deck to watch the action. The whole experience was nothing but 5 star and I will be back again. I will also be sure to encourage my family, interstate friends and local comrades to give Divers Den the first opportunity for all their diving , snorkelling and reef trip experiences.

W1911FXstevea December 2020

A huge thank you to every individual staff member onboard the Reef Quest day boat and Ocean Quest liveaboard boat. They were all so accomodating and cheerful while making us feel so welcome and safe during our training & dives over the past couple of months. Could not imagine a better group of people to spend Christmas with. Can’t wait to come back for more training and dive experiences!

559jessp September 2020

I have just completed the 4 day PADI open water course and could not be happier. Special shout out to Jarryd and Mel who were my instructors! With 2 days doing pool and theory and 2 day trips on the reef, I felt completely confident in my skills as a diver by the end of the course. The instructors and the whole crew on board the AquaQuest were great. Would highly recommend DiversDen for all your diving/snorkelling needs. I will probably be signing up to do my advanced course in the coming weeks. Thanks for a great time guys Sincerely, Very satisfied customer

tiffietifftiff August 2020

Just finished my 4 day PADI open water course today! Have done 2 days in the pool and 2 days in the Great Barrier Reef. Anais is a very nice teacher, she can explain all the diving-related questions you asked :D I love the Divers Den crew too! So friendly and helpful! The photographer takes good pictures and if you ask her to take more, she will :D and she will teach you to pose and guide you to take good pictures! $79 for 2 people’s pictures plus fish and reef pictures with USB ;)

918derekt March 2020

I had an amazing time getting certified and diving the Great Barrier Reef. I did the 4 day course(two day class/pool and two day/one night live aboard). My dive instructor Jen was amazing and walked me through every step of the way. Highly recommend Divers den for anyone looking to learn Scuba.

beckybakx March 2020

Many thanks from a very happy couple to Divers Den. We spent 4 days in training for our diving licence. I saw Nemo and Dory!!! along with sharks, a beautiful turtle and so much more. The boat we stayed on was amazing, clean, comfortable, excellent food and service. The crew were all so friendly and thoughtful. A massive thankyou though to our instructor in particular, Emily. She was brilliant. Our whole team loved her. She was so calm underwater and not only was she great at what she does but she was also great at teaching it. Could not recommend her or Divers Den enough. Worth every cent. We also highly recomemd staying at least one night on Ocean Quest out on the reef. I could have stayed a week. <3

Kartini D February 2020

Fantastic course with Mak! I was really anxious in the beginning, but he was super patient and encouraging throughout the whole process. Our 2 trips to the reef were amazing - definitely recommend to anyone who is thinking about getting certified!

Zoelouhoo January 2020

I had done a lot of research into diving companies to complete my PADI open water referral course and I had completed the theory and confined dives in the UK prior to my trip to Oz. The boarding/check in process was pretty hectic and made me feel very anxious about doing my open water dives as I had done my confined dives 2 months earlier but I was put in a group with 6 other students who had done their confined dives and theory literally the day before so there knowledge was a lot fresher. As you are on the boat with 55+ people who may just be doing a snorkel day tour or a try dive, it would have been nice to have had a better introduction from the check in at the dive shop to help put me at ease of what I would expect front he course. During my first dive I panicked unfortunately and could not complete the required elements however this was when I experienced the great customer service from some of the crew members onboard. Rich the onboard supervisor was very supportive and calming in the first instance and made me feel so much better. A huge shout out to Mel who really made my experience because she was so helpful in making sure I understood what my options were before my next dive and she showed genuine care and support. She also kept following up with me, at the end of the day and during the next days dives. Finally, Anna my dive instructor was awesome, without her I wouldn’t have been able to get through it so thank you so much, your efforts did not go unnoticed.

Explorer388777 January 2020

Highly recommend Divers Den if you're like me and want to accomplish a life goal of getting certified as a diver. My instructor Mak was friendly, knowledgeable, and eased my nerves. I had one day in class, another in the pool, and two days on the live aboard on the beautiful Great Barrier Reef. Five dives a day are offered on the live aboard. It was an amazing way to start off 2020. Do something everyday that scares your family! Thanks to everyone at Divers Den and the crew on Ocean Quest for making my trip to the GBR unforgettable!!!

466mathieum January 2020

I did a refresher and the rest of my group did the PADI open water course prior to going on a 2 night 3 day live aboard the Ocean Quest. The experience was wonderul, the staff and crew were very helpful and eager to help anyone. For those anxious about diving, the diving crew were very professional and safe and take great care of you. Tegan, Remily and Anna were wonderful. Food was great and rooms were confortable with your own in-room bathroom. We got to see plentry of marine life such as reef sharks, eagle rays, a mutitude of colorful fish and beautiful coral reefs. I would gladly come back.

Davidrotherham December 2019

We had an amazing experience with divers den both in the dive centre and the three days we spent on the liveaboard. The boat was run incredibly efficiently, the staff were all friendly and the food was very good. However, our experience was really enhanced by our instructor maddie, who took us from completely clueless in the pool to feeling comfortable on our dives alone within a few days. She is friendly, relaxed and fun to be around, but equally serious when she needs to be. We could not have asked for more from an instructor. Overall, I would highly recommend divers den to anyone looking to learn to dive (like us) or more experienced divers. The reefs we visited were incredible.

ilikeello December 2019

My boyfriend and I have just finished our first advanced open water course at divers den with instructor Neil. Neil was professional and very accountable. Initially, I had trouble clearing a flooded mask. Neil was very patient and gave me lots of encouragement. I became more confident as the course progressed. 我和男朋友十二月刚刚结束了divers den的中文进阶潜水课程。教练是一位台湾男生,超级专业也超级有耐心!刚开始我总是喜欢用嘴呼吸所以做不好面镜排水,Neil都非常耐心的帮我讲解也一直在给我鼓励。

619felixp December 2019

I booked the budget Open Water course. The first 2 days will be spend with completing the theory, which was very easy and much of it is common sense and getting to know and operate with the scuba gear and what to do if something goes wrong. It can be a bit boring sometimes, but you have to get though it. After that you have 4 dives over the course of 2 days on the GBR, where you're newly learned skills are tested in the open water and some fun divining with your group. Then depending on what Open Water course you have booked you have one or more "fun dives" with a buddy (a friend or someone new) or an instructor (costs extra). Anna and Anthony were great instructors who teach you with patience and passion for diving. They know a lot so feel free to ask! Sadly some parts of the GBR you can really see the effects of the warmer water and pollution with a lot of corall bleaching and dirty water, while some parts look very beautiful. If you have the time and money, I would advise to book one of the courses where you stay at least one night on the GBR That way you will see way more of the GBR and it's colorful inhabitants. Also having a friend with you can greatly increase the fun you have in your buddy dives. If you're alone, it is no problem, but it can be tiresome if you're not on the same level with your buddy.

Idocohenkerem December 2019

Firstly the Open Water diving course, led by Mal and Mak was fantastic. We did 2 days on shore, learning the basics, then did 2 days at sea on the Great Barrier Reef. The first two days were very thorough and educating. The next two were hands on experience, which were outstanding! Thank you guys for that great experience. Secondly, the Advanced Open Water course was extraordinary in every way possible! Alice the instructor, Michi the istructor in training, and Ash the instructor i did the night dive with, were out of this world. They went over everything needed very thoroughly and made sure we understood everything. There's no need to say how amazing the Great Barrier Reef is, but the instructors and staff on the boat made the experience so much more than expected. If i could give them a higher ranking i would definitely do so! Thank you all for one of the best experiences of my life!

Benedicte M December 2019

I've completed my PADI open water course with Divers Den and spent some days on Ocean Quest. Amazing experience, and a great introduction to the world of diving. My instructor, Nicola, was awesome and made sure that everyone was comfortable. Highly recommend!

Alexberglund123 December 2019

Did my open-water course with Maddie as instructor. Great teacher and The diving was awesome, would recommend!

Annie G November 2019

I recently went out from Port Douglas with Divers Den. What a fantastic crew ! So enthusiastic and encouraging. A wonderful experience that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend

Margarita D November 2019

Great experience!! Special thanks for my instructor Woody who made me feel very safe. I was a bit scared of diving at when I first got in the boat. Woody had a lot of patience explaining me every step of the diving process making me confident that I could do it and actually enjoy it. Thank you Adam and everyone at the Divers Den crew for letting me enjoy this wondefrul experience as a voluntieer.

S2339XRbrandont November 2019

Just finished the PADI open water course with 1 night on the ocean quest. Couldn't have asked for a better experience. My instructor, Ashley, was well trained and fun to work with and answered all our questions. Also, this course is good for solo travellers if you want to meet people as it is usually fully booked. Thanks again ash.

tivaniw October 2019

Had one of the best experiences of my life on 3 night liveaboard on OceanQuest. After 2 days of theory and pool training, you departed on the day boat, completed 2 training dives, before being transferred onto the liveaboard OceanQuest. Then the fun begins! Great liveaboard vessel and crew. Food was plentiful, delicious healthy food, with gluten free options. Five dives per day. You got “wake up call” at 5.45 for a sunrise dive, come back for heart healthy breakfast, and go back for 2 more dives before lunch. After lunch, you can take a nap or chill, then have one afternoon dive before dinner. After dinner, get ready for a night dive. Then back to your room, take hot shower, and delicious dessert is served! (think freshly baked gluten free cake and ice cream!). Yum! For 4 days and 3 nights I felt well looked after. You do nothing but dive. It was like a diving retreat! Clean tidy room, very comfy bed, and clean hot shower en-suite. I had very good sleep. Climate control is very good as I didn’t feel cold, damp or hot inside. No visible mould. Sunrise dives are the best! Saw yellowtail and chevron barracudas, Green turtles, bumphead parrotfish, moray, pufferfish, giant trivally, lots of sharks (grey reef sharks, blacktip, whitetip). Good visibility (20m). Healthy reef. Full of marine lives. Magical. Crew was efficient, dive masters were great, and made me felt very safe. Open Water instructor (Anna) was nice but needs a bit more experience I think. Would’ve given 5 stars if not for the disappointment with AOW Instructor (Rosie) who seemed cold, tired and just mumbled. Didn’t feel like learning much from her. :( I had one guided dive with “Natalie” whom I think was awesome! She has a genuinely warm personality and would have made a wonderful instructor! So, if you want to do a diving course with this company, make sure you read the reviews and pick the right instructor(s) before you sign on!
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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