Cairns Dive Centre (CDC) has been teaching divers in Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef since 1983. CDC is recognised as a PADI 5-star Instructor Development Centre, with elearning or traditional in-class methods for learning theory. Some wish to experience dive courses on-board one of our 3 dive boats, or in Cairns' only dive resort on the magnificent Fitzroy Island.

CDC also offers different options for you to complete the PADI Open Water Diver Course:

  • learn to dive in the crystalline waters off Fitzroy Island
  • spend the day travelling and diving on the Great Barrier Reef
  • spend 2 days / 1 night at sea on our live on board for an unforgettable overnight experience on the Great Barrier Reef

We run PADI Open Water Diver courses starting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The first day for each course starts at 8am at the CDC shop.

Please make sure you are fit to dive.  Click here for more details.


We have four options for the PADI Open Water Diver Course.  Note that day 1 and day 2 for all options are classroom and pool days.

  • ISLAND & REEF 4 Days $520 - Day 3 is a day trip to Fitzroy Island to complete dives 1 and 2.  Day 4 is a day trip on the Sunkist vessel to the Great Barrier Reef (outer reefs) to complete dives 3 and 4.
     
  • REEF & REEF 4 Days $610 - Day 3 and 4 are both day trips on the Sunkist vessel to the Great Barrier Reef (outer reefs) to complete all 4 dives.  2 each day.
     
  • KANGAROO EXPLORER 4 Days $740 - You will stay for 2 days and 1 night onboard our live-aboard vessel Kangaroo Explorer.  Here you will complete all 4 dives to complete the course.  You will also get to enjoy 1 fun dive as certified PADI Open Water Diver.
     
  • KANGAROO EXPLORER 5 Days$ 880 - You will stay for 3 days and 2 night onboard our live-aboard vessel Kangaroo Explorer.  Here you will complete all 4 dives to complete the course.  You will also get to enjoy 3 fun dives after you complete the course, or you may wish to take the PADI Adventure Diver course (3 dives) for an extra $195.  

Example Itinerary

REEF AND REEF

PADI 4 Day Open Water Course $610

4 DIVES

The Reef and Reef Open Water Course is a unique CDC DIVE course, offering the dive student 4 outer Great Barrier Reef dives. On days 3 and 4 your Lunch will be provided. 

DAY 1 - 8:00am School and Pool

DAY 2 - 8:00am Pool and School

DAY 3 - 7:00am Travel to Outer Great Barrier Reef, returning to Cairns.

DAY 4 - 7:00am Travel to Outer Great Barrier Reef, returning to Cairns.

ISLAND AND REEF

PADI 4 day Open Water Course $520

4 DIVES

The Island and Reef Open Water Course is an exclusive CDC DIVE package that gives the dive student 2 Island based Open Water dives along with 2 Outer Great Barrier Reef dives. Lunch is provided on Day 4.

DAY 1 - 8:00am School and Pool

DAY 2 - 8:00am Pool and School

DAY 3 - 7:00am Travel to Fitzroy Island, returning to Cairns.

DAY 4 - 7:00am Travel to Outer Great Barrier Reef, returning to Cairns.

 

OVERNIGHT on THE

GREAT BARRIER REEF

PADI 4 day Open Water Course $740

5 DIVES

The OVERNIGHT GBR Open Water Course is the most popular way to learn to DIVE with CDC. The dive student will experience an overnight stay on KANGAROO EXPLORER, a purpose built large dive boat giving the diver a truely memorable way to learn all about diving. The student will achieve an additional 5th dive on the Great Barrier Reef. On days 3 and 4 your meals are included, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast and Lunch. 

DAY 1 - 8:00am School and Pool

DAY 2 - 8:00am Pool and School

DAY 3 - 7:00am Travel to Outer Great Barrier Reef, staying onboard KANGAROO EXPLORER

DAY 4 - 6:00am Start your day early with a refreshing morning dive, followed by a mid morning dive, then travel back to Cairns.

 

OVERNIGHT ON THE

GREAT BARRIER REEF

PADI 5 day Open Water Course $880

9 DIVES

The OVERNIGHT GBR Open Water Course is the most popular way to learn to DIVE with CDC. The dive student will experience an overnight stay on KANGAROO EXPLORER, a purpose built large dive boat giving the diver a truely memorable way to learn all about diving. The student will achieve an additional 5th dive on the Great Barrier Reef. On days 3, 4 and 5 your meals are included, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast and Lunch. 

DAY 1 - 8:00am School and Pool

DAY 2 - 8:00am Pool and School

DAYS 3 to 5 - Staying onboard KANGAROO EXPLORER to complete your course and fun dives or the PADI Adventure Diver $195.

 

padi OPEN WATER & ADVANCED DIVE COURSE

OVERNIGHT ON THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

PADI 6 day Open Water with Advanced Course combined $1180

13 DIVES

The OVERNIGHT GBR Open Water with Advanced Course is the most popular way to learn to DIVE with CDC. The dive student will complete their PADI Open Water Course and continue their learning with their PADI Advanced Course. The Advanced Course component involves, navigational, deep and night dives. The student will experience an overnight stay on KANGAROO EXPLORER, a purpose built large dive boat giving the diver a truely memorable way to learn all about diving. The student will achieve an additional 5th dive on the Great Barrier Reef. On days 3, 4, 5 and 6 your meals are included, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast and Lunch. 

DAY 1 - 8:00am School and Pool

DAY 2 - 8:00am Pool and School

DAY 3 - 7:00am Travel to Outer Great Barrier Reef, staying onboard KANGAROO EXPLORER

DAYS 4 - 6  6:00am Travel to the Kangaroo Explorer to complete 13 dives and two courses.