5-day PADI Open Water Dive Course
Includes 3-day/2-night Great Barrier Reef dive trip, Kangaroo Explorer
This PADI course combines two days of pool and classroom instruction, with a three-day/two-night dive trip to the Great Barrier Reef aboard the Kangaroo Explorer, one of the nicest liveaboard boats operating in the area. On the dive trip you will make the four instructional dives that are a part of your course, plus up to 4 more dives as a newly certified diver, including a night dive if conditions permit.
Cairns Dive Center's teaching facilities include a heated training pool, air-conditioned classrooms, changing rooms, gear lockers, showers and restrooms. Their campus is located on the edge of town, and a courtesy bus will transport you to and from your lodging.
Classes start daily in English, with texts and other course materials available in many other languages to assist students from these countries with their learning. The minimum age requirement for this course is 14 years of age. (Under 18 requires signed parental permission.)
To learn more about the dive trip offered in conjunction with this course click here.
For a detailed trip itinerary, click here.
This course includes dives aboard Kangaroo Explorer, an 82 foot Catamaran with a maximum of 10 student divers. The dive trip included in the course is for 5 days, 2 nights, and allows 7 dives, plus 1 night dive.
The MV Kangaroo Explorer is a modern 82-foot power catamaran, specifically designed for Queensland coastal cruising. Each of the 16 large cabins is fully carpeted with ensuite bathroom, air-conditioning, and window or porthole. There is ample space on the three deck levels. Other features include the relaxing lounge, sun deck, library and fully licensed bar. The ship is fully equipped with the latest navigational equipment, all safety gear and ship to shore radio. This is a very comfortable and stylish boat, and is ideally suited for multi day dive trips.
The most recent improvement to this boat is the newly expanded dive deck, which expands the space available to divers gearing up and entering the water.
For more info about this boat, see the floorplan.
Cairns Dive Centre's day dive boat, Sun-kist, will be used to shuttle you out and back from the live aboard boat. She's stable and fast dive boat, taking up to 24 folks to and from the Kangaroo Explorer each day.
3 day/2 night liveaboard dive trip
4 training dives on the Great Barrier Reef
two days of pool/classroom instruction
5 additional dives as a newly certifed diver
all dive gear
all course materials- available in many languages
bed linen (towel not included)
loan of course text
transfers to/from your Cairns lodging
About Cairns Dive Centre
Cairns Dive Centre is one of Cairns’ most respected dive operators and has been operating in Cairns for many years. This locally owned company is also one of the largest dive schools in Cairns, and trained over 6.500 divers last year. Cairns Dive Center is an SSI Career Development Center, and as such has trained many of the dive masters and instructors working in the area.
We have had many clients dive and train with CDC, and they have found the staff to be friendly, upbeat, helpful and professional, and the operation to be very well run.