5-Day PADI Open Water Course
Includes 3-day/2-night Great Barrier Reef dive trip
Deep Sea Divers Den
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This trip is aboard OceanQuest, a 117 foot Catamaran with a maximum of 10 divers and a Dive Staff of 1. It is for 5 days, 2 nights, and allows 7 dives, plus 2 night dives.
Departure is from your lodging (free pickup), Cairns at 7:30 AM Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, return time 4:30 PM.
This course combines two days of pool and classroom instruction at the Deep Sea Divers Den campus with a 3-day/2-night trip the Great Barrier Reef, where you will make up to nine dives; four as a part of your course, and up to five more as a newly certified diver. This may include your first night dive, if conditions permit. Successful completion of the course earns you a PADI open water diver card.
The reef trip is aboard the Ocean Quest; the Denís live aboard boat.
Deep Sea Divers Den starts classes in English, Japanese and German nearly every day, with printed instructional materials available in many other languages. Their campus is located just outside of the downtown area, within walking distance of a variety of lodgings (transfers to and from lodging anywhere in Cairns are included in the tuition.). The campus includes air-conditioned classrooms, showers, changing areas, and a brand newly completed (2001) large training pool.
To learn more about the dive trip offered in conjunction with this course click here.
For a detailed trip itinerary, click here.
OceanQuest is an extremely comfortable liveaboard. Sheís twin-hulled catarmaran, with three decks, giving everyone lots of space, both in the cabins and in common areas, such as the lounge, dining area, dive deck and sun decks.
The boat's just been through a major refitting, so everything is nice and shiny and new. The cabins are both spacious and comfortably outfitted. Each cabin has a private bathroom/shower, TV, bar fridges, even an internal phone system!
There are a mix of double, twin, and four-share cabins to suit any personís needs, and the boat can sleep up to 48 divers and snorkelers in comfort. At 35 metres (117 ft) in length, the boat makes for a very stable and comfortable nightís sleep.
For more info about this boat, see the floorplan.
3 day/2 night liveaboard dive trip
two days of pool/classroom instruction
all course materials- available in many languages
all dive gear
3 additional dives as a newly certified diver
bed linen (towel not included)
loan of course text
transfers to/from your Cairns lodging
About Deep Sea Divers Den
Deep Sea Divers Den is one of the oldest, largest, and most experienced dive operations in Cairns. Their dive school is one of the two largest such operations in the world, and this year marks the debut of their newly refurbished facilities, and a new dive boat, the ReefQuest II. Besides running the full range of certification courses in four languages, they also operate three dive boats on a daily basis.
The Divers Den has been in operation since 1975, and the size of their operation allows them to do much of their staff training, boat, and equipment maintenance in house. Someone walked into our office recently who was certified and dove with DSDD in 1982, and while you might barely remember what you were doing in '82, Susan has fond and vivid memories of her dive experience.