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Learn to Dive with Quicksilver Dive

3 Day PADI Open Water Course with eLearning 

Scuba diving is the ultimate adventure, and the best way to explore the magnificence of the Great Barrier Reef. Quicksilver's Three Day Learn to Dive Course with eLearning (PADI Open Water Certification) is ideal for those ready to get certified but short on time. The online eLearning platform allows students to complete the theory component of the course at their own convenience before arriving. This reduces the amount of time spent in a classroom by a full day, allowing the entire course to be completed in just three days.

Along with the eLearning component, the course comprises one day of pool training at our 5 Star PADI IDC dive facility, followed by two, day trips to the Outer Barrier Reef aboard one of our custom-built adventure dive catamarans. Students will complete four compulsory training dives, and two pleasure dives at some of the most pristine dive sites on the outer reef, filled with vibrant marine life.   

(Please Note:The eLearning component takes approximately 6-8 total hours to complete, and must be completed before you can jump into the pool and begin your practical training.) 

Courses start on Wednesday each week in English.
Private classes available on request in English, German, French and Spanish.

Minimum class sizes may apply.

The course is conducted in two components:

  • PADI eLearning (login details supplied via Quicksilver Dive 24hr after booking)  
  • 1 x days of testing and pool training
  • 2 x day trips to the outer Great Barrier Reef

Within 24hrs of your booking being confirmed, you will receive login details for the online PADI eLearning platform. This gives you access to the compulsory theory component of your open water certification, and it MUST be completed before practical pool training can start. The first day in the pool is spent at our 5 Star PADI IDC dive facility where you will put your eLearnings into practice, geared up and in the dive pool.
Days two and three are spent on the Great Barrier Reef aboard a modern dive catamaran, during which you will complete four training dives under the direct supervision of your instructor.

Quicksilver Dive operates Port Douglas' only purpose-built, PADI 5 Star IDC dive facility. With a heated pool, off street parking, experienced instructors and small class sizes, your dive certification will be safe, professional and most importantly fun!

On successful completion of the 4 mandatory training dives required for the Open Water Certification, the 2 remaining dives may be used as training dives for Advanced Open Water Certification. Please enquire for more information

Due to special requirements for children aged 10 and 11  years to participate in learn to dive courses, please email reservations@quicksilverdive.com.au prior to booking.

  • PADI eLearning access
  • Return coach transfers from Port Douglas accommodation
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Lunch every day 
  • All dive equipment and use of prescription masks 
  • Same Dive Instructor for all 3 days
  • Heated dive pool - Day 1 
  • 2 x Day Trips to the Outer Reef - Day 2 and 3
  • 4 open water dives on the reef (if successful and times allow up to 2 additional fun dives)
  • PADI Gold Open Water Certification
  • Dive log book
Complete the mandatory eLearning reading and knowledge tests prior to day one. 
Quiksilver Dive - Port Douglas
Practical Theory and pool exercises.
Reef Trip - Day Dive Vessel
Depart Port Douglas marina for the Outer Barrier Reef on board one of Port Douglas' premier dive vessels. 
Reef Trip - Day Dive Vessel
Depart Port Douglas marina for the Outer Barrier Reef on board one of Port Douglas' premier dive vessels. 
  • Soft drinks, beer, wine and chocolates etc on board day dive vessel.
  • Ability to swim - 200m (or 300m with mask, fins and snorkel) and tread water (float) for 10 minutes
  • Minimum age 10 years.
  • Some medical conditions may prevent you from diving. Prior to commencing your dive course you are required to complete the self-assessment Student Diver Medical Declaration. A positive response to any questions indicates there is a pre-existing condition which may affect your safety while diving and you will need to obtain a dive medical certificate that states you are medically fit to dive.
  • If you do require a dive medical, it must be obtained prior to commencing the course and must not be more than 90 days old when you start with us.

Rates 2024/2025
* EMC is a per person Government Environmental Management Charge (EMC).
Quicksilver Dive Open Water Course Price per personChildAdult
EMC/Admin Fee*$0$0
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Course Details
  • Courses start Wednesday each week*
  •  8:30am to 4:30pm each day (approx)
  • Includes PADI eLearning login

             *Some exceptions do apply


3 Day PADI Open Water Course with eLearning
Total $1,050.00

* Prices valid from 01 April to 31 March

All taxes are included in the total price.
EMC: A Government Environmental Management Charge (EMC) of $8 per person per day applies to all adults and children 4 years and over entering the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area. This fee is included in the fare price.
Surcharge: Due to potential significant volatility in supply and operational costs, a surcharge may be applied due to unforeseen circumstances. In such cases any charge will be collected on departure.
This additional fee includes Port Departure Tax and administration costs.

Rates are per person and in Australian Dollars

Credit card surcharge may apply

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel your learn to dive course for any reason up to 48 hours prior to commencing your course, and receive a refund less the PADI eLearning*.

There is no refund for any reason after this time.  If you have booked through a travel agent cancellation fees may apply

*The PADI eLearning portion of the course is non-refundable.