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Learn to Dive with Quicksilver Dive

4 Day Open Water Course

Scuba diving is the best way to explore the Great Barrier Reef, and there is no better place in the world to learn to dive than in its warm waters! Quicksilver Dive's PADI Four Day Open Water Dive Certification course is ideal for adventure seekers looking to take that next step in their voyage of discovery. Two days of classroom/dive pool training is conducted at Port Douglas' only purpose-built PADI 5 Star IDC dive facility, centrally located with a heated dive pool and air-conditioned classrooms. The two days of practical training on the Great Barrier Reef are conducted onboard a modern dive and snorkel catamaran, with access to some of the regions most pristine dive sites. 

The same experienced dive instructor will be with you over the four days of your dive certification which, along with the smallest possible student to teacher ratios, ensures a personalised, comprehensive, safe, professional and most importantly fun, learning experience!

- Courses start on Tuesday each week in English (some exception apply).
- Private classes available on request in English, German, French and Spanish.

- Minimum class sizes may apply

The course is conducted in two components:

  • 2 days of pool and classroom training
  • 2 x 1 day trips to the outer Great Barrier Reef

The first two days of the course will be spent at our diver training centre where students learn dive theory in the classroom and the necessary skills of scuba diving in the pool. Days three & four are spent on the Great Barrier Reef aboard one of our custom-built dive and snorkel catamarans, Poseidon or Silversonic, during which students complete four training dives. At the end of Day 4, students will be PADI Open Water Divers! You will potentially have the opportunity to do an additional two pleasure dives as a certified diver.

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.

  • 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 4 days
  • Heated dive pool - Day 1 and 2
  • 2 x Day Trips to the Outer Reef - Day 3 and 4
  • 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
Quicksilver Dive - Port Douglas
Practical theory and pool exercises.
Quicksilver 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 onboard 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 Tuesday each week*
  •  8:30am to 4:30pm each day (approx)

          *some exceptions may apply


4 Day Learn to Dive with Quicksilver Dive
Total $1,200.00

* 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.

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