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PADI Open Water Dive Course


The PADI Open Water Diver course is the first exciting step in learning to scuba dive. As a diver, you’ll experience weightlessness, get up close to the fascinating marine life that our world has to offer and create memories that will last a lifetime. Breathing underwater for the first time is an unforgettable experience, so don’t put it off any longer


Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded the PADI Open Water Certification card enabling you to dive anywhere throughout the world to depth down to a maximum of 18 metres, hire equipment from dive stores, with the certification valid for life.



2.5 days approx, 8 hours per day
For Locals, we can arrange separate days

Inquire at +61404677400 for alternate start days


Course Inclusions

Dive Equipment


Classroom studies and assessments with a PADI professional Certified Instructor


Pool Training


4 Reef Shore training dives



PADI e-learning


Dive Log and Certification


Small groups of max 5 people



Prerequisites & Requirements

  • Age Requirement:10 years or older


  • Able to swim; 200 m and 10 minutes treading water



  • PADI E-Learning time Commitment approximately 8-15 hours


PADI Open Water Diver Course Process

Step 1

PADI Online Training

Study in your own time online. Then come with us diving in the Whitsundays.

Your theory is done online whenever is convenient for you. Once you’ve paid a deposit, we’ll email you a PADI e-learning access pass so you can get started right away. Once you’ve finished the online study.

Step 2

Bring your swimmers and a towel

Arrive on the day start. please check your schedule link for the arrival time

Where: Airlie Beach Dive Centre

11/293 Shute Harbour Road/ 1st Floor

 Swim assessment, paper-based quick review assessment, QLD medical enrolment, dive equipment preparation set up, and fittings

Step 3

PADI Pool Training

When you’re fitted with your scuba equipment you can begin your pool training. Your instructor will put into practice the techniques you learned in the academic program. Your training dives will be logged and approved by your PADI instructor before you move on to open water.

Step 4

2 Bowen Horseshoe Bay Beach PADI Open Water Training Dives

Step 5

Two  Open water Whitsunday Island Boat Dives

Congratulations You are certified

Junior Open Water Divers age, 10-12 maximum depth is 12 meters.

As soon as your open water training dives are approved by your PADI instructor you will be a certified diver. The PADI Open Water Diver certification is recognized worldwide so your diving experiences will be limitless.

What to Bring and Wear

Dive medical is completed by a dive doctor if needed.

Certificate of Completion of the e-learning theory training

Swimwear, sunscreen, towel, mask, snorkel, dive boots and fins if you have your own


In the Airlie Beach PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a tank. The equipment you wear varies, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical, temperate or cold water.


*Terms and conditions: Minimum of 24 hours notice required for reschedules and 48 hours for cancellations. No refunds for late cancellations or ‘no-shows’.

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