PADI 3 Day eLearning Open Water Certification

Become PADI dive certified on the Great Barrier Reef, with a combination of e-learning, first-class dive centre training, & two full days on the reef with 6 open-water dives.
Port Douglas, Australia
3 Days
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
10 years
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Port Douglas

What's Included

  • 3-day Learn to Dive course, with PADI eLearning access to complete before arrival & the same dive instructor for all of the course days
  • 1 day spent at the 5 Star PADI IDC dive facility for heated pool testing & training
  • 2 day trips to the Outer Great Barrier Reef, including 6 open water dives on the reef (4 mandatory & 2 fun dives if your mandatory dives are successful)
  • Morning & afternoon tea, plus a delicious lunch each day
  • Use of all dive equipment including prescription masks
  • PADI Gold Open Water Certification & dive logbook
  • Convenient return transfers from selected Port Douglas accommodation
  • Environmental Management Charge, which contributes to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's management & conservation of the reef
  • Departs from the meeting point at 19 Warner St, Port Douglas (Day 1) then Crystalbrook Superyacht, Port Douglas (Day 2 & 3)

What's Excluded

  • Accommodation
  • Soft drinks, beer, wine and chocolates etc on board day dive vessel.

What to Expect

Scuba diving is the ultimate adventure and the best way to explore the magnificence of the Great Barrier Reef. This 3-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 you to complete the theory component of the course at your own convenience before arriving. 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 you MUST complete it before practical pool training can start. Doing so reduces the amount of time spent in a classroom by a full day, allowing the entire course to be completed in three days. 


Along with the eLearning component, the course comprises one day of pool training at the 5 Star PADI IDC dive facility, followed by two full-day trips to the Outer Barrier Reef aboard one of a 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.   


The trips to the reef visit some of more than a dozen sites on the Agincourt ribbon reef that runs parallel to the continental shelf. Destinations might include Harry's Bommie, the 3 Sisters, The Chapel, The Point, Gary's Gut, The Gap, Two Rocks, Wreck Bay, Phils, The Gardens, Barracuda Bommie, Horsehose, Turtle Bay, The Maze, Nursery North or Triggerfish. The reef chosen will depend on tide and weather conditions, but all offer exceptional diving experiences. 


In addition to your training, this exciting learn to dive course also includes morning and afternoon tea each day, plus a delicious lunch to replenish your energy throughout the day. Accommodation is not included as part of this experience, so you'll need to arrange that separately. 


Where we Visit:

  • 5 Star PADI IDC dive facility in Port Douglas,
  • Agincourt Reef on the Outer Great Barrier Reef
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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are sharks in every ocean, and a variety of sharks inhabit The Great Barrier Reef. The most common are smaller species that pose no threat to divers or snorkellers. The most infamous Australian shark, the Great White, prefers the cold water of the Southern Ocean and does not visit the waters of Tropical North Queensland.

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You will need to bring swimwear, a towel, a dive medical if required, and a passport or Australian driver's licence. 

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Student numbers are capped at 6 students for every 1 instructor. 

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Some medical conditions may prevent you from diving. You will be required to obtain a dive medical certificate if you have a positive response to any of the questions on the Entry Level Student Diver Medical Declaration.

A positive response to any question indicates that there is a pre-existing condition that may affect your safety while diving and you must consult a medical practitioner preferably with experience in diving medicine to obtain a dive medical certificate, preferably in English, which states that you are fit to undertake recreational diver training. This medical certificate must be valid within 90 days of course commencement. If you are unsure about a specific medical condition please check with your doctor prior to making your reservation.

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Diving is not permitted if you haven't passed your dive medical. 

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The recommendation is to allow at least 24 hours after your last dive before flying. However, you can fly and then dive on the same day.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • Guests must complete the theoretical e-learning component prior to arrival
  • The minimum age is 10 years 
  • Guests must have the ability to swim - 200m (or 300m with mask, fins and snorkel) and tread water (float) for 10 minutes
  • 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 that 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 the program

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. The PADI eLearning portion of the course is non-refundable
  • There is no refund for any reason after this time

Pickup Locations

  • Self Drive - Make own way to Dive School 19 Warner Street @ 07:45

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