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Sea Quest: 2 Day Open Water Referral

2 Days | Operates: Every Day Except Fridays! | Departs: 8am | Transfers available: Yes, City Only

Have you already completed the theory and pool component of your Open Water Learn to Dive Course? Just need to complete the dive training with a qualified instructor and want to do it on the Great Barrier Reef? Sea Quest Dive can help.

Sea Quest the day boat operated by Deep Sea Divers Den, equipped with the latest diving equipment and dive computers, provides daily dive/snorkel trips from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef, Sea Quest also offers an Open Water Referral Course. Completed over 2 day trips aboard Deep Sea Divers Den Sea Quest catamaran, you will undertake the four (4) training dives required to complete your PADI Open Water Course, to certification standards. If there is the time you can also get the chance to try (1) pleasure dive on the Great Barrier Reef.

Please note to participate in an Open Water Referral Course you will need to have your referral paperwork with you, as issued and signed by the Dive Instructor who completed your pool/theory training. You may also be required to complete an Australian Dive Medical to Australian standards, this can be arranged at several Cairns doctors / medical clinics. Please have this with you.

The price for this course includes 2 day trips to the Great Barrier Reef, including morning and afternoon tea as well as a buffet lunch; 4 training dives and instruction with a PADI Dive Instructor; all dive equipment; PADI certification costs; and the chance to try 1 pleasure dive on the Great Barrier Reef if there is time.

Return Hotel Bus Transfers are included on the two days. Bus pick up is around 7:30 am only from a Cairns Hotel or Backpacker Hostel. Northern beaches bus pick up cost extra.

NOTE: An Australian Dive Medical may be required to be completed prior to/in conjunction with this course. This is an additional cost and can be undertaken locally at several Cairns doctors / medical clinics. Contact us for more information..

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Rate Option # Dives Price Taxes Total Deposit
Referral Course (Adult) Dive Course 4 $570.00 $40.00 $610.00 $114.00

Inclusions: Dive Certification Costs, Fresh & healthy buffet style lunch, Morning tea & self serve tea & Coffee, Quality diving equipment & wetsuits, Reef interpretation presentation

Extras (Pay Later): An additional $40 per person per day is payable onboard on the day of travel. The reef levy is comprised of $3.50 Environment Management Charge, $1.10 port charge, and $5.40 administrative fees and GST.

Additional Extras: Return bus transfers are included only from a Cairns Hotel or downtown Cairns Backpacker Hostel. Northern Beaches Bus pickups cost extra.

Dive Medical AS4005.1: Approx $95.00 (If required, needs to be arranged prior to course)

Prices are shown in Australian dollars and include GST. Prices subject to change without notice.

The itinerary for both days of your Open Water Referral Course are pretty much the same, as you are taking 2 day tours aboard Deep Sea Divers Den’s Sea Quest boat. Sea Quest can visit up to 16 different reef sites, usually 2 per day, with a maximum of 3 dives per day. The order in which you complete / undertake your 4 training dives will be at the discretion of your Dive Instructor. This will be discussed with you on day 1. A basic, daily itinerary for Sea Quest Open Water Referral Course is as follows.

This course gives you the 4 training dives.

If there is time and you pass everything correctly, there is the chance to do one (1) pleasure dive on the last day after lunch. But this is at the discretion of your dive instructor on the day and only if there is time available.

Please note: On day 1, you will need to bring your ‘referral’ paperwork with you, showing evidence that you have successfully completed your pool/theory training. This should be issued and signed by the Dive Instructor, who completed the training. If you were required to complete a dive medical, you will also need to bring this with you. You will need two passport sized photos, for your dive certification card.

Your Open Water Referral Course starts with a bus pick up at a Cairns hotel or Backpacker Hostel around – 7:30 am. Sea Quest has a scheduled departure time of 8:30 am. Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are served on arrival and detailed (trip, itinerary and safety) briefings are provided by the crew, on the way to the reef.

During the 90-minute transfer time from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef, you will sit with your Dive Instructor to review your training documentation and knowledge. They will provide any refresher required and a thorough overview of the scuba diving equipment and information on the training dives.

You arrive at the first reef site around 9.30am and it’s pretty much straight into the water for your first dive. The second dive of the day is generally around 11.15am, with a buffet lunch served from 12:00 pm. During lunch, Sea Quest moves to its second reef location. The third and final dive is usually around 2:00 pm and Sea Quest departs the reef at 3:00 pm, arriving back into Cairns at 4.30 pm.

Day 2 will be pretty much the same, except today you will complete your training and become a certified PADI Open Water scuba diver!

Please note: Anyone wanting to learn to scuba dive in Cairns must first pass an Australian Dive Medical Certification Questionaire. Please note that some medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes and heart conditions) will preclude you from learning to dive. For more information, please visit the Dive Medical page.

This Open Water Referral Course is suitable for those people who have already successfully passed the pool and theory training and have the relevant paperwork demonstrating this, signed by your Dive Instructor. This course can be used to complete the PADI Open Water Course and all final course/administration costs are covered in the price.

Once you have successfully completed the four (4) training dives, you may have time for one (1) pleasure dive. At the end of day 2 – assuming all has gone well – you will be a certified PADI Open Water scuba diver. This means you will have all of the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need, to dive anywhere in the world to a maximum depth of 18metres, when diving with a buddy. At completion, you are not certified for solo diving or deep diving.

You can snorkel after your training dives if there is enough time. All snorkel gear is provided on board the boat.


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