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3 day PADI Open Water course in Port Douglas – in Blue Dive style. No two day rush courses with us.

“The best priced, best quality and best reefs in Port Douglas” – Trip Advisor

Blue Dive teams up with Poseidon – cruising out to the unrivalled Agincourt Ribbon Reefs in style. Your exciting underwater adventure starts here. And where better to complete your course than the magnificent Agincourt Ribbon Reefs, the jewel in the crown of north Queensland outer Great Barrier Reef diving. The reefs are a must visit dive destination for divers and snorkellers.

All our PADI courses are guaranteed to go, after your day of pool training, for 2 FULL days to the best OUTER Reef where the great visibility “makes” the reef  – smaller boats cannot guarantee this.

The off-shore Low Isles are nice for snorkelling –  but they are not a good diving  destination. Visibility is a maximum of 5 metres – that’s why all Blue Dive trips go to the outer reef for the better marine life and visibility.


With exclusive training access to these wonderful reefs – complete your course in Blue Dive style.

And you can start right now with PADI eLearning…


PADI Open Water course in Port Douglas


Please Contact Blue Dive  for available dates.

Three great reasons to dive with us.

1. We have a policy of only taking a maximum of 5 on PADI Open Water Courses in Port Douglas as it means we can give expert and individual attention to each student – it’s a bit like the small school classes issue. It’s much, much better for the learning to dive experience.


2. Secondly, we offer a free extra dive on the Open Water Course so instead of just 4 Open Water dives you will each get 5 great dives out on the pristine outer Great Barrier Reef. And we can offer a day on the Opal Reef Complex too.


3. Thirdly, we have a unique policy that if, for any reason, anyone wishes to cancel at the end of day one of the course we offer a refund of $300. No other dive centre in the area makes such a commitment.


Learn in style

With some of the best learn to dive facilities in Queensland, you will be sped out on Poseidon, or Calypso, the sleek and fast catamarans, to the outer Great Barrier Reef – and a great place to complete your Open Water course in style – but only after skills training in our tropically-styled Port Douglas pool.


Course length

This is a 3-day course with prior PADI eLearning. PADI eLearning can be accessed from the banner at the bottom of this page. There is an extra cost to PADI.


Feel free to email us first with potential dates and we can explain your options, availability, prices and give you more more detail and get you booked in for your adventure.


3-day schedule

Day 1. 8.30am – 4.30pm. Quick review of eLearning followed by a fantastically fun pool day teaching you the basics of diving and safety.


Days 2 and 3. 7.45am – 4.30pm The highlight of your Port Douglas diving with two full days on Poseidon diving on the unsurpassed Agincourt Ribbon Reefs.



What does the course involve?

This exciting course involves pool dives, skills training, theory and then two days diving on the superb outer Great Barrier Reef.

PADI Open Water course Port Douglas

What will you be qualified to do upon completion?

You will be internationally qualified to dive to 18 metres with a buddy.


Private courses

We can arrange courses for just you or your nominated group if you feel you would benefit from private tuition.



Minimum 12 years of age, ability to swim. PADI eLearning on-line in advance. Medical clearance if needed – please see below.



per person, group discounts may apply


Price includes five reef dives, full equipment hire, expert tuition, certification fee, logbook, local transfers and two days high speed catamaran trip to the outer Great Barrier Reef on Poseidon, Calypso or Quicksilver Wavepiercer with full lunch buffet.

(price valid until 31 March 2017)


Please contact us to enquire or check about availability.


PADI eLearning

Students are required to complete the PADI Open Water eLearning program prior to beginning their 3 day Open Water course with us. The PADI eLearning is an additional cost of $196 (+10% GST for Australian residents) payable directly to PADI when signing up for the online eLearning course.


Learning to scuba dive requires both knowledge development – including facts, principles and concepts – and dive skills including techniques and methods. PADI Open Water Diver Online uses videos, audio, graphics and reading to help you learn, plus short quizzes that let you gauge your progress, and then offers a review of anything you happen to miss. The program usually takes between 6-10 hours to complete.

Important medical information for the Open Water course

By Australian Law (2013) each Open Water student needs to complete a medical declaration that they are medically healthy or in several very important cases obtain written medical clearance from a physician.


If  you do not have any medical issues and can answer “no” to the 3 questions below you DO NOT need a medical.


You WILL need a medical examination from a physician if you:


1. Have any medical conditions mentioned in this Queensland Government Medical  Declaration.


2. Are over 45 years old.


3. Have a body mass index(BMI) over 30 (linked BMI chart) and a waist circumference greater than 102cms for males and 88cms for females.


This is both sensible and law in Australia. If you need a medical we would strongly encourage you to get it in your country/city of origin. Here is the appropriate PADI form that would need completing . 

Please note that active asthma within the last 10 years will probably prevent you from diving.



Flying after diving restrictions


Please be aware that after diving you must wait at least 18 hours before flying.


This is a PADI safety regulation. You would end diving at 2.30pm so you can fly anytime after 8.30am the following day. 



PADI Open Water course in Port Douglas


“Best and most pristine examples of coral on the Great Barrier Reef” (Port Douglas reefs) – Source: The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority recent report.