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Learn To Dive Port Douglas

Book Your Private PADI Open Water Course in Port Douglas.

“The best quality learn to dive PADI course and the best reefs in Port Douglas” – Trip Advisor – July 2020

Blue Dive teams up with Silversonic cruising out to the unrivalled Agincourt Ribbon Reefs in style. Your exciting underwater adventure starts here and where better to learn to dive 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 locations where the great visibility “makes” the reef.



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 Port Douglas





Please Contact Blue Dive for prices and available dates.

Three great reasons to learn to dive with us.

1. COVID 19 policy change – We have a policy of only teaching  privately booked 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 2 free extra dives on the Open Water Course so instead of just 4 Open Water dives you will each get 6 great dives out on the pristine outer Great Barrier Reef.


3. Thirdly, you’ll be taught by top PADI professionals all with excellent knowledge of scuba.


Learn to Dive in Port Douglas in style

With some of the best learn to dive facilities in Queensland, you will be sped out on Silversonic, the sleek and super-fast catamaran, 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 Silversonic diving on the unsurpassed Agincourt Ribbon Reefs or Opal 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 Port Douglas Open Water course

What will you be qualified to do upon completion?

After your 3 day Open Water course you will be internationally qualified to dive to 18 metres with a buddy. The PADI Open Water certification is valid for life and recognised at dive centres around the world.



Price on request – privately taught bookings.


Course includes

  • Six reef dives
  • Full equipment hire
  • Expert private tuition
  • Diving logbook
  • Local transfers
  • Two full day diving trips to the outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Buffet lunch on day 2 & 3


We run regular Open Water courses throughout the year. With these private bookings we will try our best to fit in with your dates,


Please contact us with further questions, to check availability or to book your course!



Minimum 10 years of age, ability to swim. PADI eLearning on-line in advance. Medical clearance if needed – please see below.

Contact Blue Dive

Use the form below to check availability, ask questions or book your Open Water course with us!



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 $202 (+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 6-8 hours to complete.


PADI Open Water course Port Douglas

Private courses

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


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.


All divers with asthma or diabetes, including certified divers, are required to contact us prior to booking to dive. There are very strict requirements around diving with these conditions and we need to discuss to discuss this directly with you.

please also see our Covid Safety plan requirements.


If you require medical clearance to dive please download the PADI Medical Statement and have it completed by a doctor. Please contact us prior to seeing your doctor so we can advise on any additional information we may require.


Please see our medical page for further information.

Flying after diving restrictions


Please note that AFTER diving, current safety regulations require a 24 hour surface interval before flying. So you can fly any time after 2.30pm the following day.


This is a PADI safety regulation.


PADI Open Water course 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.