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PADI Open Water Referral Port Douglas – in Blue Dive style

Get the theory and pool sessions completed at your PADI dive centre at home and then complete your scuba diving course on the magnificent Great Barrier Reef with us.

Maximum 5 on referrals

We have a policy of only taking a maximum of 5 on PADI Open Water referrals 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.


PADI Referral Port Douglas

Free dive

Secondly, we offer a free extra dive on the Open Water Referrals so instead of just 4 Open Water dives you will each get 5 great dives.


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 fun skills training in our tropically-styled Port Douglas pool.


Course length

We complete your referral in 2 days. 7.45am -4.30pm


What does the course involve?

Expert tuition and 2 full boat days on the outer Great Barrier Reef.


What will you be qualified to do upon completion?

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



Minimum 12 years of age and able to swim. Each student needs to bring their completed PADI Referral form signed off within the year.


Medical clearance if needed – please see below.




per person


Price includes full equipment hire, certification fee, logbook, local transfers, and 2 days high-speed catamaran trip to the Outer Great Barrier Reef on Poseidon or Calypso with a lunch buffet.


Private PADI Open Water Referrals Port Douglas

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 Referral

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 a 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 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.


Please click here to inquire or check about availability.



“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.