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ZZ NA - 5 day Liveaboard Open Water Course - CDC


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Departs: 8:30 AM - Daily
Returns: 5:00 PM - Daily

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Amazing value for money and great for those short on time!

Cairns Dive Centre offers a variety of open water courses, from their 3 day budget course to their most popular 5 day liveaboard, the choice is yours! Learn all the theoretical and practical skills needed to dive anywhere in the world... it's not to be missed.

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The Cairns Dive Centre 5 day Open Water Course is made up of two components - pool and theory and practical training. The 5 day course includes 3 days/2 nights on liveaboard M.V. Kangaroo Explorer, out on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef. This is a fantastic way to learn and practice the necessary skills to become a confident and qualified certified diver, whilst making the most of exploring some of the Worlds best reefs. The first two days are made up of pool and theory, held at their Cairns Training Centre, during which your accommodation and meals are not included. You will learn all the skills required for safe diving in the open water, with complimentary pick ups from Cairns included. On day 3 of the course, you will depart on your 3 day/2 night Great Barrier Reef adventure on comfortable M.V Kangaroo Explorer, where you will complete your open water training dives, 5 pleasure dives, including one night dive!

5 Day Open Water Course Features:

  • Two days pool and theory training (classroom based)
  • 1 snorkel training dive, 4 open water scuba training dives and 5 pleasure dives including a NIGHT DIVE
  • State of the art diving gear, including dive computers
  • Wetsuits/stinger suits provided
  • Use of training materials (available in all major languages)
  • Free use of a prescription masks if required during the course
  • Complimentary accommodation transfers (from Cairns City)
  • All meals prepared on board
  • EXTRA Reef Taxes - AU$20 per day

Why would you learn to dive anywhere else in the world!

Please note - Dive medical must be completed prior to completing the course (AU $60) and reef taxes payable on board (AU $20 per day). All participants must pass 200m swim test.

5 Day Open Water Course Itinerary:

Day One
8.30am - Free pick-up from Cairns city accommodation
9.15am - Theory lectures
12.00am - Lunch break and medical examination
1.00pm - Swim test & pool training
4.30pm - Return to your accommodation

Day Two
8.00am - Pick-up from Cairns city accommodation
8.15am - Pool training
12.00am - Lunch break
1.00pm - Theory lectures
4.30pm - Return to your accommodation

Day Three
6.45am - Pick-up from Cairns city accommodation
7.30am - Transfer to the outer reef via Fitzroy Island
9.45am - Arrival at the reef
11.30am - Lunch
1.30pm - 1st training dive
2.30pm - Transfer to next dive site
4.00pm - 2nd training dive
6.00pm - Dinner

Day Four
5.30am - Wake up call
6.00am - 3rd training dive
7.00am - Breakfast
7.30am - Transfer to next dive site
9.00am - 4th and final training dive
12.00pm - Lunch
2.30pm - Transfer to next dive site
4.00pm - Pleasure dive
6.00pm - Dinner
7.00pm - Night Dive

Day Five
5.30am -Wake-up call 6.00am - First dive of the day
7.00am - Breakfast
7.30am - Transfer to next dive site
9.00am - Second dive
11.00am - Final dive
12.00pm - Lunch
2.45pm - Depart for Cairns on M.V. Reefkist via Fitzroy Island

Please note accommodation and meals in Cairns are not provided.

Open Water Course Options:

Short on time or money? Check out Cairns Dive Centres variety of dive courses available...

3 day Budget Open Water Course
Perfect for those short on time and money, this open water course takes just 3 days to complete!! Complete your online training in your own time prior to the course, followed by one day pool and theory at the Cairns training Centre where you will do 2 pool sessions and all your necessary paperwork, before venturing out into the open water! Day 2 and 3 are day trips spent on board M.V. Reef-kist where you will spend two awesome days out, completing 2 training dives and a snorkel session per day, with the fantastic CDC Reef team. Lunch on both day trips and all gear is included.

4 day Budget Open Water Course
This cost effective course allows you to become certified over four days, completing 2 days pool and theory and two single day trips on M.V. Reef-kist. Prices include all Pool & Theory work, 4 training dives over 2 single day trips, dive certification and all dive gear is included.

Please enquire for available course dates, minimum 2 students.

4 day Open Water Course
The 4 day Open Water Liveaboard Course offers the same structure as the 5 day Open Water, and is ideal for those a little more budget conscious. After two days pool and theory you will spend day 3 and 4 on M.V Kangaroo Explorer enjoying your 2 days/1 nigh unique reef liveaboard experience. You will complete your 4 training dives on the Great Barrier reef. 1 snorkel dive and 1 pleasure dive is also included.

Dive medical (AU $60) must be completed prior to all open water dive courses.

We can also organise accommodation in Cairns for you for the theory part of your course, saving you the trouble.Njoy Travellers Resort is in a central location, offering sensational service and great value for money. Dorms are available from $20pp and private accommodation from $54 per night. Please enquire for more information.

BOOK WITH US TODAY! CALL 1800 550 751 OR (07) 4914 2425 IF LOCAL

What To Bring

Pool and theory: Please bring your Australian Standards Dive Medical (AS4005.1) and your ticket with you
Liveaboard Reef trip: Please bring a small soft overnight bag, ensure you pack your ticket, change of clothes, a hat, swimwear, beach towel, sunscreen 30+, toiletries warm pullover for the evenings (seasonal).

What's Included

5 day Open Water

  • 2 days pool and theory
  • 3 days/2 night liveabord - 10 dives, meals, accommodation and linen on boat
  • Dive manual, log book and certificate
  • All instruction and dive equipment during the trip

What's Extra

  • Dive Medical (approx $60)
  • Reef Taxes - AU $20 per day
  • Money for drinks during the liveaboard
  • $150 (deposit only) for prescription mask if required
  • Accommodation and meals in Cairns

Terms and Conditions

All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Tour Operator. It should be noted that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard clients, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or loss due to actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 2.5% surcharge for VISA, MASTERCARD and AMEX card purchases.


All client cancellations forfeit 25% of total ticket price and all client cancellations made less than 21 days prior to departure will result in complete forfeiture of the full price of the tour or package. If the tour operator has to cancel the trip or activity (prior to the departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season. Please be advised that Asthma, Epilepsy, diabetes, any major heart or lung problems and pregnancy will permit them from diving. A dive medical must be obtained from a doctor prior to departure.

Thank you for booking with Mr Travel/Sailing Whitsundays. If you would like any advice or assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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