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Divers Den 3 Day PADI Ocean Referral

Divers Den has operated from Cairns for over 25 years, making them one of the longest established diving & snorkelling companies in the area. Their training facilities are under one roof, which is one of the many reasons they have also earned their PADI 5 star Instructor Development Centre status.

Referral courses can be done if you have completed your pool and theory dive training at home at your local dive shop. Once you come to Cairns you can finish your course on the Great Barrier Reef. This is a great option if you don't want to spend two days of your holiday with pool and classroom training.

The PADI referral course is conducted onboard Divers Den's 3 day 2 night liveaboard trip to the outer reef. Their liveaboard vessel, OceanQuest, is permanently moored on the reef and they use their day vessel, SeaQuest, to transfer passengers to and from OceanQuest. Accommodation onboard is in Double or Twin share cabins (see below for pricing).


  • Day 1: The Divers Den bus will pick you up from your Cairns city accommodation between 7:30am - 08:00am - time dependent upon where you are staying. You will be transferred to the outer reef aboard SeaQuest and do your first 2 training dives. At 2:30pm you will be transferred over to OceanQuest where you will spend the night. Lunch, dinner and accommodation included.
  • Day 2: Two further training dives with your instructor, followed by your PADI Open Water diver certification! In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to do your first dive as a certified diver. A guided night dive is also offered. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation is included.
  • Day 3: Three more pleasure dives in the morning before being transferred back onto SeaQuest for your trip back to Cairns. You will arrive in Cairns at around 5pm for your transfer back to your Cairns city accommodation. Breakfast and lunch included.

Course Commences

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday


  • PADI Open water certification
  • Cairns city accommodation transfers each day
  • 2 nights accommodation while onboard (multi share cabin)
  • 9 dives - your 4 training dives & 5 pleasure dives (includes a night dive)
  • Full gear hire
  • All meals while onboard
  • Bed linen
  • Log book


  • 2 x passport photos for your certification card
  • Underwater cameras are available onboard for hire (optional)


  • Minimum age is 12 years (subject to a medical assessment). Children under the age of 15 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • A Dive Medical may be required to complete your course

Cancellation Policy

  • More than 48 hours before course/trip commencement date: 10% of course/trip fee.
  • No refunds are given within 48 hour's notice. This includes factors such as medical problems, airline strikes and weather, etc.


Description (Price per person)


** Extra Charge: This additional fee includes a Government Environmental Management Charge as well as Port Departure Tax and administration costs.

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