Blue Dive – 3-Day Open Water Course
Learn the basics in the safety of the pool before exploring the magnificent Agincourt Ribbon Reefs on this three-day underwater adventure.
Enjoy exclusive training access to the magnificent Agincourt Reef and Ribbon Reef, the jewels in the crown of north Queensland outer Great Barrier Reef diving.
This exciting course involves pool dives, skills training, theory and then two days diving on the superb outer Great Barrier Reef.
After your day of pool training, you get to experience two full days and five amazing dives on the outer Great Barrier Reef, with the option of exploring Agincourt Reef and Opal Reef.
The course is restricted to five students to ensure expert and individual attention for each student.
In fact, Blue Dive is so sure you will love the experience, they offer a $300 refund to anyone who wishes to cancel at the end of day one no questions asked.
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.
Once completed, you will be internationally qualified to dive to 18 metres with a buddy.
Need To Know
- Booking enquiries required at least three days before preferred course start date.
- All students must read the Queensland Medical Declaration prior to beginning the course.
- Minimum 12 years of age, must be able to swim.
- PADI eLearning must be completed in advance.
- Medical clearance if needed (see below).
- Price includes five reef dives, full equipment hire, expert tuition, certification fee, logbook, local transfers and two days high speed catamaran trip to Agincourt Reef on Poseidon with full lunch buffet.
- Students must provide own lunch on first day.
- Pick-up and return to and from accommodation.
- 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.
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:
- Have any medical conditions mentioned in this Queensland Medical Declaration.
- Are over 45 years old.
- 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.
Mark Frankel has worked as a diving instructor in the Egyptian Red Sea and on the Great Barrier Reef and has dived extensively around Australia including Tasmania, the UK and many other parts of the world.
Between 1998-2008 Mark worked for Ocean College in Sharm el Sheikh and also managed the Sharks Bay Diving Village on the Sinai Peninsula and ran numerous trips to the southern Red Sea towards the border with Sudan.
Mark was the projects and marketing manager for the multi-award-winning Red Sea Diving College in Egypt which won the Dive Centre of the Year in 2007 and 2008.
The college was also one of the few dive operations to win the Project Aware Environmental Achievement Award in recognition of numerous environmental projects organised by Mark including underwater clean-ups and coral restoration projects.
He has been visiting Australia since the early 1980s and in 2008 he moved to Port Douglas to be close to the best parts of the Great Barrier Reef and established Blue Dive.
Michael Sausman has experienced thousands of dives all over the world and is an accredited PADI staff instructor, TDI decompression procedures instructor, certified trimix diver and rebreather diver.
He understands that safety and fun can mix together when you’re in the right hands.
PADI Course Director Glen Docherty has been diving for over 20 years and has certified over 1000 divers.
He has worked as a dive instructor in many countries including Australia, Egypt, Bermuda, Turkey and New Zealand.
With a Master’s Degree in marine biology, Glen’s particular interests are teaching divers about the spectacular marine life underwater and videography.
Jorg Van Santvliet’s extensive professional diving career has taken him around Australia, the country that has become his home after leaving Belgium with his wife Heidi in 2005.
Jorg worked as a dive guide on the famous Yongala wreck off Townsville before becoming the head engineer and diving supervisor/instructor on the excellent dive boat Poseidon in Port Douglas, a position he held for five years before he teamed up with Blue Dive.
He achieved his commercial skippers licence in 2009 and has an incredible knowledge of the local reefs and hidden areas that few divers experience.
Adriana Juwig expertly teaches many of the Blue Dive Open Water courses as does the very talented Georgia Fowler. Both are excellent underwater photographers.
Dave Wilkinson runs many of the overnight adventures and also helps run the Blue Dive office.
Terms & Conditions
- Cancellations must be made at least 5 days before the diving service begins. If the 5-day condition is met refunds of deposits will be made less administrative costs and credit card fees of $50.
- If students need extra time to complete a course extra charges will be made or referral papers can be issued.
- We will do our best to reschedule courses or dives and offer alternatives if possible.
- If in the unlikely event of bad weather preventing travel, we will give full refunds or reschedule if possible.
- Taking cancellation/travel insurance is highly recommended.