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Scuba IQ – 3-Day Open Water Diver

From $845 each

Unlock the secrets of the majestic Great Barrier Reef as you graduate from novice to confident underwater diver learning in a safe, supportive and spectacular environment.


Tour Details

The PADI Open Water Diver certification is the world’s most popular and widely recognised scuba diving licence and we take you to great coral reef locations.

Over 3 days, under expert supervision, using our high quality equipment, you will learn the skills required to dive to a maximum depth of 18 metres.

For your 4 open water dives (and 2 free extra dives), you will be diving on the Great Barrier Reef from the comfort of purpose-built Calypso dive boats.

No previous experience with scuba is necessary as we will guide you through all of the essential aspects of safe diving including equipment preparation, dive planning and problem management.

This is all done by completing the 3 parts of the Open Water Course.

This is a 3-day course with prior PADI eLearning. The PADI eLearning costs $196 (+10% GST for Australian residents) payable directly to PADI and takes 6-10 hours to complete.

Confined Water Training on Day 1 of your training is where you make first contact with the world of scuba and feel for the first time what it is like to breathe and move underwater.

?In the comfort of a swimming pool, at the Mirage Country Club, Port Douglas, you will learn everything from assembling your own equipment, adjusting your buoyancy and  hand signals through to what to do in an emergency?.

First, we show you an exercise and then we’ll ask you to try. Once all of the different skills have been mastered there will be time for us to improve and perfect so that you are ready for your open water training dives.

Then, to finish off the session, we complete a ‘mini-dive’ to give you a little taste of what to expect when we go to the Great Barrier Reef for your Open Water training dives.

For the Open Water Training you’ll spend 2 days (6 dives) diving aboard locally-owned ‘Calypso Reef Cruises’ dive boats, visiting some of the best reefs to be found in the Port Douglas area.

Once all of the training requirements have been completed  – typically at the end of the first dive on the second day, we’ll take you on 2 extra guided dives so you can use all of your newly acquired skills to explore the Great Barrier Reef at your own pace.


Need To Know

  • Bookings required at least 48 hours prior to tour.
  • Must be at least 12 years old to dive.
  • Please read and fill in the details of the Queensland Dive Medical Statement if required before participating in tour.
  • Additional $6.50 per passenger Environmental Management Charge to be paid in cash on day of tour.
  • Complimentary hotel transfers within Port Douglas area.
  • Full dive briefing covering points of interest, safety and equipment orientation.
  • Full set of high quality dive equipment and additional dive safety equipment included.
  • Comfortable, spacious dive boat.
  • Morning, afternoon tea & a fresh buffet lunch included on Days 2 & 3.
  • All briefings, tuition and debriefings including fish identification included.

What To Bring

  • Swimmers
  • Towel
  • Camera

About Us

Scuba IQ was formed in 2016 by dive professionals Martin Connolly and Louise Gill who between them bring
more than 25 years of experience in the scuba diving industry.

They have worked in a variety of locations including New Zealand, Thailand, Turkey, The
Philippines, Spain, Malaysia & Mozambique.

Martin Connolly first learned to dive two decades ago in the cold, dark challenging conditions of New Zealand’s South Island where he then went on to begin his career as a Scuba diving Instructor.

Over the last 15 years of working as an Instructor, Martin has gained the skills and experience which enable him to deliver high quality diving tours and courses.

These experiences include working on a long-running coral reef rehabilitation project in Thailand.

In his capacity as a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, Martin has assisted with the teaching of dive instructors.

This has also seen him fill the role of an interpreter on Instructor Examinations, as Martin is fluent in Spanish, while over the years he has also taught divers in French, Italian & German.

Louise Gill has spent many years working in dive centre management positions.

A large proportion of this time saw her based in Asia, where she managed some of the busiest dive centres in the region.

During this time, Louise gained an intimate understanding of the most important aspects of a dive operation.

This coupled with her attention to detail and friendly personality make Louise the ideal fit in her role as administrator for Scuba IQ where she handles all of the day-to-day running of the business.

Terms & Conditions

  • Certified divers must produce a valid dive certification card on the day of travel. This can also be in the form of a temporary certification card (issued within the last 90 days).

  • Due to Queensland Scuba diving regulations, all divers need to complete a medical questionnaire before starting any PADI dive course/program or undertaking guided diving activities. Certain medical conditions and/or medications may preclude you from scuba diving and will therefore require a dive medical release from an approved Scuba diving physician prior to travel. This can be done locally at the divers’ own expense. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your fitness to dive.

  • Certified Divers: It is the responsibility of certified divers to obtain a valid dive medical prior to the trip if your state of health has changed since completing your last dive or since your last dive medical. This includes the intake of medications. Please see the link to the Queensland Dive Medical Statement and if any doubt exists please Contact Us.

  • We advise a wait of a minimum of 24 hours before flying after diving.

  • We strongly recommend that before travel, you obtain insurance which provides specific cover for scuba diving activities, medical evacuation and dive travel. We suggest that it also includes coverage for missed flights, altered accommodation arrangements or any other inconvenience borne out of any unforeseen circumstance that arises while participating in one of our tours or courses.

  • Before cancelling any trip or course, please Contact Us to see if we can arrange a new date or a suitable alternative.

  • Cancellation of any trip or course made within 24 hours prior to the booked tour date or ‘no shows’ will incur a 100% cancellation charge with no refund.

  • Any cancellations made within 24-48 hours prior to the tour date will be refunded 50% of the amount minus any costs incurred relating to bank fees or credit card charges.

  • Any cancellation made with more than 48 hours notice will receive a full refund minus any costs incurred relating to bank fees or credit card charges.

  • Cancellation of diving made by us on the day of travel or course start due to your not being medically cleared to dive or failure to produce proof of certification, will not be eligible for a refund. However, in some circumstances, an alternative date can be arranged to allow for time to obtain either or both of the aforementioned.

  • If for any reason a scuba diving course cannot be completed, a part refund will be offered based on incomplete training elements.

  • Scuba IQ (ABN 76 810 769 277 ) reserves the right to cancel or change any bookings due to weather/environmental conditions or any other unforeseen circumstances. All information regarding  trips, courses, itineraries, services provided, product inclusions and prices charged may be altered or cancelled without notice due to any reason and at the discretion of Scuba IQ.

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