Learn How to Dive on Fitzroy Island!

The PADI Open Water Diver is the first level of scuba certification. One of our highly-trained PADI Instructor will teach you how to scuba dive in a relaxed, supportive learning environment. By the end of the course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to dive at home, overseas or back here on Fitzroy Island!

Holidays are also a valuable use of your personal time and at Fitzroy Island Resort and the Fitzroy Island Sports Hub, we understand the value of this time to you. That is why we offer to you our PADI Open Water Course as eLearning. In other words, complete all the theoretical study before you start your holiday because holidays are best spent not in the classroom. All our courses are conducted via the eLearning method.

With your study completed, you’re ready to spend your holiday learning and mastering your dive safety skills. Spread across 3 days you will learn your skills in confined water and then be given the opportunity to demonstrate your mastery of these skills on the 4 open water dive portions of the course.

Choose to stay on the island with our range of accommodation options, or travel from Cairns each day aboard the Fitzroy Flyer.

What You Will Learn

3 days of learning techniques for safe diving including:

  • Breathing underwater
  • Regulator clearing
  • Regulator recovery
  • Mask clearing
  • Equalization techniques
  • Inflate and deflate a BCD at the surface

Course Requirements

Day One

On the first day of your course, we will teach you about your equipment, its usage and your core safety skills before taking you on your very first dive after lunch. Your day is complete just yet because after this dive you get to demonstrate you comfort in the water and pass another practical examination.

Time Exercise
9:30am Check-in and paperwork
10:00am Equipment set-up/Confined Water 1
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Open Water Dive 1 – Practical
3:00pm Watermanship Exercises – Practical Examination
4:00pm Finish


Day Two

Welcome to day 2: Today is all about expanding the skills that you have already learnt like learning how to go from taking just a little bit of water out of your mask to being able to swim underwater without out a mask. Sounds both exciting and daunting but we will guide you through this and other skills in a step-by-step process. After lunch, you get another opportunity to dive and demonstrate the mastery of your skills. After this dive, we have allocated time to you for practice and catch up to help you feel more and more comfortable in the water.

Time Exercise
9:30am Confined exercise 2 – 5
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Dive 2
3:00pm Confined Practice
4:00pm Finish


Day Three

Welcome the final day of your course. Today is all about getting certified and completing your final 2 dives. Your first dive will be departing at 11am which also allows you time to either relax in the morning or practice any of the skills you have learnt. We have allocated this time to you to give you more time in the water under the direction of your instructor before doing your final dives. It’s like a revision session.

Congratulations, you are certified!

Time Exercise
9:30am Confined practice
12:00pm Dive 3
1:00pm Lunch
3:00pm Dive 4
3:00pm Finalise paperwork, photo and certify
4:00pm Finish


Details & Bookings

  • Age: Minimum 12 years
  • When: On request – contact us for bookings.
  • WhereFISH at Fitzroy Island Resort.
  • Duration: 3 days of diving + 1 day eLearning.
  • Requirements: Medical declaration form – Click here for a full list of requirements.
Options Price
3 Day Open Water Course
includes all dive equipment, study materials and eLearning.

Bookings must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Click here for a full list of requirements for our dive programs and equipment hire.

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