Learn to scuba dive on a Cairns liveaboard dive boat

With the world’s largest concentration of marine life, there is no better place to learn to scuba dive than the Great Barrier Reef.

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This stunning ecosystem provides the perfect opportunity to get an up-close and personal look at vast schools of tropical fish, majestic sea turtles, and elegant jellyfish.


Getting right into the ocean tends to be the best way to learn.


Completing an entire scuba diving course in the ocean (as opposed to completing the first half in a swimming pool) tends to produce more adept, confident divers.

Tours that teach participants how to scuba dive always choose dive spots in shallow lagoon areas that are clear, confined, and calm in order to facilitate a smooth learning experience.


If you’re thinking about learning to scuba dive there are several things you need to know. Be sure to keep the following things in mind:

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Obtain a dive medical. Australian law mandates that every prospective scuba diver obtain a medical certificate stating that he or she is fit to scuba dive.

You can obtain this medical certificate from any register physician either within or outside of Australia.

However, the dive medical must be must be conducted in accordance with Australian Medical Standard AS4005-1 and it must expressly state this on the certificate.


Take an open water course

An open watercourse is the first step in learning to scuba dive.

In an open watercourse you learn all of the fundamentals necessary to become a confident scuba diver.

No prior scuba experience is necessary and upon successful completion of an open water course you will receive an Open Water Diver license.

This license is lifelong and internationally recognized. It is valid anywhere in the world.

While open water courses do vary among companies, a typical course requires eight training dives.

There are a number of different open water courses available of varying lengths to best suit your individual needs.


Consider a night dive or a dawn dive

Once you have mastered the basics of scuba diving you might want to consider taking an early morning dive or a late evening dive.


These are the busiest times of the day in the Great Barrier Reef’s thriving coral reef ecosystems, which means more marine life is visible.


Remember, when it comes to learning to scuba dive safety comes first.

All of our tour operators utilize experienced instructors and the highest-quality, safest equipment.