Learn to scuba dive on a Cairns liveaboard dive boat

With the world’s largest concentration of marine life, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the perfect place to learn to scuba dive

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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.

Reef Encounter’s personalised Open Water Dive Course is second to none if you are comfortable in the water you will certainly agree that this is the best way to learn

You can book our 3 day 2 night learn to scuba dive package (if you have more time another day is highly recommended as you will really get a lot more confidence in your diving

Our Learn to scuba dive course is all done on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef so while your learning you will be seeing all kinds of wonderful marine life and coral

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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.

 If you love service than consider Our Top Deck Club Learn to scuba dive Course

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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.