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Jun 15

Becoming a Certified Scuba Diver on the Great Barrier Reef

Posted on June 15, 2014 by

Learning to scuba dive Great Barrier Reef

Getting your open water dive certificate will be one of the best things you’ll do in your life time, not only will you witness the many wonders of the underwater world, you will become part of a network of like-minded people who are up for adventure. As a dive master who has enjoyed a career of diving, dived for a hobby and based holidays around breathtaking dive sites, I will preach to the cows (or cow tail rays in this case) come home about  how fantastic it is to dive! Do it solo and meet new friends or as a couple and be lifetime buddies in and out of the water…those who play together stay together!

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most amazing places in the world to scuba dive and there are many options to become certified. Why not combine your next holiday with a dive course and walk away with the best souvenir….a dive ticket!

Scuba Diving Great Barrier Reef

What option suits you?

A standard open water course takes 4 days to complete with 2 days in the pool and classroom on land and 2 days on the Great Barrier Reef for your 4 open water training dives.

Here’s a variety of ways to compete your course:

  • Your 2 class room and pool days can be completed in a dive centre near your home before travel, this is helpful if you are limited for time. There are dive centres all around the world and you’ll be surprised where you will find them. You will receive a referral from your instructor to pass onto the next dive company. PADI is a commonly certification company used around the world.
  • Ensure you are healthy to dive before you start the course; medical ailments such as ear problems, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, heart or lung disorders and some medications may prevent you from diving. You may need to get a medical check with your GP before the course and a letter stating you are fit to dive. Contact us at the Tour Specialists if you have any concerns.
  • Your 2 boat day component of your course can be on a day vessel returning you to land at the end of the day where you will be able to complete 2 dives each day. This is handy if you have friends or family with you who have decided not to join the course and see some of the other beautiful sights in the area.
  • Or upgrade to a live aboard vessel, you will be required to stay at least the 1 night to complete your 4 course dives but why not upgrade to 2 or 3 nights and you will be able to dive as a certified diver and maybe even complete a night dive.
  • Extending your live aboard stay? How about continuing on to an advanced course, this consists of 5 specialised dives. You will need to complete a deep dive and navigation dive with your instructor and get the choice of 3 specialty dives from a selection of 8 including navigation, search and recovery, photography and marine life identification.
  • Friends and family who are not diving can join as snorkelers on board the day or live aboard boats, this way you’ll still be enjoying  your holiday together.

Scuba Diving Great Barrier Reef

There are many different dive and cruise companies that run courses year round in Cairns. To help you choose the best course for you chat to a Tour Specialist staff member about your requirements for unbiased advice and information.

For Scuba Diving courses click here 

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Author: Kelly – A Cairns Holiday Specialists Tour Specialist

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