Scuba Diving is the best way to  explore the Great Barrier Reef

Scuba Dive Cairns
Scuba dive Cairns Australia

Scuba diving is certainly the best way to explore Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and there are great options for you to choose even if you have never scuba dived before

When visiting the Great Barrier Reef, many people choose to further their diving skills by becoming a certified scuba diver.

Although, you don’t have to become a certified scuba diver to explore the reef, by doing so, you’ll be able to dive to deeper depths and locations that require a higher level of diving skills.

Reef Encounter offer a personalised open water dive course where all dives are done on the Great Barrier Reef over a minimum of 3 days and 2 nights

When you choose to become a certified scuba diver in Cairns, you’ll be given an international certification which allows you to scuba dive any where in the World

 The first step to becoming a certified scuba diver is to take an Open Water Course.

You’ll find Open Water Courses available with many diving trip packages.

The Great Barrier Reef is said to be one of the best locations in the world to learn how to scuba dive as the water conditions are ideal.

With an Open Water diving scuba course, you’ll first learn the fundamentals to scuba diving, such as how to operate the equipment.

You’ll do most of your training in the ocean with an Open Water Course for hands-on experience.

After completing the course, you’ll be given your Open Water license, which is valid anywhere in the world.

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Further your Scuba Skills

To further your scuba diving skills as a certified  diver, you can then take advanced scuba dive courses.

With advanced courses, you’ll spend more time in the water learning how to stay underwater longer and to dive to deeper depths.

In order to accomplish the skills needed to further your diving credentials, you’ll take multiple dives.

After completing the course, you’ll receive your Advanced Adventure Diver certification.


In addition to Advanced Adventure Diver courses, you can also take many other courses as well, which specialize in a certain area.

With specialized courses, you have the opportunity to become an SSI Dive Master or SSI Dive Control Specialist.

Optional courses include the Night Diving Speciality Course, Deep Diving Speciality Course, Diver Stress and Rescue Course and the Underwater Navigation Speciality Course.


Christmas tree worm is one of the interesting Great Barrier Reef animals you may see at the reef
Christmas tree worm

Specialty courses are exceptionally valuable in terms of your diving credentials and skills because you can take your love for scuba diving to the next level by making it your profession.

Specialized courses do require more time to complete and do have additional requirements, such as a valid CPR and First Aid certification, but upon completing the courses, doors to new diving opportunities open.

It’s fairly simple to become a certified diver.

By doing so, you’ll take your passion for exploring the world below the water’s surface to the next level as a certified diver.