There is no other place in the world where you would want to Learn to Scuba dive than on The Great Barrier Reef.

It all Starts in Cairns the Gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef one of the “10 Natural Wonders of the World” and the oldest living Rainforest in the World the “Daintree Rainforest”, where you can experience two World Heritage Sites on your Learn to Scuba Dive and Daintree Rainforest 4 day package.
Spending 3 days and 2 nights on the Great Barrier Reef onboard “Reef Encounter” and 1 day discovering the splendour of the Daintree Rainforest and it’s headlands  “Cape Tribulation”.

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Learn to Scuba dive on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard

There is no where in the World that beats learning to scuba dive than on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef onboard Cairns Pemier Liveaboard “Reef Encounter”.

Our Learn to Scuba dive course includes 8 day dives, twin stateroom accommodation and all chef prepared meals

Take the plunge and learn to Scuba Dive in the crystal clear waters of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef with our 3 day, 2 night liveaboard Learn to scuba dive Course and become a qualified scuba diver at the Great Barrier Reef! Live, eat, sleep and learn how to scuba dive onboard the leading dive training boat, ‘Reef Encounter’.

Upon successful completion of your Great Barrier Reef scuba dive course, you will receive your Open Water Diver Licence – an internationally recognised qualification that lets you scuba dive across around the World.

Where quality training and Great Barrier Reef scuba diving are what you’re looking for, no-one beats Reef Encounter’s Learn to Dive programme for experience and value.

The course includes 8 training scuba dives on the world famous Great Barrier Reef, cutting out the need for any swimming pool lessons.

All academic and practical training is conducted onboard Reef Encounter, with guaranteed small group numbers of 4 students to 1 Instructor.

Your Learn to Scuba Dive Course
  • 8 Daytime training  scuba dives  (Night dives optional extra)
  • All scuba diving equipment, including dive computer (wetsuite not included)
  • All course materials provided onboard including your own take-away Divers Log-Book
  • Personalised tuition, maximum 4 students per Instructor

Your Dive Course Includes

  • On board Chef Preparing quality meals daily (Dietary requirements catered for)
  • Coffee, Tea, Milo whilst boat is stationary
  • Fresh fruits available during the day
  • Snorkel Equipment and Instruction. (Fins, Mask and Snorkel)
  • Marine Biologist Presentation on board Reef Experience on route to Reef Encounter
  • All Scuba Diving equipment excluding Wetsuit
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour with Marine Life Commentary
  • Overnight luxury Stateroom Accommodation all rooms have ensuite
  • Fully Air conditioned
  • Bath and Beach Towels
  • Snorkelling and Scuba Diving at spectacular reef locations
  • Government Reef Levies and Taxes

Reef Encounter Facilities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Modern ocean-view rooms
  • Private bathrooms
  • Large dining area, bar & lounge area
  • On board heated spa
  • On board water desalination plant
  • Hydraulic dive/ snorkel platform
  • Helipad 

Requirements for Your Dive Course

  • Minimum age 12 years. Children under 15 years must be accompanied by a parent or adult
  • Students must be able to swim at a basic level
  • After booking your Learn To Scuba Dive Course you will receive an email with information asking you to complete an online training lesson. This is to be completed before boarding Reef Encounter.
  • You are required to be medically fit to take part in our Personalised Open Water Course, please read below regarding Medical Conditions and the taking of Medication. If you suffer from anything below a Dive Medical will be required prior to commencing.

Queensland Dive Laws are the strictest in the World – with the safest dive record in the world.

Please be aware that Some Medical Conditions or Medications that are being taken could prevent you from participating in partaking in your Open Water Course.

To prevent disappointment on-the day, If you wish to partake in our Introductory/Resort Scuba dive, it is the passengers responsibility to ensure they are medically fit to dive.

Medical Conditions

If you have EVER suffered from any of the following conditions, you will require a dive medical to Australian standard AS. 4005.1. Before being allowed to Scuba Dive.

  • Asthma / Wheezing or use of an inhaler
  • Brain, spinal cord or nervous disorder
  • Chronic bronchitis or persistent chest complaint
  • Chronic sinus condition
  • Collapsed Lung (pneumothorax)
  • Diabetes
  • Chest Surgery
  • Heart Disease of any kind
  • Crones Disease
  • the common cold will prevent you from any Scuba Diving activities

If you are CURRENTLY suffering from or have recently had any of the following conditions or procedures, you will require a dive medical to Australian standard AS. 4005.1. Before being allowed to Scuba Dive.

  • Breathlessness
  • Chronic ear discharge or infection
  • High blood pressure
  • Ear Surgery
  • Epilepsy
  • Fainting Seizures or blackouts
  • Recurrent ear problems when flying
  • Tuberculosis or any other long term disease
  • Any illness or operation within the last month
  • Perforated eardrum

Being pregnant will prohibit you from Scuba Diving

Please be aware that the above does not cover every medical condition there maybe other medical conditions that I not listed.

If you are taking any Medications for anything we can check if these are safe for diving with the local Dive doctor. This is necessary as some medications can become dangerous underwater.  These checks are done on the day of travel and can be difficult for the dive doctor to approve without consultation with you.

We can only give them information submitted to us on your medical form so please understand that the dive Doctor may require a full dive medical to clear you to dive.

It is not our company’s decision regarding these laws –  we are regulated by the  Queensland Government.

Please contact our office, if you do require any further information regarding possible medical conditions.

If you have existing medical conditions, operations, taking medication have used an inhaler then you will need permission from the Dive Doctor to Scuba Dive.  If you have any doubts or queries regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

What to Bring

  • Overnight bag – If you wish to store any excess luggage we are happy to do so in our office at 100 Abbott street Cairns.
  • For safety reasons Reef Encounter has a “No Shoe” policy. (There is no need to bring extra pairs of shoes)
  • Cash or credit card for purchases of snacks from the bar / souvenirs for sale on-board or underwater camera hire.
  • Sun hat, swimming clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses, light casual clothing.
  • As the air-conditioning is on a set temperature for the heat during the day it can become quite cool in the evenings, even just being on the Great Barrier Reef can be cooler at night-time, therefore a light pullover, cardigan should be taken 

Optional Extras

  • Wetsuit hire
  • Night time Introductory Dive
  • Soft drinks, snacks etc
  • Underwater Camera Hire
  • Prescription Mask
  • Alcohol available on board – NO BYO 

Learn to Scuba Itinerary

 Day 1
7:30 am Breakfast onboard Reef Experience, Marlin Jetty “A” Finger , Cairns
8:00 am Depart Marlin Jetty
Marine Biologist Presentation
Scuba Dive Snorkel briefing
10:30 am Arrive Outer Great Barrier Reef  ~ Transfer to Reef Encounter
Scuba Dive Snorkel Sun bake and relaxation time
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Dive 1 with skills
3:00 pm Cruise to our next spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef location
3:30 pm Dive 2 with skills
Glass bottom boat tour
6:00 pm Dinner & Dessert
7:30 pm Introductory resort night dive at own expense
Relaxation time, star watching board games, movies

Day 2

6:30 am Dive 3 with skills
7:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am Scuba Dive, snorkel or lounge on a deck chair
11:00 am Cruise to our next spectacular reef location
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Dive 5 with skills
3:00 pm Cruise to our next spectacular reef location
3:30 pm Dive 6 with skills
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Introductory resort night dive at own expense
Relaxation time, star watching board games, movies

Day Three

7:00 am  Dive 7 with skills
7:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am Check out of Room – Store Luggage in Transfer Room – Share Showers
9:00 am Dive 8 with skills
11:00 am Cruise to our next spectacular reef location
Glass Bottom Boat Tours, Diving, Snorkeling, Sun baking Relaxing time
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Transfer To Reef Experience
Cruise tour to our next spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef location
1:45 pm Snorkel, Sun bake, Relax
3:30 pm Complimentary Wine and Cheese, fresh tropical fruits
4:30 pm Arrive Cairns
Itineraries can change due to seasons and weather conditions

Accommodation is not included on this 3rd Night

Day 4

Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation

Today you will be heading to the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest. Magnificent coastal rainforest and pristine tropical beaches stretching from the sugar town of Mossman to the Bloomfield River and all within 3 hours from Cairns.
Travelling  from Cairns to Cape Tribulation (the headlands of the Daintree Rainforest) along one of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia.
Passing through beautiful Palm Cove and continuing your journey north to the seaside village of Port Douglas, where you will enjoy a tour around town plus flagstaff hill overlooking four-mile beach and the historical St Mary’s by the Sea.
On the road again to the southern edge of the Daintree National Park – the magical “Mossman Gorge” surrounded by lush rainforest, where the clear mountain river cuts through thick Rainforest and tumbles over boulders on its journey to the sea. Enjoy a morning tea of bush scones then a guided walk in dense tropical Rainforest.
Heading further north towards the Daintree Tea House for a delicious lunch in a setting unlike any other. After Lunch you will join a small and personalised tour on the Daintree River, taking you through the domain of the large estuarine crocodiles. Egrets wade near mangroves in the murky water of the river. Look for pythons, tree snakes, butterflies and lots of other wildlife on this cruise.
Crossing the mighty Daintree River on a cable ferry, you are now entering the Cape Tribulation section of the Daintree national park.
This is where it all begins to change. You will feel like you have entered a different world with Rainforest towering over narrow winding roads.
Stopping at Alexandra lookout where you will have to opportunity for some stunning photographs on the way to Cape Tribulation.

Daintree Rainforest Itinerary

  • 7.00 – 7.30 am Pickup from your Cairns Accommodation
  • Tour of Palm Cove
  • Rex lookout: on one of the nicest coastal drives in Australia
  • Driving town tour of Port Douglas, including Flagstaff hill lookout overlooking four mile beach
  • Spectacular Mossman Gorge: guided walk and swim option (if time or weather permits)
  •  A delicious lunch, tropical fruit tasting
  • Morning Tea
  • Daintree River Cruise: try your luck at Crocodile and wildlife spotting
  •  World Heritage Rainforest/Areas
  • Fully guided walks- Rainforest Boardwalks in a unique environment of rainforest Alexandra lookout–coastal views over Daintree River mouth, Low Isles, Snapper Island and beyond to the Great Barrier Reef
  •  Cape Tribulation beach: “where the rainforest meets the reef”
  • Daintree Ice cream company- optional and popular local stop (own expense)
  • Daintree River cable ferry crossing
  • Returns to Cairns approximately 6.30 pm
  • (Itinerary is subject to change due to weather, operational or unforseen issues)

Daintree Rainforest Inclusions

  • Small group, offering unrivalled, friendly and personalised service
  • Air Conditioned comfortable late models vehicles
  • Mossman Gorge
  • Daintree River Cruise
  • Daintree Ferry
  • Morning Tea & Lunch
  • National Park Fees & Permits
  • Experienced Local Guides
  • Interpretation: friendly, knowledgeable Naturalist/Eco/World Heritage accredited guides

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hat,
  • sunscreen,
  • sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Cash for optional purchases
  • Water & Water Bottle
  •  Insect Repellent
  • Rain coat/Umbrella if looks like rain
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