Learn Scuba diving and Explore one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World

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Great Barrier Reef learn to scuba dive courses

Learn Scuba diving; Reef Encounter also offers increasingly popular and internationally recognised SSI courses for beginners and novices.

Embark on a once in a lifetime aquatic adventure with us while receiving top of the range training and certification.

Duration 3-day intensive course (minimum)
OR four days for a more relaxed pace
Dives Eight training dives (min)
Class Size Stateroom – 4 Students to 1 Dive Instructor
Top Deck – Private Instructor to your booking party

Included in your Learn to scuba dive package

After you book your personalised Open Water Dive Course, you will receive information on how to download the SSI App to your smartphone, tablet or computer.

The online Theory ts best completed before starting your liveaboard trip

Once you have downloaded the app, you will not require an internet connection to work through your training.

Reef Encounter is an SSI Diamond Dive Centre

Our experienced Instructors guarantee you receive the very best dive education. Group numbers for a Learn to Dive Course are capped at a maximum of 4 students to 1 Instructor at all times – to ensure quality control and personal training.

Groups are much smaller than many other training vessels!

With a Reef Encounter course, students are taught to ‘Become Divers’ – not just learn about scuba diving. All in-water training rs done while onboard Reef Encounter, cutting out the need to travel to classroom and pool facilities.

Completing all scuba training in the ocean – in calm confined water – the result is qualified divers with more confidence, comfort and experience.

Plus, there is more time to witness the incredible wildlife when every part of your water training is in the ocean!

Our scuba lessons are designed to build each students level of confidence.

Initially, your training will focus on equipment use, practising essential dive skills and developing safe dive habits.

Training focuses on ensuring each student is confident with their ability to scuba dive independently with the dive skills they have learned.

Skills such as underwater navigation and being a good scuba dive buddy are practised so that students leave as confident Open Water Divers.

Flexible Course Options

Choose a three day or four days learn to scuba dive course

Choose either an intensive three-day course (2 nights) – or in a more relaxed pace four-day(3 nights).

An excellent to practice your new skills, gain experience and have some great scuba experiences!

Learn to Dive on the Top Deck Club

Reef Encounter ‘s  Top Deck Club learn to scuba dive course,  learn to scuba dive with your own Top Deck Club instructor.

Your scuba diving instructor will review your understanding of the theory and make sure you are comfortable with your knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of scuba diving.

SSI (Scuba Schools International) is an International organisation that has been teaching scuba diving for over 40 years.

Our Learn Scuba Diving course is suited to first time and novice divers and will equip you with fundamental scuba diving knowledge and practice.

See a diverse array of marine life, including the world’s most extensive coral system; it’s the largest living thing on earth.

The extended Cairns liveaboard trips mean that you can take in as much of this world wonder as possible before returning to shore in Cairns as an SSI certified diver.

Great Barrier Reefs Liveaboard trips are amongst our most popular, and we see many customers returning for an advanced scuba diving course.

If you have time, we do recommend that you stay longer to increase your scuba diving confidence.