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 4 days for a more relaxed pace
Dives 8 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

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Scuba Diving Equipment
  • Tuition

Once you have booked your Personalised Open Water Dive Course you will receive a information on how to download the SSI App to your smart phone, tablet or computer to start your theory portion course prior to starting your liveaboard tour.

The online Theory is best completed prior to starting your liveaboard trip and can be completed over a period of time that suits you best as long as you save your work as you  go.

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

Reef Encounter is a Diamond Dive Center

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. This is much smaller than many other training vessels! We strongly recommend considering class size when enrolling on any scuba diving course

With a Reef Encounter course, students are taught to ‘Become Divers’ – not just learn about scuba diving. All in-water training is done while onboard Reef Encounter, cutting out the need to travel to classroom and pool facilities. We believe that by completing all scuba training in the ocean – in calm confined water – the end result is qualified divers with more confidence, comfort and experience, than courses where a the majority of time is spent in a swimming pool. Plus, there is more time to witness the wonderful wildlife when every part of your water training is conducted in the ocean!

Our Confidence In You

Our scuba lessons are designed to build each students level of confidence in shallow, confined water before progressing to open water. Initially your training will focus on equipment use, practicing essential dive skills and developing safe dive habits. The end of your training places focus on ensuring each student is confident with their own ability to dive independently with the dive skills they have learned, while still under the close supervision of your Dive Instructor. Skills such as underwater navigation and being a good dive buddy are practiced so that students leave as confident Open Water Divers

Flexible Course Options

Choose a three day or four day course The course can be completed as an intensive 3 day course (2 nights) – or in a more relaxed pace 4 day course (3 nights), which leaves more time for general relaxation and reef holiday fun. On a four day course, once you have completed the required number of training dives, all additional dives that you do will be fun dives on the Great Barrier Reef with your new certification. This is a great opportunity to practice your new skills, gain experience and just have some great scuba experiences!

Learn to Dive on the Top Deck Club

Reef Encounter also offers a Private Learn to Dive Course with the Top Deck Club – where your booking party will learn to scuba dive with an Instructor all to yourselves. (Minimum four day course (3 nights) for the Top Deck Club Learn to Dive). For more information on Top Deck Learn to Dive courses, see below…

Onboard Reef Encounter, 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.

Our liveaboard diving and snorkelling expeditions will grant you the time, means, and expertise to see the best of the Great Barrier Reef while gaining an internationally recognised diving qualification.

Our liveaboard Cairns learn to scuba dive tours give you more for your money; more time, more dives, more locations.

Relax on deck in the warm Australian sun or grab a snorkel and take an extra peek and the wonders that lie beneath the waves.

Our Cairns liveaboard scuba dive vessels are comfortable, our equipment is to of the range, and our teachers are friendly, experienced, and fun.

No matter what kind of group you are, an unforgettable time is guaranteed.

SSI (Scuba Schools International) is a global organization that has been teaching divers for over 40 years, and certifies both scuba diving and freediving skills.

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

Not only will you become a certified diver, but you will do it all at the best scuba dive site in the world – the Great Barrier Reef.

Scuba Diving at the Great Barrier Reef will allow you to see a hugely diverse array of marine life, including the world’s largest coral system, infact 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.

Cairns liveaboard   experience focuses on great customer service, comfort, and fun for the entirety of your cruise.

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

As well as training and a number of supervised dives, the liveaboard Cairns  trip includes snorkeling – all the equipment you need can be provided.

This is a great way to explore the stunning marine life while you are learning to scuba dive

If you want to learn to dive while you immerse yourself in the best dive site in the world, get in touch with Cairnsliveaboards.com.au to enquire about our Learn to Dive SSI  trips.

Cairns Liveaboard trips let you spend an amazing 3 days on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef  and return home with a Scuba diving certification under your belt!

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