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Australia dive courses are offered by a range of operations, across the width and breadth of this continent. 

Why learn to dive in Australia? Safety is a good reason.  Australia has some of the highest diving safety standards in the world, which sees the dive industry as being highly regulated, with all dive operators adhering to these standards.

Queensland, which is the home state for the Great Barrier Reef, attracts more scuba divers and people wanting to learn to dive in Australia, than anywhere else in the country.  No surprise really, the Great Barrier Reef is an international icon and on the ‘must do’ bucket list for most scuba divers. The Coral Sea has warm, clear blue water and most learn to dive courses are completed on day boats on liveaboard boats.

Dive operators in Queensland must adhere to  a strict ‘Code of Practice’, making this one of the safest places on the planet to learn to dive, not to mention one of the most beautiful.

You can also be assured that dive operators and learn to dive companies in Australia provide students with good quality, well maintained, dive gear.  This gives you additional peace of mind as under the water, correctly functioning equipment can mean the difference between a great day out diving or being frustrated with faulty equipment.

The high level of regulation, competition and sheer scale and experience of Australian scuba diving companies means you will have the very best and safest learn to dive experience possible. And by the way, the dive schools in Australia produce very good scuba divers.

Where is the Best Place to Learn to Dive in Australia?

There are a number of very good dive locations available to choose from within Australia. Each offers learn to dive students something a little different.  The main regions include Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. We’re pleased to provide a little more information on each of these below.

Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef

Queensland is home to the Great Barrier Reef and a fantastic place to learn to scuba dive. There’s many dive schools located across the state, meaning you can choose a destination to suit your itinerary.  The most popular of all is Cairns, in Tropical North of Queensland. 

If you choose to learn to dive in Cairns, then your practice dives will most likely be completed on the Outer Great Barrier Reef, which is about 60km offshore. Water visibility here is generally good and water temperature varies between 22 – 29 degrees. Other Queensland learn to dive destinations include Magnetic Island (Townsville), Ayr (Yongala Dive) and the Whitsundays.

New South Wales

New South Wales is further south than Queensland and does not have the Great Barrier Reef.  What it does have, is a fantastic range of dive destinations and some great shark diving. The best places to learn to scuba dive in New South Wales include Sydney, South West Rocks and Byron Bay.

If you choose to learn to dive in New South Wales, then you can expect water temperatures which vary between 14 – 25 degrees . Most learn to dive courses complete their practical dives on day trips or shore dives. Destinations vary and there is also some shore diving.

Western Australia

The best places to learn to dive in Western Australia are Perth and Exmouth. These two locations provide very different diving experiences. In Perth, the learn to dive courses generally provide practice dives from the beach and a boat, including a visit to Rottnest Island.  Exmouth dive courses give you the opportunity to be in the water with whale sharks and manta rays.

The water temperature in Western Australia is colder than Queensland and New South Wales. It varies between 14 – 25 degrees. Most learn to dive courses complete their practical dives on day trips. Destinations vary.

When is the best time of year to do a Learn to Dive Course in Australia?

Now! There is no best time, or right or wrong time, to do a learn to dive course in Australia. Each of the destinations offer learn to dive courses throughout the year.  Each of them provide excellent scuba diving opportunities and experiences all year round.  All equipment is provided, including wetsuits or lycra suits, pending the water temperature.

Booking a Learn to Dive Course in Australia

Dive in Australia has extensive experience with Australia’s learn to dive courses, options and locations. Contact us to discuss your preferred certification and location and we will advise and can book, a dive course to meet your needs. We are the Australia dive specialists.Products are listed on this site for your convenience, or contact us today FREE CALL - 1800 323 703.



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Beginners Guide to Scuba Diving
All of us have an adventurous side, but some of need a little more push then others to join in on the adventure! In a lot of cases it is the fear of the unknown that holds us back. Just the thought of learning to scuba dive or going diving for the first time can make some people feel very nervous and apprehensive because breathing underwater seems so unnatural.
I believe that if you want to throw caution to the wind, have faith and trust in your dive instructor you will take the plunge and be experiencing the spectacular wonders of the oceans in no time.
Below are a few tips from people who have completed their dive course that may answer your questions or concerns about learning to scuba dive.  These comments might help you get a better understanding of what to expect when you decide to take your first dive here in Australia.
1. Take time to research the course. Where do you want to learn? Which company do you want to go with? Does that company have a good reputation for safety and professionalism?
2. Choose a good location – The Great Barrier Reef was perfect with warm water, good visibility and spectacular shallow dive sites.
3. Face your fears and don’t give up! The end result will a memorable experience and take your breath away!
4. Listen to the instructors – We found ours very professional and know what they’re talking about.
5. Learning the basics in the pool and then doing your first ocean dives in warm, clear shallow water – gives you a feeling of comfort.
6. Learn with a group – everyone is at the same level of experience, more fun.
7. Drink lots of water and stay hydrated.
8. Take seasick medication if you’re not sure how you will go travelling on a boat!
9. It helps to have HOT Instructors ☺
10. Group size is important – You don’t want to be in too large a group, up to 8 is a good size.
11. Do a liveaboard dive course that you gives you more dives than just your 4 training or qualifying dives. The extra practice really helps and the night dive was amazing
12. Try and dive again as soon as you can after you’ve done your course as it’s good to practice what you’ve learned while it’s still fresh in your mind.
13. Don’t hold your breath! Just remember to keep breathing and try to relax.
14. Diving is not a race. Take it slow and steady as this helps with your air consumption and you see more of the amazing scenery.
15. Buy a good mask & snorkel. You will appreciate being more comfortable when scuba diving and a good mask is less likely to let water in.
16. When you buy a new mask you need to clean it out with toothpaste or defog it before using it for the first time.
17. Make sure you are comfortable with your dive buddy – learn to dive with a friend if you can or make sure you are happy with your allocated dive buddy.  If not let your instructor know so they can help you find a new one!
18. Try to relax and breathe slowly so you don’t consume your air too quickly.
19. Liveaboard dive trips and courses are much better value for money because you get a lot more dives that’ll help you to feel more comfortable underwater and you’ll get see heaps more stuff.
20. Scuba diving or breathing underwater can be a strange feeling at first but stick at it as it gets better dive by dive and you’ll love it.
21. Don’t drink too much alcohol the night before your dive trip – hangovers aren’t good for seasickness if it’s a bit bumpy and being seasick is the worst thing.
22. Remember not to fly for 24 hours after diving.
23. Bring a book or your ipod. There is nothing more relaxing than laying out on the sun deck in between dives and reading or listening to music.
24. Don’t bother with a cheap underwater camera. While most underwater disposable cameras are cheap but the picture quality is low, the memory storage is limited and you cannot preview them!
25. SO STAY POSITIVE! You are about to embark on one of the most exciting and spectacular adventures possible.
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