Your PADI Open Water Course is conducted by a PADI 5 Star Facility, with the primary objective is to give, and teach you the knowledge to become an Open Water or Advanced Open scuba diver, instill a confidence to become a competant Scuba Diver and above all be a Safe and ecological aware Open Water Scuba Diver........ and you know what.....meet new friends and have loads of fun.
This Dive Centre with it's two Purpose Built Dive Pools, is reknowned as a friendly meeting place for divers, a place to hang out ,practice skills, even stay in basic accommodation for a small fee....enjoy a cup of coffee on the balcony overlooking the dive pool and simply relax and discuss local dive sites and travel experiences
Important Information For Learn to Dive Course Participants:
Prior to commencing your Learn to Dive Course you are required to complete the self-assessment Entry Level Student Dive Medical Declaration. A positive response to any question means that there is a pre-existing condition that may affect your safety while diving and you must consult a medical practitioner preferably with experience in diving medicine to obtain a dive medical certificate that states that you are fit to undertake recreational diver training.
To avoid disappointment we suggest that you complete the Student Diver Medical Declaration and if necessary obtain a dive medical from a doctor prior to commencement. (Any costs associated in this process are payable direct to the doctor). (Contact us for a copy of the Entry Level Student Dive Medical Declaration)
Important Note: Student Diver Medical Declaration and Dive Medical (if required) must be completed within 90 days of commencement of your learn to dive course.
What is the best time of year to dive in Queensland?
The warm waters of Tropical North Queensland are ideal for year round diving. Water temperature can vary from 22° to 28° Celsius (75° to 85°F).
Are there sharks on the Great Barrier Reef?
Yes, there are sharks in every ocean. A variety of sharks inhabit the Great Barrier Reef. What we most commonly encounter are smaller species which pose no threat to divers or snorkellers. The shark that Australia is infamous for is the Great White shark, prefers cold water of the Southern Ocean and does not exist in Tropical North Queensland.
I have heard about the stinging jellyfish. Can I still go diving?
There are 2 main types of dangerous jellyfish in our local waters. The Box Jellyfish is coastal dwelling and is never seen on the reef. They breed in estuaries and live their life on the shoreline, therefore do not pose a threat to divers. The Irukandji jellyfish is also predominantly a coastal dweller but is occasionally found on the reef. Divers are rarely troubled by either species but there is still a risk of being stung. Full body coverage is recommended when jellyfish are prevalent. The jellyfish season in North Queensland is from November to April.
What depths will I be diving to?
The Great Barrier Reef is generally not a deep dive destination – so more your shallow diving. Our dive sites have an average depth range of 10 - 18 metres. As coral relies on sunlight for growth, some of the best snorkelling and diving can be done in shallow areas around the reef top.
When can I fly next after diving?
PADI standards recommend you leave at least 24 hours after your last dive before flying. You can fly, then dive the same day, however not dive then fly. You will complete your last dive around 12 noon on your last day of the liveaboard trip, so flying the next day anytime after noon will be ok. Other activities to avoid are sky diving, hot air ballooning and going to Kuranda.
What do I have to do to complete my Learn to Dive?
Minimum age – 12 years of age
10 minute tread water 200m swim or 300m with snorkel and fins
Self Assessment Student Medical Declaration to determine if you are required to produce a written dive medical. The dive medical can be completed by any doctor (in English) but we strongly suggest you find a doctor with scuba diving experience.
What happens if I fail my Medical?
In most cases you will obtain a full refund (available only up until the end of the first day of class) for most companies. Some medical conditions that can preclude you from diving include heart disease, asthma, diabetes and epilepsy.
What do I bring to my pool and theory sessions?
You will need to bring your swimsuit and a towel. You will also need to bring cash on both days for lunch.
How many people will be in my class?
The maximum student/instructor ratio is 10 students to 1 instructor in the pool and 8 students to 1 instructor on the outer reef. The classroom numbers are capped at 16 students.
Majority of dive companies offer courses in German and Japanese. PADI and SSI offer a wide variety of languages in the Learn to Dive manuals i.e. Italian, French, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Korean and Chinese. Please make your request at least 2 weeks prior to you starting your course and we will endeavour to obtain the correct manual for you.
Do I need a medical to go diving?
Important Information For Course Participants continuing on with their dive education.
Insufficient dive qualifications and/or some medical conditions may prevent you from diving. Prior to diving, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire regarding your diving qualifications, experience & current fitness to dive prior to commencing your course. Participants will be required to complete a PADI Medical statement.
Should you answer yes to any of the medical question asked you will be required to consult a doctor to acquire a written medical clearance to dive prior to your dive course/trip. If you are unsure about a specific medical condition please check with your doctor or with us prior to making your reservation.
Important Information For Certified Divers
You will be required to sign a Waiver Release & Indemnity Deed onboard the vessel.
Please Note: Some medical conditions may prevent you diving. You will be required to complete a waiver and medical statement prior to diving. If you would answer 'Yes' to any of the questions below you will need to consult a doctor and acquire a medical certificate stating that you're 'fit to dive' prior to your dive trip.
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