Introductory Scuba Diving Explore the Great Barrier Reef.

Introductory scuba diving allows people to experience scuba diving under the guidance of a qualified instructor.

This is a fantastic way to explore the reef. Once you have your scuba gear on, you will be introduced to the reef as if you were a fish.

Free Scuba diving demonstration

Onboard Reef Encounter, you can participate in a free introductory scuba diving demonstration.  This is where the dive crew suit you up and take you underwater to see if you are comfortable breathing underwater.

Qualified scuba diving instructors will have you underwater exploring the reef in a few minutes.

When you snorkel over the different reefs of the Great Barrier Reef, you get a glimpse of the draw that bring scuba divers from around the world just for the opportunity to dive here.

Most Great Barrier Reef tours offer visitors an opportunity to experience introductory scuba diving.

The introductory scuba diving program is also sometimes called a resort dive or discovery dive.

After you have experienced scuba diving and fallen in love with exploring the reef, head over to learn to scuba dive page

The introductory Scuba Diving program is designed to fit both those needs.

You will breathe underwater and practice a few skills. Most people will be comfortable with these task after the first or second try.

When you are ready, the instructor will lead you on a dive. Your guided tour of the reef will be at the same dive sites that the certified divers use.

Certified Open Water Divers can dive to 18 meters. However, the discovery dive is limited to 12 meters.

See more fish

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living thing on the planet.  While you are on your dive, you will see brightly coloured fish and coral.

Along the way, you will see turtles, angelfish and clownfish.

You will see more because you can go deeper and get the chance to look under ledges and caves.

As most open water divers will tell you, the top 10 meters is where most of the colour is on the Great Barrier Reef.

You will swim alongside your instructor, and they will point out different items of interest.

It is best to arrange your introductory scuba diving in the morning. The majority of guest who experiences an introductory dive will do a follow-up dive.

Next, you can try a second dive. Everyone is more relaxed on the second dive, and you generally see a lot more.

Frequently asked questions

How long is the introductory dive?

Our professional scuba diving instructors will take you on a 20-minute first-time dive experience.

The subsequent dives are usually a minimum of 30 minutes and are more relaxed.

How old do I need to be to do an introductory dive?

Introductory scuba diving is available from 12 years old.