Referral Dive Course Diver
Great Barrier Reef dive course
Referral Dive Course Diver
Great Barrier Reef dive course

Great Barrier Reef Referral Dive Course

Reef Encounter is an SSI Accredited training facility and has been offering outstanding scuba diving on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef for over 30 years.

The dive crew at Reef Encounter are dive professionals with outstanding customer service to assist you with any aspect of your diving.  Reef Encounter , the emphasis is on increased training in actual dive conditions.

A referral dive course is a course in which you conduct your pool and theory training with one dive school and your 4 open water training dives with another. This way, you can complete the first part, the pool and theory training, at home in your spare time so you don’t have to spend as much time learning to dive once you start your holiday on the Great Barrier Reef

The referral dive course is held onboard Reef Encounter  3 day 2 night liveaboard trip. As Reef Encounter is an SSI training facility, you need to make sure that you have done your initial open water training with an SSI training facility.

Great Barrier Reef liveaboard,  Reef Encounter is the pride of the Cairns liveaboard fleet, is permanently moored on the outer reef, cruising to a different dive location twice a day, we use our fast catamaran Reef Experience, to transfer you to and from the Reef Encounter. The staterooms onboard are double, twin with private ensuite and large windows overlooking the Great Barrier Reef

3 Day Referral Dive Course Itinerary

Day 1: Diving the Outer Great Barrier Reef

8:00am Depart Cairns onboard Reef Experience for a fast transfer to the outer reef where you will be transferred to the Reef Encounter. Onboard Reef Experience you will enjoy a BBQ breakfast and join our Marine Biologist presentation Once on the reef you will do your first 2 open water training dives

Day 2:  complete  2 open water training dives – you are now a certified diver! Now to get some experience as a certified diver and do your first scuba dive with your buddy. That night you might like to  experience the thrill of a night dive !

Day 3: 2 more dives returning to Cairns onboard Reef Experience .   Arriving in Cairns at approximately 4:30pm

Referral Scuba Dive Course Commences

Daily from Cairns


International Open water certification

4 referral dives, 3 certified dives and 1 night dive !

2 nights accommodation onboard luxury liveaboard vessel Reef Encounter

All delicious chef prepared meals while onboard Reef Encounter

Professional friendly instructors

Bed linen and towels included



Open water referral paperwork

Minimum age is 12 years (subject to a medical assessment). Children under the age of 15 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

Dive medical to the Australian Standard AS4005-1 is required. Australian medical standards are different to those overseas. Australia. Some medical conditions may preclude you from diving.

Your health and safety  is of  paramount importance to our company

Queensland Dive Laws are the strictest in the world – with the safest dive record in the world

Some Medical conditions and or medication may stop you from participating in Scuba Diving even if you are a certified diver.  These include Asthma or wheezing,  Brain spinal cord or nervous disorder, chronic bronchitis or persistent chest complaint, chronic sinus, collapsed lung, diabetes mellitis, most chest surgery, Epilepsy, Fainting, Seizure or blackouts, Heart Disease of any kind, recurrent ear problems when flying, tuberculosis or other long-term lung disease and High blood pressure.  Some prescription and non prescription medications including some Malaria prevention tablets may prevent you from diving.

If you are unsure of any medications or medical conditions please consult your Doctor – The Australian standard is Dive Medical A4005.1

It is not our companies decision regarding these laws –  we are regulated by the  Queensland Government.




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