Referral Dive

Did you know you could do part of your Open Water course before you get to The Reef?

If you want to make the most of your holiday and maximize your fun time in the water then why not do the theory and pool part at home. That way you can finish your course in just 4 dives and start your new hobby as a diver immediately.

On Reef Encounter we offer the opportunity to complete your training with us all you need to do is

  • Complete all academic sections
  • Pass the Open water Exam
  • Complete all the pool/confined water sessions
  • Have all your referral paperwork completed, signed and less than 12 months old. It would be helpful to have this scanned and emailed to our office beforehand so we can make sure everything is in order and ready for your course
  • If you have any medical conditions, are taking any medication or are over 50 years old you need to get an Australian dive medical before coming onboard


Why do a Referral course?

Referral courses allow you to start your course in one place and finish it in another.

There are many reasons why people choose to do their certification this way such as; Time constraints, or conditions that my have prevented you completing a course before your planned holiday.

For others it’s time to get more comfortable in the water and the equipment before getting into the ocean. Whatever your reasons may be, here on Reef Encounter we have the skills and knowledge to get you through to becoming a certified diver and start enjoying everything the underwater world has to offer.

What to expect?

Once you arrive on Reef Encounter you will have the opportunity to complete a resort dive. This is a fun dive with just 2 skills to complete; a mask clear and a regulator clear.

Then you will be taken on a tour of our beautiful reef and it gives our instructors a chance to assess your capability in the water.

After your fun dive the course will begin, you will need to complete 4 training dives which will take a day and half. Hardly any time at all until you will be enjoying your new certification!

The training dives will consist of recaps on skills you have already completed in your pool session prior to arriving and anything you feel you need extra practice on, so you don’t have to worry about learning anything new you already know it!

Dives last around 30-40 minutes and the skills only take up a small portion of that time so the rest of the dive is for exploration and fun. Our instructors will show you the very best our reefs have to offer.

Once you are certified you can dive 4 times a day, including a night dive and can hire one of our expert guides (additional cost) to show you around and ensure you make the most of your new-found hobby!

Why choose Reef Encounter?

Reef Encounter is not a regular dive boat, we are a floating hotel that features spacious rooms with comfortable beds and ensuite bathrooms. All meals provided are cooked by our on board chef and are made to the highest standard and will accommodate all and any dietary needs.

Dive courses and guided groups are limited to 4 people to one instructor/guide so you get a more personal experience.

We have a professional photographer onboard to capture all your memories and friendly crew that make you feel part of the family.

Our crew are happy to assist you with whatever you need to make your stay the best it can be so don’t be shy contact us before hand if you have any concerns about your needs being met or discuss with crew onboard.

Book now and start the adventure

Best Place to Scuba Dive, Great Barrier Reef


Let me take you on a little journey…….

Imagine entering a whole new world. A world where you are weightless, like flying through space. A world of colours so vibrant they awaken all your senses and creatures so impossibly weird, your mind drinks it all in, excited and thirsty, not knowing what to focus on first.

Come with me to The Great Barrier Reef to delve beneath its surface and experience this part of the world.

The Great Barrier Reef is a place of wonder, so much to explore. From the moment your head goes beneath the water, it’s like being transported into a dream, a sensory overload. Corals of all colours, shapes and sizes, little fish that hide within the nooks and cranny’s, their iridescent scales twinkling while the sun rays break through the surface.

Prepare to see things so extraordinary; your mind can hardly comprehend. It will be overwhelming but so wonderfully calming. Your mind chatter stops, there are no phones down here. You are completely immersed in the present.


So are you ready to let me take you scuba diving? We are going to swim along huge walls of reef that stretch in every direction, too deep to see the bottom, and so humbling to be alongside something so awe-inspiringly vast.


Find weird and wonderful creatures, like the mesmerising cuttlefish that hovers like a spaceship and changes its colours in flashes and waves while its skin texture rises and falls to blend into its surroundings. See the flatworm swim,  its body rippling through the water like a magic carpet or a lionfish, beautiful as it fans out its spines like wings and dances amongst the tiny schools of fish surrounding him like confetti.


Come with me beneath the water into this whole new world. I would love to share it with you.

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