Dive course on the Great Barrier Reef.

Reef Encounter is a Diamond Dive Centre – the highest rating of SSI Dive Training Facilities. Our experienced Instructors guarantee you receive the very best dive education. Reef Encounter prides itself on its high training and safety standards.

All training is done while onboard Reef Encounter, cutting out the need to travel to classroom and pool facilities. We believe that by completing all scuba training in the ocean, scuba divers have more confidence, comfort, and experience than courses where a large portion of time is spent in a swimming pool. Plus, there is more time to witness the wonderful wildlife when every part of your water training is conducted in the ocean!

A qualification you complete with Reef Encounter is recognised worldwide and can be used wherever you wish to scuba dive across the globe

*Anyone booking a trip with scuba diving must read our ‘SCUBA Divers Important Information’ Page…


Our Dive Courses

Learn To Dive

Learn all the fundamentals to help you become a confident, qualified scuba diver and achieve your Certified Diver Licence No experience necessary

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Advanced Adventure

Get your Advanced Adventure Certification and become certified to dive up to 30m (100ft)*! Includes dive training in five different dive specialty areas

Advanced Dive Certification on Cairns Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Australia

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Nitrox Certification

An Enriched Air Nitrox certification course ensures that you have the correct knowledge to dive safely with nitrox and its amazing benefits. For qualified divers or Learn To Dive students.

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Rescue Certification

Enhance your dive skills and safety in the water by becoming a qualified Stress and Rescue Diver – one of the most prestigious and beneficial recreational licences. For qualified divers

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Scuba Skills Update

Refresh your existing diving skills and keep current on any changes in diving techniques and equipment – For qualified divers

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Referral Scuba Dive Lessons

Begin your Learn To Scuba Dive course anywhere globally and complete it on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef!

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Additional Certified Dives

Once you have completed the required number of training dives for your course, all additional dives that you do will be fun dives on the Great Barrier Reef with your new certification. This is an excellent opportunity to practice your new skills, gain experience and have some great scuba dives!

Top Deck Club Dive Courses

There are lots of reasons to be a VIP Top Deck Club guest onboard Reef Encounter! For your dive courses, you can enjoy:

Private Tuition

Firstly, you are guaranteed private tuition with one Scuba Instructor to your booking party. If you book a Top Deck Club dive course, the crew member assigned as your personal valet will also be your Dive Instructor. Therefore their whole job is to look after you!

Not only will your training be tailored to your personal needs, but they do not need to schedule your classes around other guests requirements – you are their only priority.

Whether you’re travelling on your own, as a couple or as a family, there will be a personal Scuba Instructor for every step of your training – looking, after all, your onboard and in-water needs.

Learn at your own pace and enjoy your reef holiday

With the Top Deck Club, you are guaranteed that the pace of training suits your individual requirements. Working together with your personal Scuba Instructor on your dive course, you can choose which times of day you want to schedule your scuba dives and when you want to relax and enjoy being at the Great Barrier Reef.

Fancy a sleep-in? No problem! Want to go on a night dive just for fun instead of having to attend a theory class? You can start with the Top Deck Club.

See the full list of Top Deck Club inclusions and benefits.