SSI Referral DiverDid you know you could do part of your SSI Open Water Diver course before you get to the Reef?

If you want to make the most of your holiday and maximise 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 you can complete your dive training with us.


  • 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 45 years or older you need to get an Australian dive medical before coming onboard please click here to complete our scuba dive questionnaire to see if you do need a dive medical


Why do a Scuba Dive 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 bad weather conditions that may have prevented you from 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. A resort dive 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  referral scuba dive training dives which will take a day and a 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 before 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 scuba dive 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 newfound hobby!

Anyone booking a liveaboard with scuba diving please check: Can I go Diving?
Some medical conditions can prevent you from diving in Queensland, Australia.


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