Great Barrier Reef liveaboard ‘Reef Encounter’ is a premier scuba training facility, with scuba courses ranging from beginner ‘Open Water Courses’ to ‘Dive Professional’ levels. All courses are conducted onboard with experienced Scuba Instructors, combining training dives plus fun dives to maximise learning and guarantee you an unforgettable Great Barrier Reef experience.

Scuba dive Courses


How to book your Dive Course

FIRST choose the liveaboard tour type and your dates of travel – would you like a standard reef cruise or luxury reef cruise?  NEXT choose your add-ons which are the activities that each person wants to participate whilst onboard (EG: Beginner ‘Open Water Dive Course’ or an ‘Advanced Dive Course’, etc)  .

Passengers travelling together are able to participate in different activities – such as divers and snorkelers – on all Great Barrier Reef liveaboard tours.

What's the difference between a standard 'Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard' course and a 'Luxury Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard' course? ...Read

Standard ‘Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard’

A standard dive course includes world class scuba training onboard premier liveaboard vessel ‘Reef Encounter’. Complete your course with other guests enrolled on the same course in small group numbers, and upon completion receive a scuba licence that is recognised worldwide. All training dives are completed in the pristine waters of the Great Barrier Reef, with all classroom theory conducted onboard the boat and all required course materials included. As part of the liveaboard cruise you’ll get to visit a variety of outer Great Barrier Reef’s, wonderful hotel style accommodation and excellent Chef prepared meals. Accommodation is spacious and air conditioned – all cabins have their own ensuite and ocean view, and you have full access to the vessels facilities; such as sundeck, bar, hot-tub etc… plus the best crew on the Great Barrier Reef! Read More

‘Luxury Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard’

In addition to the course inclusions above, a ‘Luxury’ dive course guarantees private tuition throughout your scuba training. A dedicated Scuba Instructor will be assigned to your booking party for the duration of your liveaboard stay, so whether you’re travelling on your own, as a couple or as a family there will be a personal Instructor looking after all your on-board and in water needs. With the ‘Luxury’ tour, your training will be tailored to your personal needs and – along with your Instructor – you’ll be able to plan what times you’d like to complete the necessary scuba dives and when you’d just like to relax and enjoy being at the reef, without having to stick to a course schedule. Much like first class with an airline, the ‘Luxury Tour’ comes with many additional extras including (but not limited to) a personal crew member for private service, late check-out times, the best rooms on the boat, champagne upon arrival, evening turn-down cabin service, luxury three course evening meals served under the stars, evening cocktails… and more! Read More



Popular Dive Courses

Personalised Open Water Dive Course

If you are thinking about taking the plunge our 3-day Open Water Dive Course or 4-day Open Water Course are the way to do it! Learn to become a confident scuba diver while staying on the Great Barrier Reef… Read More

Open Water Referral Scuba Dive Course

Start your open water course with any SSI scuba dive center in the World and complete your dive course on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Reef Encounter  3 Day  Referral Dive package 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.  find out more about our Great Barrier Reef liveaboard referral scuba dive course

Advanced Adventurer Dive Course

Go further with your diving qualifications! The Advanced Adventurer course is the popular first step in continuing your dive training and developing your scuba skills…
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Stress and Rescue Scuba Dive Course

Say you’re a Stress and Rescue Diver! One of the most rewarding and valuable scuba training courses, you’ll learn how to recognise and deal with stress and how to handle diver rescues…Read More

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Specialty Dive Courses

Other dive courses available include Deep Diving, Navigation, Night Diving, Boat Diving and Science in Diving.   Please contact us to enrol or learn more about each of the speciality dive courses…

Dive Leader Program

Reef Encounter are a premier Dive Training Institution and offer Dive Leader programs including Dive Guide, Dive Master, Dive Control Specialist and Assistant Instructor. All dive professional programs are based on a working traineeship and take approximately 4 months to complete. For more information please contact us.