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.

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 exceptional customer service to assist you with any aspect of your diving.

SSI Dive Courses

Learn to dive – 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 is the way to do it! Learn to become a confident scuba diver while staying on the Great Barrier Reef.
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Open Water Referral Scuba Dive Course

Start your open water course with any SSI scuba dive centre in the World and complete your dive course on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
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Advanced Adventurer Dive Certification

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 Certification

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.
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Dive Leader Program

Reef Encounter is a premier Dive Training Institution and offers 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.

Specialty Dive Certifications

Other dive courses available include certification in Nitrox Diving, Deep Diving, Navigation, Night Diving, Boat Diving and Science in Diving.
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Why choose the luxury liveaboard for dive lessons?

You get private tuition throughout your scuba training. A dedicated Scuba Instructor is 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.

Book your SSI dive course now

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