Discover Dive FAQ

Is it hard to learn to scuba dive?
No, in fact, it's probably easier than you imagine especially if you're already comfortable in the water. Entry-level diver course is split into knowledge development, confined water (pool) skill training and four scuba training dives. The course is "performance based," which means that you progress as you learn and demonstrate knowledge and skill.

Do I have to be a great swimmer to be certified as an Open Water Diver?
You need to be is a reasonably proficient swimmer who is comfortable and relaxed in the water. The swimming requirement for certification is an easy 183 meters /200 yard non-stop swim (with no time or specific stroke requirement) and 10 minutes treading water.

I have medical history. Can I still dive?
To do a diving course you will first be required to have a dive medical that conforms with Australian Standards AS4005.1. Failing this medical, or having certain pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease and epilepsy will prevent you from diving. So will pregnancy. More about Dive Medicals....

My ears hurt when I dive to the bottom of a pool. Won't they hurt when I scuba dive?
Your ears hurt because water pressure pushes in on your eardrum. In your scuba course, you'll learn a simple technique to equalize your ears to the surrounding pressure, much like you do when you land in an airplane, and they won't hurt at all.

How long does it take to get to the dive sites?
In general, we travel between 1-1¼ hours to visit the dive sites of the Agincourt Reef area. The travel time does vary from site to site, and according to weather conditions.

What boat do you use?
You will be taken out on MV Silver Sonic, an ultra modern 32 meter, high speed luxury catamaran. With a top speed of 30 knots, your offered a faster, more comfortable trip to the Outer Barrier Reef, which means more time for you to enjoy each of the three sites visited daily.

What kind of dive sites do you visit?
With access to dozens of locations at 16 different reefs, three sites are chosen each day according to tidal and weather conditions. The crystal clear waters, beautiful corals and incredible fish life are found at Agincourt and Ribbon Reefs, 70 kilometres North East of Port Douglas and on the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Drift and wall dives, isolated pinnacles surrounded by Pelagic fish, and coral gardens with their endless variety of colourful wrasse, cods, parrot fish angel fish, clams and anemones makes a healthy living reef so beautiful.

Can my partner and children come on board the dive boat when I complete my Open Water training dives?
Everyone is welcome on board the boat whether they are diving or not as long as they are booked on in advance. All passengers have the option to either snorkel or just simply come along for a fun day out on the Great Barrier Reef. Morning and afternoon teas and a delicious buffet lunch is included in the cost of the trip.

Can I learn to dive if I'm trying to get pregnant or think I might be pregnant?
No - if you are trying to get pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant when you go for your dive medical, the Dr will deem you unfit to dive. There has been insufficient research done on the effect of diving on unborn babies, so it is safer to not mix diving with trying to start a family.