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Reef Encounter: 3-Day Open Water Learn to Dive Course

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3-Day SSI Open Water Learn to Dive Course. Wake up and go to sleep on the reef, there is no need to spend two days on land finishing your swimming pool and classroom training, this entire course is completed on the Great Barrier Reef.

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$1,046.00

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Reef Encounter: 3-Day Open Water Learn to Dive Course

Tour Type: Open Water Learn to Dive Course | Operates: Daily | Departs: 8:00 am | Returns: 4:30 pm | Transfers: No, Make Own Way

HIGHLIGHTS:

3-Day SSI Open Water Learn to Dive Course. Wake up and go to sleep on the reef, there is no need to spend two days on land finishing your swimming pool and classroom training, this entire course is completed on the Great Barrier Reef.

AVAILABLE ON THIS TOUR:
3-Day Learn to Dive Course: Yes Includes All Dive Gear: Yes, BCD, Regs, Dive Computer
Meals: Yes, Chef Prepared Meals Online E-Learning Yes, to be completed before departure.
TWIN Share Rooms Yes SSI Open Water Certificiation Yes, Max Depth 18 Meters
Wetsuit Hire: Yes, $5 per day Reef Sites: Norman, Saxon, Hastings Reefs

You can also book a 3-Day/2-Night SSI Advanced Dive Course on this boat! Please see the price list below:

The Reef Encounter: 3-Day Open Water Learn to Dive Course is amazing, Why? Forget the swimming pool and classroom training! All confined water dives are completed in the shallow coral gardens of the Great Barrier Reef! It’s true, the shallow coral gardens are your giant swimming pool! Once you have completed the 4 confined water training dives in the shallow coral gardens of the reef, you can then finish the 4 ocean training dives on the outer reefs!

This course starts and finishes on the liveaboard dive boat Reef Encounter. Join the 3-day/2-Night liveaboard and spend all of your time on Norman, Saxon, and Hastings Reef systems. Beautiful diving in shallow coral gardens with many different species of soft and hard corals. Easy gentle sloping walls, with wonderful marine life. Wake up and go to sleep on the reef, there is no need to spend two days on land finishing your swimming pool and classroom training, this entire course is completed on the Great Barrier Reef.

The SSI Open Water Diver certification allows you to scuba dive, to a maximum depth of 18 meters anywhere in the World. Did you know SSI is a global leader in scuba diving education? SSI Dive centers are found at some of the best dive locations all around the world. Did you know both PADI and SSI recognize each other’s certifications? This means you can scuba dive at any PADI dive center too!

In this learn to dive course you will receive an email to login into the SSI online e-learning module. This needs to be completed before arriving on the boat. The boat trip is a 3-day/2-night liveaboard that includes all chef-prepared meals, full dive gear, and all bed linen. Bedrooms have 2 x single beds with private bathrooms. Wetsuits are only $5 per day to hire.

Once completed this 3-Day Open Water Learn to Dive Course gives you the SSI Open Water Diver Certification.

 

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SSI DIVE COURSES:

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Personalized Open Water Dive Course
3-Day/2-Night TWIN Bed Stateroom
Includes 8 x Day Dives
Open Water Dive Course8$1,046.00$45.00$1,091.00

SSI ADVANCED DIVE COURSES:

Advanced Dive Courses are for people who already have their open water certification.-
3 Day/2 Night - Stateroom + (Advanced Dive Course)Certified Diving + Advanced Dive Course10$1,010.00$45.00$1,055.00
3 Day/2 Night - Stateroom + (Advanced Dive Course + Nitrox Course)Certified Diving + Advanced Dive Course + Nitrox Course10$1,285.00$45.00$1,330.00

Itinerary:

Check-in is on the day boat Reef Experience which is located on A-Finger Marlin Marina Cairns at 7:30 am. Reef Experience will take you over to the mother ship Reef Encounter. Hot cooked breakfast is served onboard before Reef Experience departs at 8:00 am. Travel time is just over 1 hour and 20 minutes to arrive at Norman, Saxon, and Hastings Reefs.

This course includes a total of 8 x day dives completed over the 3-Days at sea. Once onboard Reef Encounter you will be allocated rooms either TWIN share rooms or if you are a couple and have booked the DOUBLE bedrooms. All rooms have their own private en-suite bathrooms.

Meals are prepared in the galley by the onboard chef, please let the crew know if you have any food allergies or requirements. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Morning and Afternoon Tea are provided daily.

On the last day, you will dock back in Cairns at 4:30 pm. Remember the SSI recommendation to allow up to 24 hours after diving before flying.

 

 

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Diving:

All dives are completed on the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy diving over beautiful coral gardens filled with hundreds of different species of soft and hard corals.

The dive course requires you to complete the online E-learning before departing on the boat for the 3-Day/2-Night liveaboard. You will complete all your confined training dives up in the shallows of the coral gardens of the Great Barrier Reef. You will then finish your deeper Open Water Dives to then be certified SSI open water divers.

The trip includes full dive gear like snorkel, fins, mask, lycra suit, BCD, regulators, and dive computer. Wetsuits you can hire on the boat for $5 per day. Once you are certified all certified dives are unguided this gives you the freedom to buddy up with another certified diver on the boat, perfect for exploring the great barrier reef. But you can still get a dive guide if you wish they do charge $15 per dive per person. Just talk to the crew on the boat to arrange this.

Remember to try any form of scuba diving you must be medically fit with no asthma and not be taking any prescription medication. SSI (Scuba Schools Internation) recommends allowing up to 24 hours after diving before flying in an airplane. Please note Reef Encounter has a strict no-refund policy on any dives not completed for any reason, also please note if you are over the age of 45 years you will need the Australian Standards A.S. 4005.1 Dive Medical. Please contact you local GP to arrange this before traveling on the boat.

Snorkeling:

Yes once you have completed your dives there is plenty of time to relax and snorkel on the reef. There is also a hot tub up on the front deck of the boat. Talk to the crew to set this up so you can relax.

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Tour Notes:

Remember to try any form of scuba diving you must be medically fit with no asthma and not be taking any prescription medication. SSI (Scuba Schools Internation) recommends allowing up to 24 hours after diving before flying in an airplane. Please note Reef Encounter has a strict no-refund policy on any dives not completed for any reason, also please note if you are over the age of 45 years you will need the Australian Standards A.S. 4005.1 Dive Medical. Please contact you local GP to arrange this before traveling on the boat.

Trip Cancelations and date changes. Please note Reef Encounter has a strict 30-day cancelation policy. If you cancel within 30 days of travel, there is no refund and they charge you the full value of your trip. So, if you need to change your trip date and cancel your trip you need to give more than 30 days’ notice!

The minimum age for enrolling on a Learn to Dive Course in Australia is 12 years old. Upon completing the course, students aged between 12-14 years will receive a ‘Junior Open Water Dive Licence.

Persons 15 years old and above will receive a full adult ‘Open Water Diver Licence’. While there is currently no maximum age limit, scuba diving is a potentially strenuous activity and should be undertaken by fit and active people of all ages. (Aforementioned medical and health restrictions apply)

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Spend over $550.00 AUD on your Great Barrier Reef tour with us and receive the latest Digital Underwater Camera Hire. Take amazing High-Resolution images and 1080 HD Video.

Not available for any tours to the Islands as fine white sand damages the seals on the cameras and makes them leak!

You need to come into our shop located on the Cairns Esplanade the day before departure to pick up the camera before 5:30 pm. You also need to supply your own SD Camera Card and drop the camera off back at our shop before 6:00pm.