Reef Encounter Cairns SSI Open Water Diver Course on Great Barrier Reef 3 Day 2 Night

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  • 3Day2Night
  • Extra Night
2Night Twin Room (Dive Course) Per Person
2Night Double Room (Dive Course) Per Person
2Night VIP Topdeck Room (Dive Course) Per Person
Extra Night - 3 day dives & 1 night dive (Per Person)

Tour Information

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Learn to Dive Course : SSI Open Water Diver Course on the beautiful Great Barrier Reef!

Learn to dive course, also known as an ‘SSI Open Water Diver Course’, is the first recognised step in scuba diving training.  This is where you will learn the fundamentals to become a confident and capable scuba diver.

Upon completing your course, you will become a qualified Certified Diver and receive an Open Water Dive Licence, a lifelong, internationally recognised scuba diver rating.   That can be used wherever you wish to scuba dive across the globe!

The course is more personalised with a maximum of 4 students to one instructor. The result is qualified divers with more confidence, comfort, and experience than courses in a swimming pool. Plus, all dives are completed on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef with amazing marine life.

DAY1 07:30 AM: Boarding procedures begin at the Marlin Marina "A" Finger, at berth No. 8 “Reef Experience.” Breakfast will be served on this transfer vessel. 08:00 AM: Depart from Cairns Marina - A marine biologist will provide an introduction to the Great Barrier Reef ecology and a briefing on scuba diving and snorkeling during the transfer.
DAY3 4:30 PM: Expected arrival at Cairns Marina (arrival time may be adjusted due to seasonal variations).

Duration 3-day intensive course (minimum)
OR 4 days for a more relaxed pace
Dives 8 training dives (min)
Class Size Stateroom Guest – 4 Students to 1 Dive Instructor
Top Deck  Guest – Private Instructor to your booking party.
Enjoy upgrade cabin and premium service.
Enjoy resort level accommodation and amenities on a liveaboard on the Great Barrier Reef.Activities onboard include: snorkeling, scuba diving lessons, Delicious Food ,Enjoy your live-aboard stay with delicious Chef’s meals. Discover our VIP Top Deck Club package and have dinner under the stars and a personal valet.

Course Pre-Requisites

Requirements: Online Theory Training before onboard Course

Before starting your Learn to Dive Course with Reef Encounter, you must complete the theory portion of the course.   Next, your Dive Instructor will review your understanding of the theory. Then, finally, to make sure you are happy with your knowledge and understand the fundamentals of scuba diving.

You may finish the online Course on SSI app.

Requirements: Dive Medical Certificate Before beginning any Learn to Dive Course in Australia, you may be required by law to get a medical certificate that states you are healthy to scuba dive.

You must read the Scuba Divers Important Information page carefully before booking your course. Upon boarding, you will need to complete our Dive Medical. If you declare a medical condition (past or present) and/or take any medications, you will need a medical certificate.

In addition, all persons who are enrolled on any scuba training in Australia MUST acquire a medical certificate if they are over the age of 44 years (45 yrs and above) OR have a body mass index over 30 and a waist circumference greater than 102cm for males and 88cm for females.

The medical certification should be provided in English, preferably by a medical practitioner with experience in diving medicine, within 90 days prior to the commencement of training. The medical certificate must state that the person is medically fit to dive with the mentioned conditions/medications.

For more information on whether you will be required to provide a medical certificate, complete our simple look for the Can I go diving button on this page.

Tour Inclusions

  • 3 Day 2 Night : Up to 7 skilled sessions
  • Dive Tuition
  • Scuba equipment
  • Reef Pool Training and Ocean Dive Training
  • Great Barrier Reef accommodation with Reef Encounter, Cairns best Great Barrier Reef liveaboard
  • A variety of spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef locations during your stay
  • Snorkelling or scuba diving, depending on which you select upon booking.
  • Delicious  fresh meals
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Breakfast and lunch is served in a buffet format. Dinner is plated. Fruit is available throughout the day, along with tea and coffee.
  • All dietary requirements will be catered for – please advise us of these when booking.
  • Ocean-view suite for overnight stay on the Great Barrier Reef (Basic price with the option of 1 king bed or 2 twin beds), featuring a private ensuite bathroom.
  • All suites come with individual ensuite bathrooms, Towels and toiletries (soap and shampoo) are provided, All suites are equipped with Australian standard 220V~240V three-phase power outlets
  • Provision of the latest snorkeling and scuba diving equipment (additional fee may apply for scuba diving wetsuit Hire).
  • Night Dive opportunity available
  • Top Deck Club Liveaboard Packages upgraded Option*

Tour Exclusions

  • Theory Course , Guest need to finish SSI Dive Theory Course  on App or online training portal (Once you book , we may send you the link)
  • Barista Coffee, Soft Drinks, Alcohol, Snacks (Extra Cost payable on board )
  • Nitrox (Upgrade Cost payable on board )
  • Souvenir Photos, Tshirts and hats ( Payable on board )
  • Marine Levy: for a 3-day trip, the levy is $45 per person, for a 4-day trip, the levy is $60 per person, and so on.
  • Thermal suit: The thermal suit is not included in the itinerary cost. It is available at a cost of $5 per day. Please note that this is optional as Cairns has a warm tropical climate.
  • Round-trip transfers (Hotel to Marina): Advanced reservations can be made for round-trip transfers Return $20/ Northern Beach Transfer $35 . Please pay the driver on-site.
  • $100 A surcharge of $100 per person per trip if any date falls within travel from the:
    23/12/2024 to 01/01/2025 - Christmas

    18/04/2024 to 22/04/2024 - EasterPeak season and public holiday surcharge: An additional surcharge of $100 per person per trip applies if any date falls within the following travel periods: (Pay on Board)


Getting to Reef Encounter

Reef Encounter is always on the Great Barrier Reef.

By Boat (included in tariff)
Our sister vessel Reef Experience operates daily transfers meeting up with Reef Encounter.
Boarding starts at 7:30 am on Finger A on the Marlin Jetty, Cairns.
Hotel Transfer from Cairns City is available would be $20 as Return coach transfer fee.
Reef Experience will bring you back to the same destination between 4 and 4:30 pm on your final day.
Helicopter Transfers (optional extra)
Reef Encounter has a helipad on board for guests looking at adding some magic to their stay. You may choose to take a spectacular scenic flight.


  • All rates are in AUD, include GST & are valid until 31st march 2024.
  • Reef Encounter is a barefoot experience.
  • Pricing is per person for double occupancy (additional surcharge applies for single occupancy).
  • Accommodation on board : Check-In: 10:00 am / Check-Out: 8:00 am
  • If two people book together, they will automatically be arranged to share the same room. Please specify the bed type preference (1 double bed or 2 twin beds) at the time of booking; otherwise, it will be default to 2 twin beds. For solo travelers, room-sharing with a stranger on the board will be arranged (not guaranteed, please wait for the reservation confirmation)
  • When placing the order, please provide the following information for each traveler: Full English name, gender, bed type preference, and any dietary restrictions (vegetarian, no beef/pork, allergies, etc.)
  • Requirements: Age Limits for scuba diving course : 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)
  • Our Confidence In You : Our scuba lessons are designed to build each students level of confidence.   Starting in shallow, confined water before progressing to open water. Initially, your training will focus on equipment use, practising skills and developing safe scuba diving habits.At the end of your training places focuses on ensuring each student is confident with their own ability.  Diving independently with the dive skills under the close supervision of your Dive Instructor.During the learn to dive course, you will learn skills such as underwater navigation and being a good dive buddy.
  • Flexible Course Options : Choose a three day or four-day course The course can be completed as an intensive 3-day course (2 nights) or in a more relaxed 4-day course (3 nights). Which leaves more time for general relaxation and reef holiday fun. Once you have completed the required number of training dives on a four-day course, all additional dives that you do will be fun dives on the Great Barrier Reef with your new certification. This is a great opportunity to practice your new skills, gain experience and add confidence while having fun.
  • Upgrade : Top Deck Club Liveaboard :Experience the best luxurious liveaboard accommodation and fantastic service on the Great Barrier Reef. Make Your liveaboard trip the best it can be.
    Great Barrier Reef liveaboard with an extra touch of luxury ! The best way to see the Great Barrier Reef is on our Top Deck Club liveaboard. From the start of your liveaboard adventure to the moment you step off the boat.The Top Deck Club ensures a relaxing Reef liveaboard vacation with excellent service styled your way!
    - Excellent service : Our Top Deck liveaboard is designed for people who want to enjoy the best of the Great Barrier Reef in style! It’s a trip tailored to your personal needs, much like ‘first-class’ on an airline, so everyone’s Top Deck experience will be exceptional.
    The Top Deck package includes many additional luxuries, such as a dedicated personal valet, late check-out times, and deluxe three-course evening meals, in addition to an unmatched level of customer service.
    - A personal valet:Whether it’s a private scuba/snorkel tour with a professional in-water guide. In addition to a wealth of knowledge about marine life. Your personal crew member ensures that your vacation runs as smoothly as possible.From the moment you board until you wave goodbye, you can rest assured that all of your needs will be met.
    - Gourmet Meals:Each night of your stay, a deluxe three-course evening meal will be freshly prepared by our onboard Chef*.You can dine privately under the stars or with the other guests in the spacious dining saloon.
    - Sunset cocktails: Enjoy a continental or cooked breakfast prepared to your specifications, or join the other guests for a buffet-style breakfast served in the dining saloon*
    *Our chef will accommodate all dietary needs of our guests. Please let our helpful staff know if you have any special requests when making your reservation.
  • Top Deck Private Tuition : Firstly, you are guaranteed private tuition with one Scuba Instructor to your booking party.   Your crew member assigned as your personal valet will also be your Dive Instructor. Therefore their whole job is to look after you!Not only will your training be tailored to your personal needs, but they will also schedule your classes your own requirements – you are their only priority. Whether you’re travelling on your own, as a couple or as a family, there will be a personal Scuba Instructor for every step of your training.  Your valet will also look, after all, your onboard and in-water needs. (One Dive Instructor for each Top Deck booking group)

Luggage Requirements & What to Bring

  • Please bring with you only a small to medium overnight bag with personal items: Casual clothes, personal toiletries, sun hat, swimming clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses, medication if needed, jumper/pullover/cardigan as evenings can be cool etc.
  • For large luggage pieces that are not required at the reef, we offer a free luggage storage facility at Reef Encounter’s office in the city – 100 Abbott Street, Cairns, Qld 4870. It is about a 15-minute walk to the Cairns Marina from our offices. Office opening times are from 7am – 9pm, 7 days a week. If you have selected a bus pick-up option on the morning of your tour, you may leave any large items with the bus driver who will deliver them to our office storage facility
  • For safety reasons, Reef Encounter has a ‘no shoe’ policy. There is no need to bring extra pairs of shoes – socks are great
  • Personal dive/snorkel equipment if you would prefer to use your own. While equipment hire is included in your booking, you are welcome to bring any personal dive/snorkel items if you wish to. (Optional extras for hire are wetsuits and prescription lens masks)
  • Cash or credit card for purchases
  • Proof of certification if you are a Certified Scuba Diver (must be equivalent of Open Water Level or above) – this will be checked by the Dive Supervisor at the start of your trip. All persons intending to scuba dive should read the Scuba Divers Important information page.Read More
  • Dive medical if you are intending to Scuba Dive and require one to comply with Australian Dive Regulations – See our SCUBA Divers Important Information page to avoid disappointment on your trip.

Cancellation Policy

25% surcharge if change or cancel after order is placed. No refund if cancel within 30days.
Noticed: If you would like to cancel, please kindly email us to cancel the tour at least 2 business days prior to this cancellation period. Once cancellation is confirmed, you will receive your refund within 7-28 business days.
Cancellation notification needs to be formally replied receipt by us during our office hours as acknowledgement.
If your order only pays the deposit of a product: a, if the product has available seats on the departure date and price and contents are the same as the order you placed, the booking would be confirmed by us without additional notification to you, and the deposit is not refundable. b, if the product has no available seats or price or contents are not the same, we might provide alternative options. If you do not agree with the options, the deposit is refundable.

NOTE: FIT TRAVEL would adopt suppliers' cancellation policy. Cancellation fees, if any by the suppliers, will be charged according to the supppliers' cancellation policy ( FIT TRAVEL does not charge additional cancellation fees ).
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