Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the only living structure on the planet that can be seen from outer space. Made up of nearly 2,900 individual reefs, 600 continental islands, and 300 coral cays, it’s the world’s largest single structure comprised of living organisms, making it a popular destination for divers all over the world. Queensland is home to stellar beaches and diving spots, but you will need to learn a few things before jumping feet first into the clear blue waters and swimming with the turtles.
How to prepare before a dive
Most fit, healthy people can scuba dive in Australia. Prior to diving, however, you will need to present a “C” Card that shows you are certified. If you are already in Australia, you can take a look at some of the most popular Cairns reef day dives that offer introductory courses with a professional dive guide that will generally go no deeper than 10 meters. Open water dive courses in Cairns take 4 to 5 days to complete and include 2 days of classroom theory that can be completed online beforehand if you want to save time. These courses will also include the training dives required to complete your certification and become a PADI or SSI-certified scuba diver. These courses make for a great introduction to the world of diving in Australia and while all training, instruction and equipment are provided, it is a good idea to invest in your own gear if you will head out to the Great Barrier Reef afterward.
Recommended equipment for a great dive
If you are going to invest in your own diving equipment to ensure you are comfortable for many dives in the open waters of Australia and beyond, you will need to cover a few basics first. Go for a scuba mask that allows you to keep hair out of your face and BCD and wetsuit that fit the shape of your body to allow for maximum comfort. Most companies are making gear for both men and women nowadays to ensure you can find exactly what you are looking for. Look for boots, gloves, and hoods that are high-quality to ensure your safety, but keep in mind that these are more so for cold weather diving. A good pair of fins will be crucial to complete your diving gear arsenal. Go ahead and spend a little more on quality as these will last longer than your other gear and pay off in the quality of your diving experience.
Enjoying one of the world´s most beautiful underwater treasures
Learning to scuba dive is fairly easy and can reward you with a passport of sorts to explore a whole new underwater world across the globe. While Australia offers a wide variety of things to do and see, exploring the underwater treasures that are the stunning coral reefs is one thing you simply cannot miss. Take a course, get certified, buy the proper gear, and you are ready for an adventure of a lifetime.