Non-Certified scuba diving is diving for which you require absolutely no previous experience — you don’t even need to know how to swim! All you have to do is breathe and look at the fish — now we imagine you can do that!!
Obviously there is slightly more to do than that, but not much. Our experienced dive instructors will give you a comprehensive dive brief regarding the equipment, hand signals, how to equalise pressure, how to clear the mask and general diving procedures and answer any questions you may have enroute to the reef. This is a handheld 2 divers to one instructor (normal ratio is 4 :1 on other boats) so all you need to learn are a few basic skills and you will be under constant supervision of your instructor. We also do not plummet you down into the deep! Your dive will be in about 5-6 M depth – you can see the bottom and the surface and all the colour is within the first 10M so it is a great depth for your very first dive! You become one with nature surrounded by all our marine friends coming to greet you. The only problem is that you will become addicted to it …but that is Ok as we love to take you again and we also have another Great Barrier Reef Tour we do Ocean Freedom Cruise to Outer Edge Upolu Reef and Upolu Cay Reef . If you decide to dive there or on Ocean Free again the price, thereafter for any repeat dives will be at the price we advertise for the 2nd non-certified dive – bonus ! Happy diving!
**You will be required to fill out a dive medical questionnaire (supplied on the boat) to ensure that you have no medical problems (past or present) or taking any medication that may be contradictory to diving. Certain medical conditions and /or medication may prevent you from diving. Your safety is paramount to us – please ensure you answer truthfully. If optional diving is important to you on the day, and to ensure there are no disappointments on the day (our crew cannot make medical decisions on the day) please let us know (e: +61 firstname.lastname@example.org / ph: +61 7 40521111) if you are taking any medications or past or present medical conditions so we can advise whether medical clearance from a QLD diving doctor is required prior to your day of travel . We also have 24 hr medical centres in Cairns where you can get this done.
Scuba diving lesson (subject to no contra-indications to diving **) , tuition and a few skill tests on board and holding onto a bar in the water. Top quality scuba diving equipment (including Wet / Stinger Suit). 30 minute hand-held, fully guided scuba dive. On arrival at the reef you are put into small diver groups. The maximum group size on Ocean Free is 2 divers per instructor to ensure a very comfortable and relaxed experience. If you’re absolutely terrified, we will even offer you 1:1 instruction!! Ocean Free is the only company to offer such small numbers, as well as friendly, personalised instruction. Before entering the water the instructor will go through a few skills and then repeat once in the water holding onto a bar.
Once you are comfortable, you will slowly descend with your instructor and be gently guided over a beautiful coral garden 3-5m beneath the surface. Your qualified dive instructor will be with you the entire time, so you can enjoy the whole experience safely. If you’re still uncertain about whether or not to give it a go, then we are most pleased to advise that the Ocean Free policy allows you to try the dive and if after a few minutes being in the water you don’t like it, you can get out and not pay a cent. Now that’s an offer you can’t refuse! Come and give it a go — you won’t be disappointed!
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