Tips to Scuba Diving in Australia

Scuba diving in Australia attracts millions of visitors each year, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the entire world. More than twenty thousand scuba diving operations occur every year off the eastern coast of Australia. Scuba diving in Australia is known to be a relaxing and exciting experience for divers of all ages. There are many places to visit in and around Australia which are perfect for scuba diving, and you have probably heard of one of the most popular places Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Australia truly is a scuba divers dream for marine life, underwater exploration and all the magnificent diving spots all over; below are just a few of our favourites:

The Great Barrier Reef

Located off the coast of Queensland in the Tropical North Queensland region. It is the second largest coral reef system in the entire world after the Great Pacific Ocean, home to hundreds of different types of sea life; including over a hundred varieties of corals. But the Great Barrier Reef certainly is not the only location to explore the underwater treasures of Australia. 

SS Yongala Wreck

Staying within the coastline of Queensland, a truly spectacular diving spot would certainly be the SS Yongala Wreck. A shipwreck which found itself at sunken to the depths of the ocean after a cyclone in 1911, hosts historic remains waiting to be explored by any diver.

Cod Hole

Located near the Great Barrier Reef is another well known and loved diving spot known as Cod Hole. Home to the Potato Cods as well as the Whitetip Reef Sharks and other marine life, Cod Hole will not only bring your diving experience to life but it is a perfect location to get underwater trigger happy – along with the trigger fishes. 

Christmas Island

Now, headed over to the coastlines of Western Australia, the remote Christmas Island awaits. Accompanying the rim line of the Java Trench, known to be the Indian Oceans deepest location, you’ll find incredible coral reefs to add to the wonder. 

Lord Howe Island

Last but certainly not least is the spectacular Lord Howe Island. A truly unique location as it finds itself at a juncture of five major ocean currents; thus making it not only a beautiful location to explore but you will learn that it hosts its own unique marine eco-system. An absolute must-see when planning your diving trips as you simply cannot miss out on the sub-tropical and tropical marine life. 

When it comes to diving anywhere in Australia, whether it be the Great Barrier Reef or even smaller more remote spots; there are some things you need to understand before you head out exploring the underwater beauty:

Scuba diving certification

The most common safety rules of scuba diving in Australia state that divers should never leave the water without first obtaining a valid diving certificate. This will serve as a legal requirement and will allow you to dive and enjoy the experience legally and according to regulation.  Another very important piece of information on safety is to always stay within three meters of the reef at all times. A good diving instructor will always let you know how deep you should be when diving.

Scuba diving in Australia also provides divers with a variety of great diving experiences. It would be a good idea for you to sign up for diving classes in order to gain more experience. Once you have completed your training, you can now try other diving courses and even join scuba clubs. It is also possible to become a guide in the waters if you want.

Read also: Diver Certification on Koh Tao (Thailand)

Equipment

Always check your equipment before diving in order to make sure that it is functioning properly before taking it to the reef. You can bring your own diving gear, but it is important that you never take air tanks with you when diving in Australia. Thats because they are not regulated to the same level as the other countries’ air tanks. Even if your air tank is Australian, it may still leak during a dive. 

Children

Scuba diving in Australia is not recommended to children under twelve years old. You should always talk to a licensed instructor first before allowing children to take scuba diving lessons. However there are always ways to expose children to activities which mimic scuba diving, but in shallow waters; so they can get in on the fun too. Snorkeling is also an another option.

About the writer behind this guestpost:

Michelle Williams is an avid writer, traveller, surfer (and many other outdoor pursuits). She has visited over 30 countries in the last 15 years and love to get off the beaten track and explore new destinations.
You are equally likely to find her with a laptop on the top of a mountain or a hidden beach. Her writing can be found across various publications online and she is always happy to write for anyone.
Website: www.cheapsurfgear.com where she sells scuba diving gear and accessories.
E-mail:  michelle@webmailant.com

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