Diving at Hastings Reef

Experienced Certified Diver

Departing from the rear of the Seastar certified diver follow the descent line down to a comfortable depth of aproximately 8 metres. The mooring blocks are literally adjacent to the first “bommie” a distinctive type of coral growth. From here your guide will show through what is a maze of coral (it takes several weeks for the Dive Masters to fully learn and understand this area). Don’t be surprised to see tiny reef sharks, anemone fish, caves filled with small fish, painted crayfish (lobster), turtles, rays and cute epaulette sharks, just to name a few.

colourful-fish

Those experienced divers can choose to be taken to the “Wild Side” this is a one way dive, you enter the water from the dive tender and make a dive returning to the Seastar. There are rays, sharks, schools of thousands of small reef fish, lionfish, puffer fish, live conch shells, enormous giant clams and not to forget the walls of coral.

There are many different dive trails that can be taken from this one location and there is ample time to complete 2 full dives should you choose.

Recently Qualified Certified Diver

For the recently qualified Certified Diver the Seastar lagoon and fish bowl dive is remarkably safe and straightforward, you dive along the reef wall and into the reef. Very different to snorkelling at Michaelmas it is the larger fish that initially captures your attention but soon you become aware of the more subtle differences. The way the corals are growing, the larger schools of fish and everything seems so much more colourful, larger and interesting.

If you feel confident after this dive, you may request to attempt a second more challenging dive, perhaps even a “Wild Side” dive.

General information

In 2018, the Queensland Government updated its“Recreational Diving and Snorkelling Code of Practice”and-outlined new requirements for potential divers, especially with regards to medical fitness. Hence, anyone considering undertaking any form of diving, certified or introductory must complete a medical questionnaire before diving to assess their fitness to dive.

Flying and diving

You will not be able to dive if you are flying within 12 hours or if doing two dives, 24 hours.

Important Medical Information for Certified Divers

Must possess an internationally recognized SCUBA certificate card.

Certified divers are also required to to complete an on-board medical declaration form. Being a certified diver (licensed diver) allows more latitude in determining their medical fitness to dive.

The medical questionnaire for certified diving is as follows:

SINCE COMPLETING YOUR LAST DIVE MEDICAL ASSESSMENT

  • Have you suffered any illness or injury that may affect your ability to dive safely?
  • Are you currently suffering any illness or injury?

AND

  • Are you currently taking any prescription medication, other than the contraceptive pill?

Answering “no” to the first two questions will normally allow a certified diver to dive. However, if you are taking prescription medication and were taking it while doing your course or you have an updated medical, this will also normally allow a certified diver to dive.

Justifiably, this information can seem overwhelming.

Our main concern is your safety:

If answering “yes” to any of the medical questions, you are well advised to get a medical clearance prior to your trip to ensure the best possible experience on Seastar.