Experience the reef

Diving is very different to snorkelling, you can stay underwater for over 30 minutes and you are able observe the fascinating reef creatures in relaxed detail. Diving at the Great Barrier Reef – you can’t get any closer.

But most notably the reef fish will react to you more curiously as you are now below them because they feel less threatened. Don’t be surprised to find yourself surrounded by these small, colourful, inquisitive swimmers, it can be quite a shock if they see their reflection in your mask, prepare for a close encounter!

Introductory Diving

The perfect opportunity for first time divers to experience the reef in the best possible way.

Certified Diving

To ensure divers get the most of this reef all certified dives are guided by an experienced Dive Master, which is included in the fare.

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 Introductory Diver

Minimum age 12 years. The medical questionnaire for introductory diving is as follows:

HAVE YOU EVER SUFFERED FROM, OR DO YOU NOW SUFFER FROM, ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • Asthma or wheezing
  • Fainting, seizures or blackouts
  • Chronic Bronchitis or persistent chest complaint
  • Chronic sinus conditions
  • Chest surgery
  • Recurrent ear problems when flying
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes Mellitus (sugar diabetes)
  • Tuberculosis or other long-term lung disease
  • Brain, spinal cord or nervous disorder
  • Heart disease of any kind
  • Collapsed lung (pneumothorax)
  • Ear surgery

ARE YOU CURRENTLY SUFFERING FROM:

  • Breathlessness
  • Chronic Ear Discharge or infection
  • High blood pressure
  • Perforated eardrum
  • Other illness or operation within the last month
  • Are you currently taking any medicine or drug (except oral contraceptives)?
  • Have you ingested any alcohol within the eight hours prior to diving?
  • Are you pregnant?

ANSWERING “YES” TO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS MAY EXCLUDE YOU FROM DIVING

However:

Introductory divers who answered yes to any of the above questions we recommend obtaining a medical fitness clearance to dive (signed and dated) from a diving doctor before travel. With such a certificate, Seastar is able to take diving, someone who may have ticked “yes” to one of these questions.

NOTE: The above questionnaire is not restricted to that listed and other medical conditions should be revealed and a medical obtained.

At the conclusion of the medical form you will be required to acknowledge:

“Do you understand that concealment of any condition incompatible with safe diving might put your life or health at risk?”

This is where the disclosure of all medical conditions is essential, even those that may seem minor, enabling our dive crew to be able to give you the best possible advice.

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.

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 taking prescription medication and were taking it while doing their course or have an updated medical, this also will normally still 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.