Introductory/Resort & Scuba divers

Most people can try scuba diving while on board Reef Experience.

Some medical conditions, health issues and/or medications may prevent you from scuba diving (both past and current).
The Minimum age for participating in a resort dive is 12 years old. There is currently no maximum age limit, however scuba diving is a potentially strenuous activity and should be undertaken by fit and active people of all ages Medical & Health Restrictions.
You will be required to complete a medical questionnaire before participating in any scuba activities.

For example: Heart disease, asthma, epilepsy or diabetes, high or low blood pressure or anything that may cause fits, faints or blackouts. If you have ANY medical condition (past or current), health concern or ANY medication, please contact our friendly team before booking your dive – we’re here to help you have the reef trip of a lifetime and most medical restrictions for scuba in Australia can be addressed in advance with a simple email, whereas once you’re at sea it can be extremely difficult for us to get clearance for people to go scuba diving with a medical condition and/or medication – causing disappointment during the trip.

For any questions concerning a medical condition or medication, please  contact our office before booking your trip to avoid disappointment on the day.

Medical Form

All passengers intending to scuba dive are asked to complete a medical questionnaire to ensure you are medically fit to scuba dive. Certain medical conditions or medications may prevent you from participating in scuba activities. (Please see above)

Answering ‘yes’ to any question on the medical form will not necessarily mean you can not scuba dive, but it will indicate the need for further assessment from a licensed dive medical doctor.
To see an example medical form, click here . In some cases, passengers will need to provide a medical certificate to the Dive Instructor organising the trip that confirms you are fit to dive by Queensland Standards.

All valid medical certificates must conform to Australian Medical Standard AS4005-1 or they can not be accepted in Queensland.

If you are a diver or have dived before, please be aware that there may be a pre-existing condition that has not stopped you diving in your own country, but one that Australian laws do not allow; or a new condition may have developed which will affect your safety while diving now.

Certified Divers will be asked to provide proof of their qualification in the form of a divers license or divers logbook to the Dive Instructor on the day.

For any questions or assistance with lost cards, please contact our office and we will endeavour to verify your diver rating prior to your tour.

We reserve the right to refuse a Certified Dive to anyone who can not prove their certification. In this instance, you may dive as a Resort Diver if medically fit to do so.

 


What if I would answer ‘YES’?

If you or any of your group would answer ‘YES’ to any of the conditions – OR are taking any prescription medication (other than the oral contraceptive pill) – OR have another past/current health condition or medical concern – please email our helpful team so that we may advise you whether a medical assessment will be required in advance of your reef tour. Remember, we’re here to help make your Great Barrier Reef trip the experience of a lifetime! Most medical restrictions for scuba diving in Australia can be addressed in advance with a simple email, whereas once you’re at sea it can be extremely difficult for us to get clearance for people to dive – causing disappointment.

If you are taking medication our team can run a standard email check through our local scuba doctors – and let you know whether this medication is okay for scuba in Australia or if further assessment will be necessary. When emailing us, please do a separate line for each medication. The information you will need to provide for each person and medication is as follows:

      • Name
      • Date of Birth
      • Medication Name
      • Medical condition the medication is taken for
      • Dosage
      • How often dosage is taken (e.g. twice per day)
      • Other medications / conditions, please give information with details listed above

If our doctor’s response to the information provided is that you are medically fit to dive, this approval is valid for 90 days – on the condition that there is no change in the medical condition and/or medication of that person. If the doctor states that the person will require a medical check-up with a doctor prior to scuba diving, please follow the advice below.

What if a medical check-up with a doctor is deemed necessary?

There are certain medications, medical conditions and health concerns past and present, which will require you to get a medical assessment conducted by a doctor before you will be permitted to participate in any scuba activities in Australia. This medical check-up must meet certain criteria in order for it to be accepted as your permission to dive within Australia. Option A and Option B below are provided so that if you need a medical check-up prior to scuba diving, you can select the more convenient method preferred by you.

Option A) Medical Check-Up with your own Doctor

If required, the medical assessment may be conducted by any licenced Physician (i.e. your own licenced doctor), however MUST be conducted using the Australian Examination Form AS4005.1 – which we’ve attached for you to print out and take with you to your doctor.

The doctor MUST use this form to conduct the assessment, and you MUST bring these completed forms with you on your reef trip. The Australian examination form must be completed in English, preferably by a medical practitioner with experience in diving medicine, within 90 days prior to your intended scuba dive.

We strongly recommend that you use a medical centre that specifically caters to scuba diving examinations, unless your doctor is fully versed with the practices involved in scuba diving.

This is the link to the Australian Medical Examination 4005.1 Form which MUST be used in order for the assessment to be accepted as valid on your Great Barrier Reef Trip: AS4005.1 Medical Examination SCUBA Divers

Option B) Medical Check-Up in Cairns

If you would prefer, or if your own doctor cannot complete the Australian form in English as required, then you may book to have your scuba diving examination in Cairns, prior to your reef tour. You won’t need to print the Australian paperwork – just book an appointment and attend the consultation.

The cost is often lower than with your own doctor, as it is a common examination here. Pre-booking your appointment is strongly recommended.

 

Please note that medical examinations are conducted by doctors at your own expense. The dive centre has no control over the results – if the doctor deems that you are not fit to dive then this decision is final and you will not be permitted to participate in scuba diving during your reef tour – however snorkelling is a great alternative.

Medical Centers Cairns, specialising in scuba dive examinations

Cairns 24 Hour Medical Centre Corner of Florence and Grafton Streets, Cairns Phone: +61 (7) 4052 1119 Email: 24hour@doctors.com.au

Central Plaza Doctors Corner McLeod and Aplin Streets, Cairns Ph: +61 (7) 4046 8600 Email: info@cairnshealth.com.au

Cairns Central Medical Centre 112a Cairns Central Shopping Centre, McLeod Street, Cairns Phone: +61 (7) 4031 3717 Email: ccmc@iig.com.au

View our Terms & Conditions

  • Locations, prices and itinerary are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances without notice
  • We require a minimum of 48 hours notice to re-schedule a reservation.
  • Travel and dive insurance are highly recommended.

View our Cancellation Policy

We require a minimum of 48 hours notice to re-schedule a reservation. Cancellation fees are as follows:
  • 20% cancellation fee 30 days or more prior to departure
  • 50% cancellation fee if within 30 days prior to departure
  • 100% cancellation fee within 14 days prior to departure

View our Travel Insurance recommendation

We Strongly recommend passengers have their own travel insurance that covers for trip cancellations, all in-water activities and medical evacuations. Those wishing to scuba dive are also advised to ensure their insurance covers scuba diving activities.

Flying and Scuba Diving

Please remember you need to allow 24 hours after scuba diving before flying or travelling to altitude. You can fly then dive, but not dive then fly. For those travelling on a Reef & Helicopter day trip, the tour is designed with a low flying helicopter to ensure that you can scuba dive and then fly with this tour package.

 

See ‘Getting There’ for a map of Cairns City and Cairns Marina