2-day SSI Referral Dive Course
includes 2-day/1-night Great Barrier Reef trip., Reef Encounter
The first four day dives you will make will be your course dives, wherer you learn, practice and refine your dive skills under the supervision of the dive instructor. If you pass the skills portion of the couse your fifth day dive will be as a newly certiifed diver.
There's also an optional (at an extra cost) introductory night dive offered after dinner on day 1 which you can take part in, so you could make up to 6 dives during this trp/course, and come away as a newly certified diver!
To learn more about the dive trip offered in conjunction with this course click here.
For a detailed trip itinerary, click here.
This course includes dives aboard Reef Encounter, a 115 foot Catamaran with a maximum of 4 student divers. The dive trip included in the course is for 2 days, 1 night, and allows 5 dives.
The Reef Encounter is one of the newest and nicest liveaboard vessels operating out of Cairns. A large 115ft Catamaran, built specially for extremely comfortable liveaboard diving, it has ample room for up to 42 passengers. There are spacious deck, dining, and recreation areas for relaxing between and after diving.
The boat is air-conditioned thoughout. We especially liked the spacious and nicely outfitted cabins, many of which had ensuite bathrooms. She's also the only boat on this part of the reef with a heated spa, a great place to warm up after a night dive.
For more info about this boat, see the floorplan.
You will ride out to board Reef Encounter aboard Compass Cruises speedy and stable day boat, the Reef Experience.
all course materials
all dive gear
About Compass Cruises
Compass Cruises is a locally owned and operated company. The owners, John and Lyndell, seem to be everywhere; on the boat, in town and in the office overseeing the operations. The company has been in business since 1988. They operate two different dive boats, the Compass, which takes one day trips, and also servers as the shuttle, taking divers to and from their live aboard boat, the Reef Encounter, which stays for long periods out on the reef.
The company has a diverse set of offerings with options to suit folks and a wide range of budgets. Scuba divers and snorkellers seeking a luxurious live aboard experience can enjoy the top deck club cabins and services and even fly out to the boat on a helicopter. Budget travelers can enjoy a day trip on the reef at the lowest price around, and will find that Compass budget live aboard options are also a great value.