Port Douglas Introductory Diving Great Barrier Reef

Beginner diving is exactly what the name suggests. It is more commonly known as ‘Introductory Diving’. It is scuba diving for beginners; people without a dive certification who just ‘want to give it a go’.

“Amazing Scuba Trip!!!”

My boyfriend, Ian and I are uncertified scuba divers and had our own instructor. Our instructor, Sam was awesome! I was pretty nervous in the beginning about breathing under water, but Sam was super patient and a great guide. We went on 3 dives and saw a turtle, a few sharks, and a huge sting ray in addition to several breathtakingly beautiful fish and coral (we also saw a cuttlefish). After our last dive, Sam went through the names of several of the creatures we saw in a book that he brought along. We considered going with one of the cheaper companies, but I’m glad that we didn’t. The personal attention and wonderful memories were definitely worth the few extra dollars spent.

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Port Douglas Beginner Diving – A Day To Be Spoiled with a 3:1 ratio

No more than 3 divers to 1 instructor ensures the best attention in the smallest group.

Our purpose fitted dive vessel can access unique diving areas, not visited by other people. These dive sites are carefully and specifically chosen to suit beginner divers, offering safe conditions and awe-inspiring coral and fish life to maximise your first dive experience.

Breathing underwater for the first time is exciting. The unique feeling of weightlessness can be exhilarating and ever so slightly addictive! This is your day to experience something new, something that may well change your life and it’s our job to make sure you enjoy the maximum.

We are passionate about teaching scuba diving and the Great Barrier Reef, which is a winning combination for everyone.

Personalised Teaching Methods – No need to be nervous!

We handle first time divers with utmost care and personal attention, providing a unique, safe, one-on-one instructional environment with flexible learning options.

If you are a little nervous about jumping in the ocean, how about taking those first breaths in the swimming pool with your feet firmly on the ground? First time dives in a pool are a great option to overcome initial nervousness and ensure you will wholeheartedly enjoy your first time reef experience.

The Best Experience!

My husband is a certified scuba diver and I am not. I barely know how to swim and I am terrified of being in the water. Diving the great barrier reef was once a dream, but thanks to ABC DIVE & SNORKEL, I can’t thank them enough to make my first trip to Australia a memorable one. The best part of the company, is that they do not take more than 12 people at a time. I was on a boat the night before with 50 people, and I hated it. ABC Dive is different because they are attentive and they make sure your experience is amazing. I felt so safe and at ease while doing my first dive, that I was able to do a total of 3 dives that day. My instructor guided me the whole time while reassuring me that everything was going to ok. He knew immediately, while we were descending that I was uncomfortable in the water, so he linked my arm and guided me the entire time and made sure I was comfortable. This means so much to me because he made me feel so safe that I was able to enjoy seeing the great barrier reef. He also showed my group a lot of cool fish, coral, and life while we were surfing the reef. I can’t thank this company and the team enough. Working with them that day was definitely the HIGHLIGHT of my entire vacation. Thank you so much. You made me re-think about whether I should become PADI certified.

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We start your journey by personally fitting your equipment prior to the trip. This will make you feel comfortable and give you a chance to familiarise yourself with the boat environment. On the way to the reef (or even the day before the trip if you prefer) our experienced dive instructor provides you with comprehensive information covering step by step everything you need to know about you first dive, from the equipment, to breathing underwater, communicating underwater, marine environment and more. And when you find yourself ready to take the plunge and immerse yourself in the Coral Sea, your personal instructor will be right there to hold your hand (literally sometimes).

We believe small is best when it comes to your first time dives. With us you enjoy individual tuition and learning is tailored to your pace. There is no fixed time slot for your dive, if you need longer for your dive preparation, you will not be hurried or rushed as there will be no busy boat schedule to follow. Your instructor will go through the dive process at your pace. If you want to leave and come back to it, then that’s fine too. This is all about you and you come first.

Promise to you: you come first, safety focused, one-on-one personal tuition; flexible learning options; safe and unspoilt reef locations away from other boats and tourists; fully qualified and experienced dive instructors.


Beginner Diving – Can Anyone Do It?

If you can swim you can scuba dive*. There is no prior experience necessary and all tuition and equipment is provided. You are accompanied in the water for your entire dive by trained dive professionals.

*Please note that some restrictions do apply. The minimum, legal age to participate (in Australia) is 12 years and some health conditions will prevent you from diving, including asthma, heart conditions and pregnancy. For more information check out the Medical Declaration from PADI Discover (in the resources section) or contact us today. Please consider the time to arrange a dive medical.

Learning to dive is an amazing achievement that will transform your holiday into the experience of a lifetime!


ABC Dive & Snorkel Port Douglas are a small family business

At ABC, the day starts and ends with our trip. We don’t own multiple boats, we are not owned by a multi national and we don’t have a human resources department. We have always been, and remain, a small dedicated operator focused on providing you with exceptional customer service and a fun day. Our hand picked staff are our most valuable resource and they work hard to ensure that your day on the Great Barrier Reef is a special part of your holiday.


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