Frequently Asked Questions

Do "Tech Dive" just teach technical diving?

No. Here at Tech Dive we teach all levels of diving including

- Learn to Dive
- All Recreational Dive Courses
- All Technical Dive Courses

Along with Instructor Courses, Technical Instructor Courses, First Aid, Occupational Dive Courses, Shipboard Safety & Maritime Programmes.

Why private personal training?

All training is with your own personal dive instructor. Our internationally lauded personal dive programmes simply mean more focused training, customized scheduling, and no down time on your holiday waiting for others - result - better divers and more time on each ocean dive to explore the reef with your instructor. Set your own schedule.

Is it hard to learn to scuba dive?

No, in fact, it's probably easier than you imagine especially if you're already comfortable in the water. Entry-level diver course is split into knowledge development, confined water (pool) skill training and four scuba training dives. The course is "performance based," which means that you progress as you learn and demonstrate knowledge and skill.

Do I have to be a great swimmer to be certified as an Open Water Diver?

You need to be is a reasonably proficient swimmer who is comfortable and relaxed in the water. The swimming requirement for certification is an easy 200 yard non-stop swim (with no time or specific stroke requirement) and treading water.

I have medical history. Can I still dive?

Yes, but you will first be required to have a dive medical that conforms to Australian Standards AS4005.1. Failing this medical, or having certain pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease and epilepsy will prevent you from diving. So will pregnancy.
Please see our Page on Dive Medicals.

My ears hurt when I dive to the bottom of a pool. Won't they hurt when I scuba dive?

Your ears hurt because water pressure pushes in on your eardrum. In your scuba course, you'll learn a simple technique to equalize your ears to the surrounding pressure, much like you do when you land in an airplane, and they won't hurt at all.

What Equipment is provided?

Each course includes the use of all the applicable dive equipment included in the price. We use only the latest modern equipment. Our rental stocks are replaced every six months, meaning you are diving on the best possible equipment available. All equipment is inspected weekly and serviced regularly. All equipment is Nitrox ready as well. For further information on the quality equipment we provide, click here.

What type of wet suit do I need? What are the diving conditions?

On average the water temperature here is 27-28°C. We provide all our customers with 3mm full length wetsuits. If you do feel the cold more than others we have full length LAVACORE suits to wear under your wetsuit. For further information on the quality equipment we provide, click here.

How long does it take to get to the dive sites?

In general, we travel between 1-1¼ hours to visit the dive sites of the Agincourt Reef area. The travel time does vary from site to site, and according to weather conditions.

What boat do you use?

We have a several vessel options available - including private vessel charter options. Our day boat with a top speed of 30 knots and computer based ride control, you're offered a faster, more comfortable trip to the Outer Barrier Reef, which means more time for you to enjoy each of the three sites visited daily - an unmatched FIVE hours in fact.

What kind of dive sites do you visit?

With access to dozens of dive sites at 16 different reefs, three sites are chosen each day according to tidal and weather conditions. The crystal clear waters, beautiful corals and incredible fish life are found at Agincourt and Ribbon Reefs, 70 kilometres North East of Port Douglas and on the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Drift and wall dives, isolated pinnacles surrounded by Pelagic fish, and coral gardens with their endless variety of colourful wrasse, cods, parrot fish angel fish, clams and anemones makes a healthy living reef so beautiful. Many sites are Exclusive.

Can my partner and children come on board the dive boat?

Everyone is welcome on board the boat whether they are diving or not as long as they are booked on in advance. All passengers have the option to either snorkel or just simply come along for a fun day out on the Great Barrier Reef. Light breakfast, morning and afternoon teas and a delicious full buffet lunch are included in the cost of the trip.
This information is provided as general advice only. Please contact us for answers specific to your NEEDS and REQUIREMENTS. We are always happy to help and discuss any questions you may have.

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Learn to Dive - Medicals
When learning to dive (Open Water) certain medical conditions may require a Doctors Medical Certificate for your safety. For full easy to understand information, and to download the forms, please visit our medicals information page.

I've not dived in a while
We have a number of options to help you, depending on how long it has been, and how experienced a diver you are. Why spoil a day at the reef by been uncomfortable or out of practice - its like riding a bike!
Options include having a Tech Dive Instructor as a PRIVATE GUIDE for your first day back on the water through to our very popular 1/2 day Scuba Tune-Up course is a great way to refresh your skills. A Tune-Up takes you through a workbook and then in the pool to remind you of the key skills involved in scuba diving.


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Located at Craiglie, Port Douglas
Departing Reef Marina
PO Box 81, Port Douglas
Queensland 4877