SCUBA DIVING INFO
Around the beautiful Whitsunday Islands you find that the further North you go, the better the marine life and coral formations are. Hook Island and Langford Reef are two of the most northern islands in the Whitsundays and are both amongst the premier sites for diving around the Whitsundays. They are both lovely examples of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park with the bays full of extraordinary coral formations and marine life in abundance.
From the time you wade into knee deep water there are many varieties of fish around your ankles and within swimming a couple of metres off the beach there is coral under you and once again fish surrounding you. This makes these destinations perfect places for “beginner” or “nervous divers” because when you have plenty of distraction it tends to help the nerves!
For the Certified Divers there is a guided dive available that is under the supervision of their experienced Dive Instructor/Master. There are over hangs, crevices to explore and huge bommies (coral heads) of stunning coral. The marine life is very impressive with anemones, seas cucumbers, starfish, nudi branches, just to name a few. The dive instructor will simply guide you around and point out different marine life of interest as you go along to ensure that you have an enjoyable dive. It is a very easy dive, because you have someone to do all the navigation for you and it is also a very beautiful dive.
The Introductory Dive provides the chance for people who have never tried Scuba Diving before to experience the wonders of diving on the reef under the guidance of an experienced Dive Instructor.
First of all you are given a brief on the boat explaining a few things that you need to understand as well as letting you know exactly what is going to happen so you are nice and comfortable.
Once you are out at your dive destination you will practice and get comfortable in waist deep water first, and then once everyone is happy with that the tour commences. You will be taken out and guided around the bay amongst the beautiful coral. The instructor will point out different marine life for you while taking care of all the technical side of things. It is a very beautiful experience and also very easy. The Dive Instructor is there to baby sit you as much or as little as you need (if you wish to hold their hand for the entire dive you can). Most people come back and say the diving is easier than the snorkelling
Introductory divers need to sign a medical statement to say that they do not currently suffer from or have a history of: Asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, operations on the lungs, heart or ears, and any medication currently been taken or recent operations/illnesses have to be declared. These forms need to be completed before you arrive a the dive site.
Please let them know at check in if you wish to dive as not pre booking could cause disappointment later.
Cost: $75.00 for both Certified and Introductory dives, this includes everything.
EXAMPLE OF A MEDICAL CHECKLIST
To the Diver:
The purpose of this medical questionnaire is to find out if you should be examined by your doctor before participating in recreational scuba diving. A positive response to a question does not necessarily disqualify you from diving. A positive response means that there is a pre-existing condition that may affect your safety while diving and you must seek the advice of your physician.Please answer the following questions on your past or present medical history with a YES or NO. If you are not sure, answer YES. If any of these items apply to you, we must request that you consult with a physician prior to participating in scuba diving.
This information I have provided about my medical history is accurate to the best of my knowledge.
Diver Signature ________________________
Parent / Guardian Signature ____________________
Date of Signature _______________
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