Medical Requirements for Scuba Diving

Queensland, Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world but also the safest scuba diving record.   

We have a passion to show you Australia’s Great Barrier Reef so please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws.  We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all rules including medical as is the law.

To avoid disappointment on your day of travel we strongly recommend that all of our passengers complete our ‘Can I Go Diving?’ medical questionnaire below, prior to booking as some medical conditions, age and/or medications may prevent you from scuba diving.

On your day of travel, ALL passengers are asked to complete a standard Queensland Medical Declaration form.

If you are planning to participate in ANY diver training courses (open water or advanced levels etc), you may be required to get a dive medical certificate prior to your course.   Age restrictions will also apply to any diver training courses.

It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.  We are very happy to help you with any questions you may have.  You can catch up

Or alternatively, you may like to consult your own Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms AS.4005.1 [View Form]

Please complete the questionnaire below to see if you are eligible to scuba dive according to Queensland, Australia Regulations

Can I go diving?

Check our simple Scuba Dive Questionnaire


Flying and Scuba Diving

You should not travel to a high altitude (fly or drive above 8000 feet) within 18 hours of completing a single scuba dive or 24 hours after multiple dives OR after any ‘deep’ dive. (A deep dive is any dive over 18 metres /60 feet).

We recommended leaving a minimum of 24 hours after your last scuba dive before flying. You can fly and then dive the same day – but not dive and then fly.
On the last day of your liveaboard scuba tour, your final dive will be finished by around 12 noon.

Please consider this when arranging ongoing travel plans which include flying or driving to altitude. Flying any time after 12 noon the following day is recommended.

If you have booked a helicopter transfer back to Cairns as part of your Great Barrier Reef liveaboard tour – lucky you! It’s a fabulous way to end a Great Barrier Reef adventure.

Our helicopter tours are low flying scenic excursions over the coral reef that are designed to be a safe activity after scuba diving. You may book a helicopter transfer back to Cairns on the final day of your stay with us, even if you have scuba dived that day.