North Stradbroke Island Dive

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North Stradbroke Island Dive is a SCUBA diver’s dream come true! Boasting incredible biodiversity and one of the best experiences in Australia. Strong currents improve visibility and bring fresh nutrient-rich water to the area. Dive Flat Rock during winter for Grey Nurse Sharks, and dive Manta Bommie, during the summer see Manta Rays in their droves.
Where you’ll explore will depend, but there’s always potential for fun, deep, adventurous drift dives. You’ll be left in awe of this incredible scuba destination. So if you’re looking for an unforgettable scuba experience on Australia’s East Coast, go dive North Stradbroke Island!

Location

GOLD COAST, QLD

Seasonality

YEAR ROUND

Duration

9 HOURS

Minimum Age

10 YEARS +*

Min Certificate

OPEN WATER

Depth

10-18 METERS*

All Divers/spectators charged the same. PRICE INCLUDED TANKS AND WEIGHTS.

ON YOUR DIVE: 
October to April: During these warmer months, “Manta Bommie” is an active cleaning station. Leopard Sharks can also be found here during this time of the year.
June to October: Grey Nurse Sharks visit the cooler waters to breed and give birth. 
Humpback Whales migrate through these waters for the same reason, sighted from the boat on almost every trip. On rare occasions, their divers have had the privilege of interacting with these gentle giants whilst diving on SCUBA.

3 x 50 minutes dives, or return to surface with minimum 50bar (whichever comes first). Surface intervals spent at the dive site.

Minimum Age* vs. Minimum Certification* vs. Maximum Depth*:
Junior Open Water Divers (10-12 years) limited to 12 meters.
Junior Open Water Divers (12-15 years) limited to 18 meters.
Open Water Divers (15 years+) limited to 18 meters.

Junior Advanced Open Water Dive (12-15 years) limited to 21 meters.
Advanced Open Water Diver (15 years +) limited to 30 meters.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland advise a certified diver should not dive in excess of the depth to which they have been trained or have logged experienced to. We will require a certification card or a dive log signed by a Dive Guide proving that you have had experience to a certain depth.

Price includes:
– Three Dives INC TANKS AND WEIGHTS.
– Guide.

Upgrades (on following page) include:
– EANx (Nitrox) upgrade.
– EANx (Enriched Air Nitrox) Speciality Course.
– Hotel Pick-up (mornings only). Available from Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Main Beach, Southport, Labrador, Runaway Bay and Paradise Point. One pickup from one address.
– Full set of Hire Equipment (BCD, Regs, Wetsuit, Mask*, Snorkel, Fins and all necessary safety equipment). 

* Corrective Lens Masks may be available to hire (limited availability). Please register your interest in the special requirements on the following page if required. Alternatively, we recommend that you wear contact lenses or consider purchasing your own prescription mask. These can be ordered through our affiliated dive store, CLICK HERE 

Full use of equipment-wash area, toilets, hot shower and storage at the dive shop.

Exposure Suits: Average Sea Temperatures 19°c – 28°c

QLD regulations: Divers must have a Snorkel, Whistle, Surface Marker Bouy and Computer. 

Please ensure that your equipment is operational and serviced as per the manufacturer’s specifications.

Please be aware that the crew reserves the right to prohibit anyone from entering the water if they deem it unsafe. If any of the below is not found out until on the day, you may not be permitted to join the tour and you may not receive a refund.

Please be aware that the crew reserves the right to prohibit anyone from entering the water if they deem it unsafe.

Please be aware that if you do not pass the following requirements and this isn’t found until on the day of your tour, you will not be permitted to join the tour and no refund will be issued.

  • You must be able to speak and understand English to a good standard
  • This dive requires a minimum of Open Water Diver Certification, Please bring proof of your dive certification.
  • If you have upgraded to included Nitrox (EANx) please bring proof of certification, or upgrade to include the speciality course and become certified.
  • If you have less than 25 logged dives, you must have dived within the last 12 months. If not, refresher dives are available for an extra fee on the day of your trip.
  • If you have more than 25 logged dives, you must have dived within the last 24 months. If not, refresher dives are available for an extra fee on the day of your trip.
  • If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, are taking prescription medication, you have suffered  from any injury or illness, or you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant,  then it is important that the tour provider is made aware. If they deem it too dangerous or unsafe, they reserve the right to prohibit you entering the water or joining the tour and a full refund will be issued.
  • You may be required to also complete a valid 4005.1 AS Dive Medical or doctors clearance prior to your dive if you answer “YES” to any of the following questions:
    – You are taking medication
    – You are suffering from an injury/illness that affects your ability to dive
  • Guides are provided, with a maximum group size of 6.
  • If you are pregnant, unfortunately, you are unable to join this tour.
  • If you are unable to walk on-board or are wheelchair bound, unfortunately, you are unable to join this tour.

This tour operates out of RUNAWAY BAY, Gold Coast, QLD.

Meet your crew for the day at Runaway Bay Marina, 247 Bayview St, Runaway Bay, Gold Coast, Queensland, 4216. Turn into the marina, follow around to the right, and all the way to the end. 

All times displayed in the calendar are meeting times, no need to be early, but please do not be late.

You will receive a confirmation email upon purchasing this tour which will provide you with all of the relevant information, e.g. CONTACT NUMBERS,  ADDRESS ETC.

Please wear your swimmers ahead of arrival. Certification Card/Proof of Certification, Towel, Water Bottle, Sunscreen (Reef safe, please), warm clothing/ windproof jacket, and polarised sunglasses are recommended for best viewing through the surface of the water.

Seasickness Medication – You may experience seasickness out on the open ocean. We suggest that you should speak with your pharmacist in advance of your trip, to seek their advice on seasickness medication. We will not reschedule bookings or issue refunds for those suffering from seasickness.

Blue Manta 2″ is a 9m aluminium hull vessel carrying up to 9 divers and offering space to gear up and to relax in between dives. “Ocean Wanderer” is a 9m ex-police custom diving RIB and can carry up to 12 divers, (usually capped at 10). Both boats are set up for diving with tank racks, ladders and a shade canopy.

Distance to Dive Site: 40 miles

Cancellations/changes to your booking must be made in writing directly to Salty Swims – Please contact Salty Swims  via email (info@saltyswims.com.au), or Facebook (via the chat icon linked to this page).

Please be aware that refund policies do not cover travel, accommodation or any other associated costs. We recommend you take out travel insurance to cover unforeseeable cancellations.

What if the tour provider cancels?
In the event of poor sea conditions, minimum numbers not being reached or for any other reason, the tour operator reserves the right to cancel the tour. If your trip cannot be rescheduled to your satisfaction, you will receive a full refund.

What if you cancel?

If you wish to cancel/transfer your booking more than 48 hours before your departure, you’ll receive a full refund.

If you wish to cancel/transfer your booking within 48 hours of your departure, you will not receive a refund.

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