Magnetic Island Scuba Diving - Introductory Dive

Tour Code: 504

Departing: Magnetic Island

Learn to Scuba Dive
  • Our Introductory Scuba Dive course on Magnetic Island is 3 hours long where you will learn a few basic dive skills in the swimming pool and then enjoy hitting the ocean to scuba dive one of our bays around Magentic Island.
  • Take your first Introductory Scuba Dive on Magnetic Island and then if you love it, do your PADI or SSI Dive Courses and become certified to dive the Great Barrier Reef and the world.

Included In Price

  • Guide
  • Scuba Equipment including regulator, BCD, tanks & weights
  • Small Groups
  • All tuition

Book a 3 hour learn to scuba dive course at Magnetic Island. Gain the skills and confidence you need to explore coral gardens and marine life from this stunning tropical island on the Great Barrier Reef.

A whole new and spectacular realm will open for you to explore the Great Barrier Reef in Australia once you complete our course as an introductory dive scuba diver!

On the shores of stunning Magnetic Island, off the coast of Townville, you’ll find the friendliest and most expert diving instructors waiting to show you the promise of an unknown world.

The majority of us have fantasied about swimming under the ocean while breathing, in a dreamy glide among the gardens and extraordinary marine life. Once you embark on your very first introductory scuba dive, it will only take 3 hours to learn the skills, technique and personal comfort level to make this diving dream a reality.

Your introductory scuba diving adventure awaits at Arcadia on Magnetic Island. For those staying on the island, you’ll find regular buses to drop you there. And for individuals travelling across from the mainland at Townsville, you can take the scenic ferry.

Firstly, you’ll gain an understanding of scuba diving principles; such as getting used to your equipment, clearing your mask, breathing underwater and a few safety tips. You can do this in the purpose built swimming pool, or directly in the ocean! 

Once your comfort levels are high and giving into excitement, we are then off to the shores of Alma Bay to discover marine life in a mesmerising and unforgettable voyage in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. 

3 Hour Introductory Scuba Dive Course

  • How to use you BCD
  • Breathing underwater
  • Clearing water from your mask
  • Regulator clearing.

Introductory Diving Skills and Techniques

To begin your learn to dive course, you’ll meet at the dive headquarters at Arcadia on pristine Magnetic Island.

This is where you’ll become acquainted with your expert dive instructo.

Depending on both the weather and your level of comfort, some groups go through new skills in a purpose-made swimming pool, and others opt to head directly to the beach and learn their diving techniques in the ocean!

Some of the scuba diving knowledge you’ll gain is the  use and familiarization of your equipment in the water.

It won’t take long until your apparatus and breathing feels natural to you. 

Skills you can expect to end the day with;

  • How to use your BCD (Buoyancy Control Device)
  • Safety tips
  • Hand signals
  • Clearing water from your regulator and mask

Diving the Great Barrier Reef in Australia

You’ve seen how it looks in a movie; an ethereal diver, gliding the fathoms of the endless blue and drifting across a mesmerising labyrinth of seabed and marine life.

And by choosing an introductory dive on the tropical shores of Magnetic Island, you’re about to star in your own feature!

The best part is, no experience is necessary to dive, as you’ll gain all the expert tuition you need on this 3 hour introductory dive course with incredible dive instructors.

You’ll spend around 40 minutes underwater, and after picking up on new found scuba skills, you’ll breathe easily and drift weightless below the surface. T

he sheer exhilaration of swimming through the crystal-clear waters here is matched by the breathtaking and abundant appearance of weird and wondrous marine life.

If you can kick and breathe, and have an adventurer’s soul, this is the perfect activity for you!

Explore Alma Bay on Magnetic Island

By this stage, you will have learned how to clear your mask and regulator, control buoyancy, and become one with your scuba equipment.

And here’s a little of what you can expect to do with it! If you’ve learned your scuba diving skills in a purpose built swimming pool, you’ll head to the stunning shores of Alma Bay.

If you’re already there, the adventure begins immediately! With your new found aptitude and talent, you’ll glide on an underwater journey through the crystal-clear and balmy waters.

Alma Bay is a perfect dive site for beginners due to gentle shallows and abundant marine life.

Your expert dive instructor will not only be with you every kick of the way.

Townsville and Magnetic Island

By choosing this particular  3 hour introductory dive course, you’ll not only gain scuba skills and discover a whole new extraordinary undersea world, but you’ll be doing it in paradise too!

You could opt to stay in Townsville, an ambient country down disguised as a city, and travel the scenic ferry over to Magnetic Island for your dive.

Or, you could live the island life with accommodation on stunning Magnetic Island. Both offer budget-friendly and opulent choices, with a laid-back tropical atmosphere.

One of the remarkable options of this island is the Koala Village at Bungalow Bay; the only resort in Australia with a wildlife park attached! Magnetic Island, or ‘Maggie’ to the locals is an array of beach coves set in a semi-circle around rainforest.

And whether you’re staying at Nelly, Horseshoe, Picnic or Alma bays, you’ll find it a short trip either on foot, or by regular bus route to your diving destination.

Practice Makes Perfect

The ocean is full of weird, wonderful and absolutely jaw-dropping species. Some divers head to the Great Barrier Reef for the extraordinary rainbow of reef fish, in the form of turquoise Parrots, vivid orange Clowns (Nemo), and buttery-yellow Angels.

Others venture to the Whitsundays especially to witness the migration of whales and dolphins. With rays, turtles, eels, dugong, porpoise and an almost unending display of species within magical coral kingdoms, scuba is a source.

Diving is a movement, an addiction, a way of life for some. And if your introductory dive sparks a new aquatic passion in you, you’re in the right place to become an expert.

There are both Open Water and Advanced diving courses waiting for you on Magnetic Island, and all gain you a license to dive with a buddy unsupervised through these oceanic realms across the seven seas!

See more advanced learn to scuba dive courses on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. 

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Magnetic Island

Departure Instructions

Please check in at our office located at 10 Marine Parade, Arcadia, QLD 4819


Magnetic Island

Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation



3 hours (approx.)

Fitness Level Required


  • Scuba Diving – minimum age 12
  • Reasonable fitness is required to walk on beach with scuba talks on back.

Scuba Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving.
  • Participation is subject to a medical questionnaire completed on board with the tour operator
  • Minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba diving: a wait of 12 hours is recommended after one dive, 18 hour after 2 dives and at least 24 hours after multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Advanced Dive Medical Intro Dive Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Additional Information

All participants must answer a medical questionnaire

  • Swimsuit
  • Beachtowel
  • Sunscreen
  • Change of clothing
  • Cash or credit card for additional purchases

Minimum age 12 years

All cancellations must be in writing.

Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee.

Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.



Cancellations and administration fees may apply as per terms and conditions. No refund if tour is cancelled within 24 hours of departure.

Magnetic Island Scuba Diving - Introductory Dive

Tour Code: 504

Departing: Magnetic Island

Learn to Scuba Dive



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Tour Code: 504



15 yrs & over

12 - 14 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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