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Steve’s Intro to Scuba and more…

Possibly the silence of being submerged. Possibly the fear of the dark patch in a swimming pool. What lead to the infatuation with the underwater world is uncertain. Maybe the gift of a face mask in Greece and learning to swim chasing fish. I’m not sure but one thing is certain I was hooked. Every holiday after became me, the youngest child, in the water gettin [...]

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Candy – Diving into the depths

This is what the sign says as we come over the hill into our mainland paradise. The gateway to diving the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef. For me, this is where it all began. That was me, back in 2012. Scuba Diving was something i had thought of doing for a number of years and at the time, i was offered 2 career choices. Make big $ in the coal mines or wo [...]

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Whitsunday Diving Academy Team


Wayne has held the top PADI instructor qualification of PADI Course Director for over 20 years and is passionate about delivering the highest possible diver education.

Wayne has worked in the dive industry for the last 24 years full time, in that time he has worked in Dive Centre’s, Resorts, Charter Boats and Skipper/Lead Camera for Big Fish Productions making DVDs of marine life around New Zealand. Working in these different areas of diving has given him a broad range of experience that he brings to Whitsunday Diving Academy. This enables him to prepare PADI Professionals to work in these areas as well as holiday makers to travel abroad.

Wayne is very active in teaching scuba diving from Open Water Divers through to Instructors and 21 Specialties including Wreck, Deep, UW Photo, UW Video and DPV (UW Scooter!). Which is his favourite course to teach? “The one that allows me to blow bubbles!”.

Wayne has won many awards for his Diver Training in New Zealand at Diver level and Instructor level. He has taught snorkeling/scuba diving for many schools and has boxes of “Thank You” cards from the students.

Wayne has been involved with Tertiary Diver Training all over New Zealand, which has Diver Training on the national education framework. This has provided job opportunities for school leavers as well as for some of the long term unemployed. This aspect excites him, because the Whitsundays & Great Barrier Reef are world renowned, so the opportunities to enter into tourism through diving are almost endless.

His life before diving was a carpenter and builder. Wayne has swapped his work boots for fins, his skill saw for a regulator and building site for a beach. He brings a very practical approach and attitude to scuba diving.

Diving has gone from a hobby to a full time passion. Wayne introduces new divers to a challenging and fun experience. Divers going on to a professional level will get to see the industry through experienced and positive eyes.

Life ambition? “When I grow up I want to be a Dolphin!”

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Whitsundays Scuba Diving, Whale Watching, Sailing Tours, Shark Diving, Snorkeling, plus pure White Sandy Beaches & so much more. All of these activites can be enjoyed in the Airlie Beach, Whitsundays & Great Barrier Reef area's with Whitsunday Diving Academy.

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Did You Just Want To Try Scuba Diving?

We understand that if your just starting out, or have never scuba dived before, it might be a bit daunting spending an entire day on a dive boat to go scuba diving in the Whitsundays or Great Barrier Reef, so we have some special options for beginners, non divers and people interested in trying scuba for the first time. If you are staying in the area just drop in, or email us to talk about booking a Discover Scuba Dive or Scuba Diving Whitsundays Day Trip.

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Queensland's Best Scuba Diving Locations

You may not know it, but the Jubillee Pocket & Airlie Beach area's, give you access to amazing scuba diving in Australia's beautiful Whitsunday Island's & on Queensland's world renowned Great Barrier Reef!

Aerial View Of Airlie Beach

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Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is the vibrant hub of The Whitsundays and an ideal mainland base for fun, adventure and diving!! The perfect stepping off point for activities on the water and in the lush rainforests and waterfalls nearby. Relax into holiday mode as soon as you reach the main street. Immerse yourself in one of the many spas and boutiques. Find yourself a great [...]

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The Whitsundays

Located in the heart of The Great Barrier Reef on the Queensland coast, lies the 74 Islands. The majority of these islands are uninhabited national park islands, with only a select few having resorts on them. All of them are surrounded by the fringing coral gardens of The Great Barrier reef. Ready to be explored by divers and snorkelers alike. Swim amongst ancient und [...]

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Turquoise waters of The Great Barrier Reef

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Great Barrier Reef

One of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. The reef contains an abundance of marine life and comprises of over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays and literally hundreds of picturesque tropical islands with some of the worlds most beautiful sun-soake [...]

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What Our Customers Say About Us

Whitsundays Diving Academy is the only choice for sailing & scuba diving day trips in the Jubilee Pocket & Airlie Beach area's. Let us show you the amazing hidden world that is, scuba diving in the Whitsundays & Australia's Great Barrier Reef !!

" Ian, Wayne and their team are the friendliest and most organised crew I've dived with in 25 years. They are very professional and safety is paramount to their operation. All of your needs will be met regardless of your diving experience ... "

- AlanVicci

" Had been a while since my last dive and I am a novice diver. Wayne, Ian and the team were great they made me feel totally safe so I could relax into the dive and really enjoy it. Thoroughly enjoyed my day with them and will return ... "

- V A

" This is an absolutely first rate team who provide PADI lessons and a wonderful experience. Waded through the reviews of Dive Academy in Airlie and Greg Nadine and Wayne provided the best responses and they lived up to expectations ... "

- jjukes4
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