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

We have a passion at Compass Cruises to show you Australia’s Great Barrier Reef so. Please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws.  The Queensland Government Code of Practice regulates us, and we comply with all rules, including medical as is the law.

We recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire before booking. Some medical conditions, age and/or medications may prevent you from scuba diving.

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 delighted to help you with any questions you may have.  Please contact us

Or you may like to consult your Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms AS4005.1 Compass Cruises Questionnaire

Please complete the ‘CAN I GO DIVING’ questionnaire below to see if you are eligible to Scuba Dive according to Queensland, Australia regulations.



Are you a certified Diver?

Certified Divers will be asked to provide proof of their qualification in the form of a scuba divers license or divers logbook to the Dive Instructor on the day.

For any questions or assistance with lost cards, please contact our office and we will endeavour to verify your diver rating before your tour.

We reserve the right to refuse a Certified Dive to anyone who can not prove their certification. In this instance, you may dive as a Resort Diver if medically fit to do so.

What if a medical check-up with a doctor is deemed necessary?

If you require a medical assessment, the completion of the AS4005.1 Questionnaire medical form is required, and we recommend the following:

Option A)   Medical Check-Up with your Doctor

If required, the medical assessment may be conducted by any licenced Physician (i.e. your licenced doctor) and must be conducted using the AS4005.1 Compass Cruises Questionnaire – which we’ve attached for you to print out.

The doctor MUST use this form in English, and the completed form must be presented on your day of travel with us within 90 days before your intended scuba dive.

We strongly recommend that you use a medical centre that caters explicitly to scuba diving examinations.

Option B)   Medical Check-Up in Cairns

If you would prefer, then you may book to have your scuba diving examination in Cairns, before your reef tour.

You won’t need to print the Australian paperwork – book an appointment and attend the consultation.

Pre-booking your appointment is required.

Please note that doctors conduct medical examinations at your own expense.

If the doctor deems that you are not fit to scuba dive the decision is final, and you will not be permitted to participate in scuba diving during your Great Barrier Reef tour – snorkelling is a great alternative.

Medical Centres in Cairns, specialising in Scuba Dive examinations

Cairns 24 Hour Medical Centre

Corner of Florence and Grafton Streets, Cairns Phone: +61 (7) 4052 1119 Email: [email protected]

Central Plaza Doctors

Corner McLeod and Aplin Streets, Cairns Ph: +61 (7) 4046 8600 Email: [email protected]

Travel Insurance recommendation

We strongly recommend passengers have their travel insurance that covers for trip cancellations, all in-water activities and medical evacuations. Those wishing to scuba dive are also advised to ensure their insurance covers scuba diving activities.

Flying and Scuba Diving

Please remember you need to allow 24 hours after scuba diving before flying or travelling to altitude. You can fly then dive,  but not dive then fly.

View our Cancellation Policy and Terms & Conditions


Refund & Cancellation fees are as follows:

20% cancellation fee 30 days or more before departure

50% cancellation fee if within 30 days before departure

100% cancellation fee within 14 days before departure

There will be no refund of any part of your tour costs should you fail to arrive at a scheduled tour departure time.

Tour departures will not be delayed due to passenger circumstances – including events beyond your control, medical problems, airline delays, weather etc.

All passengers are strongly advised to purchase comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation insurance, evacuation and medical cover.

Please read the wording of your insurance policy carefully and ensure it covers you for all potential activities

Please refer to the Trade Practices Act 1974.

  • Locations, prices and itinerary are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances without notice
  • We require a minimum of 48 hours notice to re-schedule a reservation.
  • Travel and dive insurance is recommended.

This website acts only as an agent and holds no responsibility for operators or the tours advertised within.

Please read the conditions of individual tours, located in the ‘Read Policies’ section at the bottom of each tour information page.

Cancellation policies, terms and conditions will differ between tours. Itineraries, locations and prices are subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances (including weather).