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Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo

Ningaloo Open Water Dive Course

  • Available from: March 01 2019 - November 30 2019
  • Available from: March 01 2020 - November 30 2020

From: $447 USD

Duration: 3 days

Type: Private Charter, Shared.

Interests: Fish & Marine Invertebrates, Marine Mammals.

Learn to dive at one of the world's great marine environments at Ningaloo and the Muiron Islands!

  • During this 3 day course students participate in theory sessions, pool dives and four open water ocean dives - all of the ocean dives will be from one of our dive vessels. Across the Ningaloo and Muiron Islands area, divers are likely encounter friendly Potato Cod, turtles, sharks, thousands of fish, Anemones and Clownfish, Batfish, Stingrays and much more. Manta Rays, Dugongs, Humpback Whales and dolphins are seen at different times of the year as well.

  • This means that not only will you gain the skills that you need to dive safely and enjoyably, but you will get to visit some spectacular dive sites and see amazing sea creatures from your very first ocean training dive! 

  • We provide lots of individual attention so that by the time you are ready for the ocean dives you will be able to concentrate on enjoying yourself while you revise the skills you learned in the classroom and in the pool...our instructors are extremely friendly, knowledgeable and fun.

About Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo: 

As the region’s original eco-tourism operation, Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo is synonymous with experiencing the aquatic treasures of the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. Debbie & Mark Ferguson have been involved taking ecotours around Western Australia for over 20 years, managing the operations of a number of boats in various locations. The team is proud to specialise in small group tours for Whale Shark swims, Humpback Whale swims & watching, scuba diving and snorkelling and is active in numerous conservation projects including Whale Sharks, turtles and Manta Rays.

Price per person. Pricing is subject to availability and all prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Currency fluctuations may affect prices as quotes based on AUD. Prices are current at time of posting (9/9/2019) and may differ when you book your travel.*

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  • Open Water Dive Course

    Learn to dive with us here at Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo with our 3 day PADI Open Water Course and obtain a qualification that allows you to dive anywhere in the world! 

    During this 3 day course students participate in theory sessions, pool dives and four open water ocean dives - all of the ocean dives will be from one of our dive vessels. This means that not only will you gain the skills that you need to dive safely and enjoyably, but you will get to visit some spectacular dive sites and see amazing sea creatures from your very first ocean training dive!  We provide lots of individual attention so that by the time you are ready for the ocean dives you will be able to concentrate on enjoying yourself while you revise the skills you learned in the classroom and in the pool...our instructors are extremely friendly, knowledgeable and fun!

    The marine life found at Ningaloo is incredibly diverse, with 300 coral species, 600 different molluscs, and around 500 species of fish in the region. Popular fish sightings range from Parrotfish, Butterflyfish, Angelfish, Damselfish, Scissor Tails, Flutemouths, Wrasse, to larger fish such as Groper, Barracuda, Coral Trout, Cod and Trevally. A huge variety of nudibranches are a delight for enthusiasts due to their spectacular colours.

    More than 50 per cent of Indian Ocean coral species are found across the Ningaloo Marine Park area, with over 300 species, including Finger, Staghorn, Porites Cabbage, Brain, Lavender, Plate, Mushroom, Bubble and Branching Corals. Whilst not a coral, Anemone’s are common, providing habitat for some of the reef’s most endearing residents; the Clarkes, Pink and Tomato Anemonefish.

    Whitetip and Blacktip Reef Sharks, Great and Scalloped Hammerheads, Bronze Whalers, Cat Sharks, Manta Rays, Eagle Rays, Bull Rays and the well-camouflaged Wobbegong are highlights for divers whilst Manta Rays can be seen in performing their incredible courtship dances around April, with the species growing up to 7 metres wide (disc width) and around 1,350 kg.

    Key Details

    Group Size: Minimum of 3 divers, maximum of 6 divers
    Pick-up and Drop Off Point: Exmouth accommodations
    Pick-up and Drop-off Time: 7:30am returning at approximately 4:00pm.
    Private Dive Course: Available on Request at additional cost. Please enquire with your group size & interests. 
    Languages: German, French, Spanish and Italian private touring is available on request.

    Inclusions: 

    • All tours include a fresh buffet lunch, drinks & refreshments – on boat days only. Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo is able to cater for special dietary requirements if provided this information at the time of booking.
    • High quality snorkel & diving equipment
    • Tuition - PADI Open Water learning materials –manual, log book and your own PADI Recreational Dive Planner / on line link
    • Open Water Certification Card
    • One day pool – 2 days boat dives
    • Complementary transfers from accommodation in Exmouth

    Special additional considerations for all dive courses

    All certified SCUBA divers must have logged a dive in the past 12 months or will be required to do a refresher.

    Please plan extra time to complete your dive course in case of delays to our diving schedule. We cannot under any circumstances provide a refund/partial refund due to delays in completing a course due to adverse/unsafe conditions or other factors beyond our control.

    We will fully refund your dive course only if you provide a copy of your completed diving medical form signed by your doctor stating “permantly unit” prior to the beginning of the first day of the course. We will partially refund only if you provide a copy as above after the start of your course.

    * Confirmation of this tour is based on safe weather conditions and minimum numbers, with prices subject to change without notice.

    Dive medical information for Open Water Courses:

    We recommend that you obtain your diving medical to the Australian Standard 4005.1 before you arrive in Exmouth for your Open Water Course. Only your doctor can determine if he/she can complete the medical to this standard. Medicals are NOT available in Exmouth. Our diving Centre has no control over availability or costing of dive medicals and no course refunds will be given in the event medicals are not available or are deemed too expensive by the client. Children must be over 14 years old and must have a dive medical

    We reserve the right to alter or cancel specific dives/tours/courses without notice due to weather, sea conditions, minimum numbers or other factors. We always recommend that you travel with flexibility in your itinerary and with travel insurance – please contact your local travel agent for details on the best travel insurance for your travel needs.

    Responsible Tourism

    As part of our commitment to sustainability we have also sought independent verification of our practices through the ATAP Ecostar Accreditation program. This program is for operators that demonstrate a level of environmental management over and above the base requirements of ATAP including managing impact and disturbance on the environment, contributing to conservation and sustainability, establishing environmental risk management strategies, supporting and benefiting the local community and recognition of the cultural & heritage issues of the area.  

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    Enquiries & Bookings

    If you have any queries or would like to book a private boat charter, please contact our friendly team via the enquiry form. We offer a complete snorkel and diving service, with professional and helpful staff. Talk to us about our other snorkel and diving charters, courses and services - we are only too willing to assist.

    Recent Testimonials

    "Six of us dived Central Station and Floods with these guys off Ningaloo Reef on July 5th. The service was professional and friendly from start to finish both in the shop and upon the boat. We had a great experience with a couple of mantas at a cleaning station and Tibo did a brilliant job as guide and dive master. Thanks for a terrific day." - Steve, Australia

    "My husband and I got our open water dive cert through the Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo Centre, and I couldn't be more happy with our decision to do so! Our instructor, Tibo, was the most incredible guy to have teach us what we needed to know in order to open us up to the world of diving. He was extremely funny and laid back on the surface, and nothing but professional underwater. Tibo was extremely patient with me while waiting for me to steel my nerves to do this skill both in the pool and in the reef. I never once felt pressured, or hurried. Tibo made me feel confortable and at ease in order to complete all of the skills needed to get certifited. That's the definition of a good teacher! We would HIGHLY recommend Exmouth Diving to all friends and family who make it up this way." - Stephanie, Australia

    "From the moment I got picked up to getting off the boat I was impressed with the professionalism and smoothness of the day. Monica, Kiara (dive guides) and the captain (Mark) showed us the wonders of Ningaloo and we all had an exceptionally fun and exciting day. I highly recommend Exmouth Dive Centre!" - Veronica, Australia

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