Your Questions Answered

From our experience we have found that this information should start to answer the most frequently asked questions regarding The Australian Divemaster Academy.

However, if your questions are not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact us or your booking agent. We look forward to receiving your application!

Yes, the minimum age is 18.

The minimum visa you will be required to hold is the 3 month Tourist Visa. However, if you wish to continue your travels around Australia with the opportunity to supplement your travel funds through incidental employment you will be required to hold a valid Australian Working Visa. For more information ask your booking agent or visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship web site at

No form of dive certification is required to start the course. However, if you are joining the program already holding an Open Water/ Advanced or Rescue certiifcation, the relevant paper work, certification card and log book will be needed. You are required to complete the application form included in this pack. It is also necessary for you to be able to swim at least 400m in under 20 mins.

A dive medical is required to participate in this program. To ensure there is no medical conditions preventing you from diving, it is advised to complete this before your arrival onto the program. The dive medical must be completed under the Australian SPUMS Standards. Please visit the SPUMS website to download a copy of the full medical.
It is your responsibility to make your way to either Brisbane, Coolangatta (Gold Coast) or Ballina Airport where you will be met by a local bus company to transport you to Byron Bay. There are many international flights direct to Brisbane or Sydney and we recommend where possible to connect on a domestic flight to arrive at either Ballina or Coolangatta to shorten travel time to Byron Bay (45 mins from Coolangatta, 25 mins from Ballina).

You will be staying above the Byron Bay Dive Centre in its self- contained, on site lodge. All linen, kitchen ware and laundry facilities are provided. You'll be able to watch the sunset sitting on the deck enjoying your BBQ!

Your main outgoings will be food and entertainment. We understand everyone varies in terms of tastes, requirements, social life and spending habits. Although the ADA expects your primary commitment to be the course, Byron offers plenty of entertainment from having a schooner at the local pub with live music to surfing the breaks at The Pass.
Full diving equipment will be provided for you for hire and is included in the cost of the course. For full details see the information page. All you are required to bring is your swimmers and a towel.
We suggest you talk to your booking agent or travel agent regarding insurance. You will be required to have a policy that covers diving to 30 meters. For a more dive-specific insurance policy, we recommend the following based on your region:
Europe: DAN Europe
Asia Pacific: DAN Asia Pacific
Americas: DAN Divers Alert Network
Deposits are non-refundable. Payment of a 20% deposit enables the ADA and/or its booking agent to hold a reservation for you. Full payment must be received 60 days prior to the start of the course.
If you cancel your placement you may be entitled to a refund. The cancellation conditions which apply are set out in the Terms and Conditions of booking.