Get started in the industry with our Dive training

Scuba diving is an amazing career which can take you to some of the most beautiful places on the planet. Reef Safari offers a traineeship that can get you started in the industry whilst giving you a life experience you will never forget.

The following is designed to give you an outline of our traineeship and help you decide whether it is the right career choice for you. If you meet the eligibility criteria at the bottom of this page you may apply for this course.

 Reef Safari as a Training Facility

Reef Safari is the only company in Airlie Beach that offers pontoon diving on the outer Great Barrier Reef.   We are consistently recognised as one of the top SSI training facilities in Australia and many of our graduate trainees continue with us to complete their Instructor Training Course.  The reason we produce such a high calibre of dive professional is that we place a heavy emphasis on learning through experience, our trainers are highly experienced themselves and we have the ideal location to offer this.

Our facility offers a large training pool and classroom specifically for our trainees. We have a classroom session every day before the boat departs where we cover all topics of diving theory from physiology to marine biology, gas laws to equipment.



How does the traineeship work?

The traineeship is designed for you to gain most of your knowledge and expertise through experience. You will work on our vessels for a number of days in return for your certifications. No wages are awarded in this program.
How long is the traineeship?

The length of the traineeship will depend upon your level of certification when you start the course. It can be up to 90 days if you begin with no certifications. Most trainees will leave the course with around 150 dives in their log book. You will be diving between 1-4 times every day on the Great Barrier Reef.

When can I start?

We are always looking for good candidates to complete the traineeship and if you are accepted on the course, it is possible to start at any time. These rolling starts benefit our longer serving trainees as the individual courses will be taught and retaught, thus reinforcing the knowledge base of all staff at Reef Safari.

Your Career Pathway

As a trainee with Reef Safari, all your certifications will be through SSI (Scuba Schools International). SSI is internationally recognised, is ISO certified and is also a member of the World Recreational Scuba Training Council. 

In order to achieve competency at each level, you will be required to fulfil an academic component and practical skills in the water. The majority of your study will be home-based and this will be reinforced with formal classroom lectures.

Reef Safari will pay for all your courses throughout your traineeship. The typical trainee will progress from novice diver to Dive Control Specialist through the following pathway:

  • SSI Open Water Diver
  • SSI Stress and Rescue Diver
  • SSI React Right
  • SSI Advanced Adventurer
  • SSI Dive Guide
  • SSI Specialty - Science of Diving
  • SSI Dive Master
  • SSI Dive Control Specialist

Throughout this training you will learn how to run a busy dive deck, assist with introductory dives, guide certified dives, conduct dive briefings, and teach guests about marine biology and reef life.

If you complete your traineeship to a high standard, the next step is the ITC (Instructor Training Course). We offer the ITC to all successful trainees who wish to invest further in their career. Reef Safari is often looking for good instructors who are enthusiastic, energetic and customer focused. While we cannot guarantee a job after the ITC has been completed, we often employ our graduates for a period of time during our peak season.  Many of our home grown instructors have been employed permanently either in Australia or Fiji.



  • Be able to support yourself financially for the duration of the course. This is usually 3 months of training and up to 4 months with days off included.  (Speak to us about flexible training options if you cannot support yourself for the full duration or want to discuss a part time arrangement to support another job.)
  • Pass a QLD dive medical AS-2299 for dive professionals. This costs around $130 in Airlie Beach.
  • Valid Australian work visa.
  • You are responsible for your personal insurance to cover you in diving.
  • You will need to purchase deck shoes and a waterproof watch.
  • Provide a uniform deposit.
  • Be prepared for long days filled with fun and adventure!


What is included?

  • All your course fees are paid and study materials provided.
  • Extensive experience in the industry with approximately 150 logged dives.
  • All dive equipment is provided.  However you are encouraged to purchase a basic dive equipment package at a wholesale price (mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuit).  This is not compulsory.
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is provided. You must pay for your own breakfast and dinner.
  • Tea, coffee and water on the boat is provided.
  • Accommodation is NOT included. It is easy to find share accommodation once you arrive here from $80 and $150 per week.

To Apply

Complete the Dive Control Specialist Application Form  and scan and email it back to us. When we have reviewed it, we may invite you for an interview or accept the application via email.

Please attach the following with your application form:

  • Resume
  • Existing dive certifications
  • Visa Grant Notice (if international). Applications cannot be accepted without this.
  • Photo ID (if Australian) eg Australian Drivers Licence
  • Copy of travel insurance which covers you for diving or DAN Asia Pacific Diving Insurance