Diving the Great Barrrier Reef

diving with sea turtleWith warm, clear waters full of marine life, spectacular shipwrecks and the world's largest coral reef, Queensland is a diver's paradise. As a diver in the Great Barrier Reef, there's a diverse range of dive locations for you to explore. Stretching 2,300km along the Queensland coast, it is a colourful kaleidoscope of reefs, shoals, coral cays and mysterious shipwrecks teeming with exotic tropical marine life.

Q and A

Interview with Mike Kutyna, NAUI certified scuba instructor and teaches the open water diving course, PEN1136, at the University of Florida. Kutyna has been diving for 5 years and teaching for 4 years.

What tips would you suggest when diving for taking care of the reef?

Maintaining control of bouyancy is the main thing. Don't constantly crash up and down so that you're not tempted to grab onto the reef for balance, he said. It's easy to kill anything you touch and it takes many years if ever for the area to regenerate life again. Secondary to this Kutyna said is awareness of what's around you. The mask narrows your vision and it's easy to focus only on what's in front and forget what you're doing with your legs and arms.

How would you define ethical and responsible diving?

It depends on the type of person you are. If you're just going to look at the marine life then you must control your desire to pick up things are worse take them as souvenirs. If you're going spear fishing then educate yourself on what you're allowed to take and only take what fits the exact specifications.

Do have any other suggestions do you have to protect coral reefs?

When I'm diving I always find bits of trash. It's important to take the brief second to make sure you find the right place to put your trash so that it doesn't end up in the ocean.

Also, there are groups culturing peices of coral on land and placing them in targeted areas to rejuvenate those reefs. Many types of corals were almost extint and are now making a comeback thanks to these efforts.

Finally, if you're into hunting, lionfish are poisonous and evasive species. They take over the reef by eating the smaller fish reducing the natural fish species.

While on the Reef

  • Don't touch anything
  • Maintain buoyancy
  • Strap down your guages and spare regulators
  • Watching fins
  • Careful on swim throughs
  • No Littering
  • Don't feed the fish
  • Don't ride sea turtles or manta rays
  • Choose reef trips that our operated by ecologically sensitive companies