With the right training, experience, equipment and conditions, scuba diving in Melbourne can be phenomenal. From deep-sea wrecks to wildlife, our marine environment rivals some of the best in the world — and we're here to help you enjoy your next diving adventure safely.
Scuba diving is one of the most exciting activities you can do in and around the water. There's no better way to see the incredible diversity of wildlife and stunning seascapes that populate the seas around Australia, especially in Melbourne, than by diving below the surface. Scuba diving gets its name from the type of device you use when taking part in the activity. SCUBA is an acronym and stands for 'Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus'.
If you don't know what you're doing, or don't have the right diving equipment, then scuba diving can also be dangerous. But you shouldn't let that put you off. By taking part in the right accredited scuba diving training courses, having the right diving equipment, and making sure you have the fitness required to dive safely, then you can take part in scuba diving safely and enjoyably.
Cardiac health can affect divers of any age, but research shows that those most at risk are experienced male divers aged 45 and over. A large number of diving fatalities are caused by a medical incident not related to diving, such as a heart attack.
That's why The Scuba Doctor encourages experienced divers to make their cardiac health a priority — and do the necessary checks to ensure they are fit to dive.
A medical emergency when you're mid-dive could be fatal — so follow this simple checklist to make sure you're fit and well:
Carry out a realistic and honest self-assessment of your health before diving.
Consider a visit to your healthcare professional for a health check.
Any concerns? Go and see your nearest Diving Doctor and get a Diving Medical.
See also, Must Have Tools for a Safe Dive.
The Scuba Doctor provides useful information about how to select a dive site near Melbourne given the conditions on the dive day. We also provide a list of Facebook Resources for Melbourne Dive Sites. More about: Dive Site Selection - Considerations for dive site selection near Melbourne
explains the Effect of Wind Direction and Strength on Dive Sites. See Wind Factors For Diving.
Links to web sites where you can look up local diving conditions for Melbourne. More about: Weather, Tides, Conditions etc. - Links to Melbourne and Victoria diving conditions
View an interactive map of AIS Marine Traffic in Melbourne. See AIS Marine Traffic Melbourne.
Tips for using a Boat, Inflatable, Sea-Doo or Kayak for scuba diving in Melbourne from The Scuba Doctor. See Dive From Your Own Boat in Melbourne.
Tips for safe private boat diving in Melbourne from The Scuba Doctor. See Boat Diving Safety.
As a boat owner you need to give dive boat safety briefings. As a diver you need to listen to boat safety briefings. More about: Boat Diver Safety Briefings - Give and Listen To Dive Boat Safety Briefings.
The Scuba Doctor explains Using a Dive Float and Flag to enhance your snorkelling and diving safety.
The Scuba Doctor explains safe boat handling and seamanship for Melbourne divers. See Seamanship.
The Scuba Doctor explains what you need to know when Diving in Melbourne Currents.
The Scuba Doctor explains what you need to know when Diving the Back Beaches of the Mornington Peninsula.
The Scuba Doctor explains what you need to know when Diving Near The Rip.
Learn about the communication techniques used in scuba diving. More about: Diver Communications - Ways for divers to communicate, both under and over the water
When you're faced with a Diver Emergency then these are the numbers to call. More about: Diver Emergency - Don't Panic! Use these Diver Emergency Numbers