Frequently Asked Questions - Diving in HMAS | Scuba World

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HMAS Brisbane – FAQ

Q. When do I need to arrive at Scuba World for my dive?

When you see a time on your confirmation email or an SMS it is when you need to meet at Scuba World, not the time our boat departs. You do not need to arrive early to get fitted out for hire equipment. There is more than enough time to do this between the time you arrive and when the boat departs.

Q. Do I need a torch when diving the ex-HMAS Brisbane?

A. Your first dive on the ship is an orientation dive, swimming around the outside of the wreck. If you wish to enter the ship this can be done on dive two, however a torch is mandatory if swimming inside the ship. Scuba World have high quality LED torches for rental – $10/double dive.

Q. Do I need to wear gloves when diving the ex-HMAS Brisbane?

A. No. However gloves are highly recommended, as the surface of the ship is covered with barnacles and oysters. Scuba World SELL basic gloves for $25.

Q. What safety items do I need?

A. Queensland’s diving code of practice requires divers to carry their own whistle and safety sausage (SMB) and a snorkel.

Q. Is the dive weather dependant?

A. Yes, the ex-HMAS Brisbane is in open sea conditions. There is no protection from surrounding islands & reefs. Scuba World will send you an SMS confirmation the day prior to your dive. If you have not received an SMS by 4pm the day prior to your dive, please call us to confirm the weather.

Q. What is the maximum depth of the dive?

A. The ship sits in the sand at a depth of 28m. However the main deck of the wreck is approx 18m, so if you are only Open Water certified, you can still complete the dive to a max depth of 18m.

Q. I have not dived for a while, will I be able to dive the wreck?

A. This depends on how long it has been since your last dive.

If you haven’t dived for more than 6 months click here for more information. You may need to complete a Pool ‘Check Out’ Dive or Scuba Skills Update before you can dive with Scuba World.

Q. Do I need to have my wreck specialty to dive the ex-HMAS Brisbane?

A. No, all you need is your Open Water Diver certification.

Q. Do I need to have my wreck specialty to swim inside the wreck?

A. No. An experienced dive guide is always available to escort divers inside the ship*. The only time wreck certification is required is if there is the likelihood of becoming light locked while inside.

*conditions apply

Q. How do I book a dive on ex-HMAS Brisbane?

A. The easiest way to book is online. Enter the promotional code ‘HAPPYDAYS’ to receive a $10 discount per person. Simply click here to book. Alternatively you can call our shop on (07) 5444 8595. We are open 7 days a week for your convenience.

Q. Can I purchase an ex-HMAS Brisbane gift voucher?

A. Yes. The advantage of a gift voucher is that you don’t need to decide on a date. The voucher will be valid for 3 years from date of issue. To purchase a gift voucher click here.

Q. How far in advance do I need to book the ex-HMAS Brisbane dive?

A. Generally 2 – 3 days in advance for dives during the week. 3 – 5 days in advance for weekends, and 1 – 2 weeks in advance during holiday periods.

N.B. It’s possible a large group may have already booked the whole day.

Q. Are there storage rooms for my dive gear?

A. Yes. We have plenty of room for dive boxes, bins and additional equipment. We also have change rooms, shower facilities and toilets.

Q. Is there parking available?

A. Yes, plenty of free parking is available.

Q. Where does the boat depart?

A. Our dive vessel departs from the Bridge Seafoods jetty – next door to our dive centre.

Q. What days and what times do you dive?

A. We guarantee dive trips to the ex-HMAS Brisbane every Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday regardless of numbers. We need a minimum of six divers to run dive trips to the ex-HMAS Brisbane on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

We normally depart in the morning, please check our live availability before making a booking.

Q. What is the best time of year to dive?

A. Diving at the ex-HMAS Brisbane is good all year round. However, marine life and water temperature vary during the year. Some of the marine life is seasonal and you will see different species in winter and summer. Water temperature generally ranges from 19 degrees Celsius in winter to 27 degrees Celsius in summer. The visibility at the ex-HMAS Brisbane changes daily. It depends on the predominant ocean current at the time and cannot be predicted. There is no connection between tides and visibility. For current information check out our Dive Conditions page.

Q. What’s the water temperature?

A. The water temperature at the ex-HMAS Brisbane generally ranges from 19 degrees Celsius in August/September to 27 degrees Celsius in February/March. For detailed water temperatures each month see our Dive Conditions page.

Q. My partner/friend/family member is not certified. Can they still come on the boat?

A. No. Our insurance only covers current certified divers.

Q. What if it is raining or the weather is bad?

A. If the conditions are not suitable for diving and Scuba World decides to cancel, you will be entitled to a full refund. We will not cancel simply because it is raining. We will cancel if the sea conditions are not suitable e.g. too rough, too windy, very low visibility. If you think the weather is looking bad we suggest you call us at the shop 48 hours ahead to check the conditions.

Q. What is your cancellation policy?

A. We guarantee departures on Monday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings to the ex-HMAS Brisbane. So if you are the only person booked, we will still run (weather permitting). We plan dive trips on all other days however we require a minimum of six divers to run on these days.

You understand and agree to receive the $10 per person discount, every diver you book for must complete a waiver by visiting by 4PM the day prior to the dives.

If you cancel or move your booking any time prior to your scheduled dive and we were fully booked, you will be charged the price of a seat on the boat, unless we can find a replacement diver.

If you arrive more than 30 minutes after your scheduled arrive time the following will occur:

If the boat was full no refund will be provided, however we will provide you with a standby voucher (50% off your next trip) for a double dive to the ex-HMAS Brisbane valid for 3 years.

If the boat was NOT full, you will receive a full refund for your dive charter less a $40 administration fee.

Q. Do you provide a pick-up service?

A. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer any transportation services between local hotels and our shop. Guests are required to come to the shop to check-in for their experience. There are taxi and UBER services operating on the Sunshine Coast.

Q. How long have you been operating dive charters?

A. Since 1979

Q. Is this dive site suitable for Open Water divers?

A. Yes.

Q. Do you accept all international certifications?

A. Yes

Q. How long will we be at Scuba World?

A. Roughly 5 hours.

Q. Can I bring 15 litre tanks?

A. Yes. Please let the Scuba World staff know when you make your booking.

Q. Do you use steel or aluminium tanks?

A. Generally aluminium. However you can hire steel at an additional cost.

Q. I have my own boat and I’d like to book the Public Mooring. How do I do this?

A. Click here for all the information