Contents

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Author 7

Introduction 9

Facts about Australia 12

Facts about the Great Barrier Reef & Coral Sea 15

History 17

Climate 22

Diving the Great Barrier Reef & Coral Sea 27

Snorkeling 28

Live-aboards 28

Rating System for Dives & Divers 29

Certification 30

Activities & Attractions 33

Diving Conservation & Awareness 42

Marine Reserves & Regulations 42

Government Organisations 43

Regional Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service Offices 43

Responsible Diving 44

Marine Environmental Organisations 45

Diving Health & Safety 49

General Overview 49

Pre-trip Preparation 49

Before You Snorkel 50

Tips for Evaluating a Queensland Dive Operator 51

Medical Facilities 52

Diving Emergencies 52

DAN 52

Great Barrier Reef Dive Sites

55

Capricorn & Bunker Groups

Swain Reefs Dive Sites

. .67

Dive Sites

.55

East Cay

. . 68

Lady Elliot Island - Blow Hole____

. 56

Lady Musgrave -

Pompey Complex Dive Sites . .

. .71

Entrance Bommie

. 59

Cockatoo Reef -

Heron Island Bommie

. 61

The Southern Wall

. . 72

Heron Island -

Cockatoo Reef - Blue Hole

. . 72

The Gorgonia Hole

. 62

Keppel Islands - Outer Rock

. 64

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