What you can expect
This course is designed to familiarise divers with the history of the former guided missile destroyer HMAS Brisbane and the project of scuttling the vessel. You will also become proficient in the ecology of its artificial reef, now teeming with life in an ecosystem that’s developed so much over the years.
Check in at Sunreef starts at the time outlined on your confirmation email or text. When you arrive, we will see you at our check in desk and ensure that your gear is organized. If you bring your own gear, our crew can carry it down to the dock and set it up for you, or if you prefer you will be free to do it yourself. If we know you are hiring gear, everything will be organized for you prior to check in.
On departure to the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, our trained crew will provide a thorough briefing for all our divers about the Ex-HMAS Brisbane site and will answer any questions you may have about it. Once the boat exits the calm waters of the Mooloolaba River system, it is around a 15 minute ride to the site. The vessel will be moored and our crew will help you set up to get in the water.
Each dive is planned to last for either 50 minutes or will end to have you on the surface with 50 bar (whichever one comes first), while also taking into consideration the skills that need to be completed by all student divers in your group.
Every dive is different depending on the conditions that day and time.
Between dives, we will come up for a surface interval where you are provided snacks and water. Feel free to bring along your own snacks if you have allergies or would like more substantial food.
The divers then return to the shop, where we will have refreshments and hot wedges or chips ready for you while we debrief. While this is happening we will unload the vessel and wash all your gear for you if you so wish.
Read more about the Ex-HMAS Brisbane dive site and her history.
You will have an introduction to how wreck dives also serve as artificial reefs, and how they encourage a greater respect for the marine environment. We emphasize fun, safety and awareness throughout all aspects of this course.
Two dives on the Ex-HMAS Brisbane are included in this course. This site has thriving marine life, pleasant year-round diving conditions and ease of access to the main deck as well as the inner hulls of the vessels. You will learn to navigate this site through exploring the outside and inside of the vessel.