Top Scuba Dive Shops in New South Wales
#1 - Islander Cruises
Lord Howe Island — widely regarded as the most beautiful island in the Pacific — is the closest island getaway to Sydney, and a part of New South Wales. It’s less than two hours flying from either Sydney or Brisbane off Australia's east coast. It is one of just four island groups to be inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list for the global significance of its natural beauty and heritage. It’s a timeless natural paradise, where the pace is relaxed but where there are plenty of activities and adventures to choose from. Unspoiled, uncrowded beaches — with perfect golden sands — entice surfers, swimmers and sybarites. The crystal lagoon is bordered by the world’s most southerly coral reef. Just wander in off the beach to snorkel among colourful tropical and sub-tropical fish, turtles and other marine life. Or head further off-shore to SCUBA dive on world-class sites. The water is so clean and clear, it’s like swimming in an aquarium. Families love the safety and variety of kids’ activities; lovers find romance in the island’s secluded corners, natural beauty, luxury lodges and fine dining establishments. For adventurers, there are bushwalks and more strenuous hikes, including Mt Gower, rated as one of the world’s best day walks. And to ease tired muscles, there is a choice of spa treatments. To set foot on Lord Howe Island is to escape to a pristine environment, where you'll be met with friendly hospitality and the kind of holiday experience that you'll never want to leave.
#2 - Grey Nurse Charters
Grey Nurse Charters is a different Scuba diving business that offers the following activities and products:
Boat dives to site near Port Stephens, Newcastle and Swansea NSW
PADI dive courses from Open Water to Divemaster and a wide range of specialities.
An online dive shop with a wide range of products from HOG/Edge, Neptune, Sharkskin, Probe, Akuana and Deepblu
#3 - Tweed Sea Sports
Located in Tweed Heads New South Wales, on the Queensland border, we offer Beginner to Pro dive Courses for all ages and skill levels. Tweed Seasports has an excellent dive boat diving the vast range of reefs off the southern Gold Coast and the famous Cook Island once known as Turtle Island.
The reefs off the Gold Coast and Tweed Coast make for some exciting drift diving with large schools of pelagics and heaps of fish.
Cook Island offers exceptional diving with a great mixture of the warm tropical waters of the north meeting the cooler temperate waters of the south, providing a great marine sanctuary for huge numbers of turtles and other marine life.
#4 - Forster Dive Centre
Here at Forster Dive Centre we pride ourself on Marine Conservation. Join Our PADI Scuba Instructors and Discover some of the most beautiful dive sites on the East Coast of Australia. Grey Nurse sharks, Turtles, Dolphins, Octopus, are just some of the amazing creatures waiting for you! As passionate Conservationnist, our instructors are 100% PADI AWARE. What that means? If you get certified with us, we will donate to PADI AWARE to help them restore and protect our Seas. To know more about PADI AWARE, follow this link:
After 3 Years of travelling aroud the Pacific, Australia, Fiji, Samoa and New Zealand, Adam and Amelie decided to call Forster home! In 2020, middle of the Covid-19 crisis, we had the crazy idea to reopen Forster Dive Centre to share our passion, Scuba diving! Fresh new look, logo, shop and more! In order to give the best experience to divers and share a real personal moment together, we decide to specialise in small group diving. We want to make sure everybody has an amazing time and share our knowledge as much as possible.
Adam our Boat Captain and Instructor is a Forster local. Grown up here and has a very good knowledge of the area and local community. With a strong passion with community based programs, he works very closely with the indigenous local Salt Water People. He also wrote a special program catered for kids with physical and intellectual challenges such as Down Syndrome and Autism.
Amelie, our lead Instructor, discovered the marine world when she was only 8 years old and from this day she decided to make The Ocean Protection her life goal. She learn scuba diving, studied marine biology, Reef Conservation and Protection. This lead her to travel the World and dived some of the most beautiful and most fragile reef in the world. After 10 years around the world she decided to share her knowledge and form the future generation of Eco-warriors. With the support of the charity Daughters of the Deep, she aims to bring more women into the diving industry.
So join us for your next adventure underwater and help us give everybody a chance to protect our beloved marine life and have FUN while doing it!
#5 - Abyss Scuba Diving
#6 - Underwater Safaris
For Divers with less experience we have sites ranging from depths of 35' to 55' that offer very relaxed diving with little or no surge or current and outstanding visibility. More advanced divers would enjoy the challenge of the Kennedy and the Miss Opportunity. Certified PADI Divemasters and Instructors accompany all divers throughout the dive tour giving informative pre-dive briefings. They also point out unique marine life and any hazards along the way, greatly enhancing the overall educational value, safety and enjoyment of the dives.
Local weather conditions the day of the dive determines the best sites to dive. Normally, we do two dives in the morning; the first is a reef dive and the second is a wreck dive. The dive leaves at approx. 8:30 AM and returns at approx. 12:30 PM. Often we go to Buck Island Wildlife Refuge and dive the wreck of the Cartanza Senior. Another favorite spot is the Navy Barges, a great wreck dive with lots of intriguing marine life. All of our certified dives are guided with a maximum of 10 divers per instructor with no surge or current and great visibility!
#7 - Pro Dive Lord Howe Island
Dive Lord Howe is a PADI dive center operating on the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage listed island of Lord Howe, a diving paradise!
Lord Howe Island off the east coast of Australia, just a two hour flight from Sydney or Brisbane, is one of the world's most beautiful World Heritage listed islands surrounded by a NSW marine park. Warm tropical waters and cooler currents have created a diverse range of marine life, a unique mix of both tropical and temperate water fish.
The island is one of the most clean and pristine locations in the world, and the team are involved in regular clean ups with the community and are currently removing single use plastics from the island. Plastic bags, straws, etc are not available on Lord Howe Island.
Around the dive center itself, the sparkling lagoon bordered by the world's most southern coral reef provides a great opportunity to all snorkelers, divers and underwater photographers. The average depth of these dives is 5-8 metres and with longer bottom times and an abundance of marine life it is a fantastic place to learn to dive.
The Admiralty Islands are located to the north of Lord Howe Island approximately 15 minutes by boat from the Dive Lord Howe center. This group of volcanic formations are home to over 30 dive sites with a variety of terrain from large pinnacles and boulders to coral walls and caves. The Admiralty group is a must while on Lord Howe island as here you will find large schools of fish, rare as we'll as endemic species, beautiful soft and hard corals, crystal clear water and depths from 15 - 40 m.
#8 - Wilderness Sea N' Ski
Diving should not just be for the wealthy, but for everyone who enjoys the beauty underwater. At Wilderness Sea n` Ski we can get you there for less. We carry brands that are quality, relia ble, with backup service and warranty that you`d come to expect with any top end product, but with prices that won`t break the bank.
#9 - Frog Dive Willoughby
Our mission is to assist our customers to fulfill their dream in becoming divers, and to further help on the progress of their diving training. From Learn to Dive all the way to Advanced Decompression Procedures courses, our center caters for all levels of experience. We also offer Freediving and Spearfishing courses, as well as Bubble Maker and Kids Scuba Birthday parties.
We are passionate about the ocean and share this love with our Diving Family. Every weekend have boat dives and free shore dives around Sydney harbor. Our overseas and local diving trips make for unforgettable lifetime experiences. Have the best time in and out of the water with a fun group of like-minded people who love diving!
#10 - Fish Rock Dive Centre
#11 - Island Charters Narooma
#12 - Dive Smart
#14 - Kirra Dive 'On the Tweed'
Kirra Dive on the Tweed is a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre located in Tweed Heads, right on the NSW/Queensland border. We have access to Cook Island Reserve and themain attraction all year around are the Green Turtles that reside along the North wall of the Island.
We also have a mixture of tropical and temperate fish life.
Other sides include Nine Mile Reef, Alberta wreck and Fidos reef
Learning to dive has never been easier.
We offer a complete range of dive courses from Try dives (Discover Scuba Diving) to Pro level.
Most of our confined water training is conducted in heated pool and our Dive Site is only 10-20 minutes away. Our training can also be conducted in the easily assessable Tweed Inlet(shore Dive)
We do provide the highest levels of training from our team of experienced and passionate instructors. We schedule 2-3 courses a week and will run courses even for 1 student.
We also have a active dive club which is open to divers of all levels of training. We organises social events and dive trips locally and abroad
#15 - Dive 2000
Kevin Deacon is considered one of Australia’s most experienced, accomplished and highly published underwater photographers. His images have received international acclaim and have graced the pages of prestigious books and magazines through out the World during the past 25 years.
Kevin’s expertise and experience includes organizing and leading adventure dive and underwater photography/video tours to exotic locations throughout the world.
As a PADI Master Diver Trainer Kevin has been actively involved in all levels of diver training from beginners through to trainee instructors and dive masters over the past 40 years. He is regarded as one of the pioneers of recreational diving in Australia.
#16 - Wooli Dive Centre
#17 - Lets Go Adventures
#18 - Batemans Bay Dive Adventures
Batemans Bay Dive Adventures
Batemans Bay Dive Adventures is your friendly local dive shop, Canberra's closes coastal dive destination . We are located at 6 Sharon Road Batemans Bay. Come and see us for all your diving needs, including boat dives, shore dives, PADI dive courses, air fills, hire gear, diving equipment, Hot n Dry -drysuits, servicing of equipment , snorkelling and spearfishing equipment.
#19 - Geo Divers Sydney
#20 - Dive Imports Australia
#21 - Dive Forster at Fisherman's Wharf
Dive Forster at Fishermans Wharf has been established and operated by the same owner for the last thirty years, and is one of the most respected and awarded Dive Centres on the east coast of Australia. Dive Forster at Fishermans Wharf have a vast and intimate knowledge of cetaceans. They conduct Whale Watching tours offshore from Forster, NSW Australia, during the Humpback Whale migration season (June/July and October/November), and swimming with dolphins ocean safaris where guests have the opportunity to swim with wild common dolphins in the open ocean..
Dive Forster at Fisherman’s Wharf has been conducting Scuba diving and adventure tours at Forster, and all over the planet for the last 30 years.
Vastly experienced Tour Guides, Scuba Diving Instructors and Divemasters escort all tours. Ron and Gabby have a combined 40 years experience in the field. Experience, knowledge, Scuba diving and free-diving (snorkelling) skills that ensure that all adventurers on our tours enjoy the best possible experiences available. Ron and Gabby are also both qualified ocean going Commercial Vessel Masters.
We have two full time instructors available for a variety of courses, from Open Water to Assistant, and we are also excited to offer PADI Freediver courses with Gabby.
#22 - Dive Jervis Bay
Dive Jervis Bay offers a variety of trips for scuba diving and snorkelling. Experience some of the sixty plus great dives of Jervis Bay Marine Park, natures ultimate playground. The Dive Jervis Bay team are trained to the highest standard and are qualified to look after either the novice or experienced diver's in-water needs.
They also offer a huge range of Dive Courses, taught by highly qualified Instructors. Want to travel to other locations? They organise travel in Australia and outside to other dive operators. Interested in joining their local Dive Club, Husky Divers? Then you can find all the details on their website.