Naturally, safety is of high priority on Heron Island and all dive staff are trained in diving first aid.

Diving safety requirements

  • A ‘C’ card must be presented upon check-in. Use of a BCD, timing device and/or computer, regulator (with pressure and depth gauge) and an alternate air source is mandatory.
  • Australian Scuba Diving Standards require that all certified divers are medically fit to dive. Certain medical conditions that may be accepted in other countries (i.e. USA and Canada), may exclude you from diving at Heron Island such as asthma, epilepsy, diabetes and high blood pressure or blood disorders of any kind. If you are taking any medication (with the exception of the contraceptive pill) you may also be excluded from diving at Heron Island. If you suffer from a medical condition or are taking medication, a fully completed medical AS 4005.1 is to be completed by a Queensland medical practitioner with knowledge of diving medicine. This is to be presented to the Heron Island Marine Centre before you will be able to participate in any form of diving activities. A copy of the Medical Form and a list of accredited medical practitioners are available at The dive team reserves the right to exclude divers from diving in line with safety and PADI regulations. If you have any medical concerns, please consult a dive accredited doctor.
  • Safety regulations on Heron Island require that guests traveling from the Island by helicopter and/or by fixed wing aircraft must not dive for a minimum of 24 hours prior to flying.
  • Diving equipment should include an alternate air source, dive computer, safety sausage and a snorkel.

Snorkel safety requirements

  • Do not snorkel or swim alone or out of sight of family and friends.
  • Do not snorkel out to the reef edge.
  • Snorkeling is generally a safe activity. However, exercise can aggravate certain medical conditions such as asthma and heart conditions. You should only participate in the activity with this understanding.
  • Do not snorkel in the harbour or boat channel between 8am and 5.30pm.