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Master Reef Guides are striving to be the world’s leading reef guides and interpreters sharing the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

As reef ambassadors they impart up-to-date scientific and management information about the reef and explain what people can do to make a difference.

The Master Reef Guide Program is delivered by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators and Tourism and Events Queensland and is the first of its kind for the Reef.

There are currently 123 Master Reef Guides located across the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, from the Ribbon Reefs in the north to Lady Elliot Island in the southern Great Barrier Reef.

Master Reef Guide Field Training School

To become a Master Reef Guide, each individual from their respective High Standard Tourism Operator must attend and successfully complete an intensive training event. Accompanied by a range of mentors - from Reef Authority staff to Traditional Owners, scientists, communicators and more - these Guides are taken on an immersive journey through the history, the present and the future of the Great Barrier Reef. They receive the latest reef information from these mentors and experts to improve their knowledge, their connection and their interpretation skills to share the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

To reach Master Reef Guide status, a comprehensive selection and formal training process is undertaken.

Current nomination opportunity

We are currently not taking nominations for Master Reef Guides.

Nomination rounds occur once to twice a year and are announced here as well as on the Master Reef Guides Facebook and Instagram pages.

Master Reef Guides on the Great Barrier Reef

Master Reef Guides are located throughout the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and information about their locations and professional expertise is profiled here.

Where to find a Master Reef Guide - GBRMPA - Australia
Updated 12 Feb 2024
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