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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 102 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

In June 2021 the 5th Master Reef Guide Field Training School took place on Heron Island. The week long intensive training was attended by a cohort of 19 crew members from various High Standard Tourism Operations. They received the latest reef information from experts, engaged with Reef Traditional Owners and learned techniques for how to tell visitors the story 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 19 May 2023
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