Snorkel Guide and Instructor Courses






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How do I become qualified as a snorkel guide? Follow the below four-step process

Snorkel Guide training caters to individuals and is delivered privately for 1-4 guests in a step by step modular format.

Also available as group training or intensive courses for:

  • Schools and school teachers
  • Tour operators and tourism providers
  • Dive shops and dive charters
  • Government authorities – Fisheries, Parks and Maritime
  • Outdoor education providers and sports clubs

Please contact me for more information.




The Snorkel Supervisor and Guide Training Course – SISOSNK002 Lead snorkelling activities – is the qualification required to enable you to conduct occupational snorkel instruction and supervision in a formal setting.

The snorkel guide course covers everything you need to know to get started working as a guide. The course is delivered online with practical training based on the Mornington Peninsula in VIC, but is available in other locations across Australia by arrangement.



Learn to be the best snorkel guide you can be with PADI Freediving and Mermaiding Instructor Trainer, Marlon Quinn.

A snorkelling, skindiving and freediving expert, Marlon created a freediving school and seal and dolphin eco boat tour business from nothing and in just a few years he turned it into a highly accredited and esteemed Victorian RACV tourism award-winning business.


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You may register for the Snorkel Guide course at any time. This is the essential first step before booking the theory or practical sessions.

Once registered you will receive:

  • Snorkel Experience Guide to Teaching (pdf)

Once you have registered for the course, you may go to Step 2 and book your online classroom session.



Once you have completed the initial registration, then you may book your online classroom session.

Click below to book in a time for your classroom session.

Note that if you’re ready to book all your sessions, you may book the practical training before the theory session is completed. Just make sure that the theory is fully completed before attending the practical sessions of Step 3 and Step 4.

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Seachanger Marlon Quinn from IT-Executive to Freediving Instructor



Once you have completed the registration and classroom theory, then you may book your practical training sessions.

Click below to book in a time for your practical pool session.

Location: Rosebud, Mornington Peninsula VIC

Already qualified and want to join a refresher? Or keen to take another training session for additional skills development?

Note that if you’re already qualified as a guide and keen to refresh your skills, or have already attended a training session and would like to be re-assessed then you may book the practical training module on its own.



Once you have completed the registration, classroom theory and pool session, then you may book your open water snorkel dive practical training sessions.

Location: Blairgowrie, Mornington Peninsula VIC

Once you have successfully completed all the parts of the course and are deemed competent, then it’s official, you’ve completed all the steps of the course!


Click below to book in a time for your practical shore snorkel dive session.

Already qualified and want to join a refresher? Or keen to take another training session for additional skills development?

Note that if you’re already qualified as a guide and keen to refresh your skills, or have already attended a training session and would like to be re-assessed then you may book the practical training module on its own.

Polkadots Moonbeams Sunset Mornington Peninsula Short Story by Marlon Quinn



If you prefer to book the course as a package and all four steps in one, including registration, classroom theory, pool session, and open water, then choose the package booking option below.

Client Reviews and Feedback

Chilly day but warm spirits! Thanks Marlon, really appreciate your expertise and guidance through the course. – Sept 2022

Nic Cooper

Owner, Wild Adventures Melbourne

Thanks again Marlon, everyone got so much out of the course. – Sept 2022


Owner, Woebegone Freedive

Everybody had a really great time and got so much out of the course, we feel really well set up to run these sessions for the students safely and make it a fun/engaging time! The way you catered to our specific experiences was awesome.

– Feb 2021

Louis Callas

Program Staffing Manager, Bindaree Outdoors

A massive thanks for all your advice…[it] made a massive difference. – Sept 2022


Secondary Teacher, Corinda High School QLD

Thanks Marlon we sure did prove we were a tough bunch on the day 👏 Thanks for an excellent course and look forward to doing more training. – Sept 2022

Tracy Botwright

Creator, Not.Nat.Geo

Upon successful completion of the training course you will receive a Statement of Attainment for SISOSNK002 Lead snorkelling activities, including any additional units of competency you successfully complete. This results in a nationally recognised training occupational Snorkel Leading qualification.


Learn more about the SISOSNK002 Lead snorkelling activities qualification here.

What does the course cover?

The course and assessment covers topics such as:

  • Safe snorkelling theory and practical skills
  • Snorkelling skills and equipment handling
  • Snorkel excursion leadership, planning, group control and problem management
  • Rescue skills
  • Personal snorkelling skills improvement
  • Demonstations and briefings
What’s included in the price?

The snorkel guide course and assessment is broken into four modules. Delivered in a flexible and adaptive method, you can complete each step as you’re ready to progress (within 6 months of first registration).

  • Registration and enrolment
  • Snorkel guide course learning materials
  • Course completion certificate

The course package does not include meals, equipment or accommodation.

Participants should first register for the course package to enrol and then follow each step in sequence as they are completed. Training sessions can be repeated if necessary, or used as refresher training if you’re a former certified snorkel guide that is returning to work after a long break.

What can I expect on the course?

When you attend a course you can expect to receive world class training, delivered by a proven industry leading and award-winning professional that encourages you to explore your career aspirations with genuine support and real-world experience and understanding.

The course will cover all the units that are assessed – you don’t need to have any prior knowledge.

You’ll have ample opportunity to attempt the tasks you need to, as the learning environment is inclusive, supportive and the atmosphere one where you’ll feel comfortable to get things right, and wrong. Developing the understanding and being able to demonstrate the correct skills in a safe learning environment is the philosophy behind our teaching and your successful future career.

As an example of what to expect in the course sessions, here is a brief outline. However this may change depending on the range of participants, prevailing weather conditions and timing of the course.

  • Course registration and pre-learning (1-1.5hrs)
  • On-line classroom theory session (1-3hrs)
  • Confined water (pool) session (1.5-2hrs)
  • Open water (shore dive) session (2hrs)
What do I need to bring?
Pool / Open Water
  • Pool: Swimwear and 4-5mm wetsuit, towel, mask, snorkel, fins, weightbelt
  • Open Water: Swimwear and 5mm wetsuit, towel, mask, snorkel, fins, weightbelt, sun protection
*We recommend thicker 5mm wetsuits for the in-water training. As we spend extended time in the water, you may get cold more quickly than you’re used to.
Fitness and Snorkelling Ability

Our snorkelling guide training and courses are immersive and focussed sessions of snorkelling and learning.

It’s therefore important that you are physically well, have a sufficient level of fitness, and are in good healthy condition to take full advantage of the training and education provided. Performing at your best for the duration of the course means firstly that you’ll be safe, and secondly you’ll make the most of your time and energy invested!

The minimum recommended snorkelling ability to attend the course is beginner to intermediate. However, keep in mind that you don’t have to perform anything that you consider beyond your abilities. You can always return to complete the practical skills sessions another time to demonstrate your abilities after practicing and refining them if you need to.


The provision of this nationally recognised and accredited training course is in partnership with and under the auspices of PADI Asia Pacific as the RTO (RTO ID#6729).


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