The making of a Master Reef Guide

Becoming a Master Reef Guide

Master Reef Guide Selection Criteria:

Master Reef Guides are considered the best in their field for reef interpretations, master storytelling and experience delivery. To be considered a Master Reef Guide, a Master Reef Guide will be:

  • Working for a Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority recognised High Standard Tourism Operator and/or identified as a recognised leader in Reef tourism-staff training.
  • Nominated and endorsed by a High Standard Tourism Operator.
  • Over 21 years of age.
  • Able to demonstrate contemporary and accurate knowledge on the Great Barrier Reef – its cultural, biological, ecological, geological and historical values and the management in place to protect it.
  • A full-time staff member in the Great Barrier Reef tourism industry that has worked for a minimum of 12 months, or equivalent in part-time hours or able to demonstrate equivalent relevant experience.
  • Committed to continue in the Great Barrier Reef tourism industry as a Master Reef Guide for a minimum of 12 months.
  • Well-presented and a great presenter.
  • Available to attend training including; an induction field-school (four days) and one masterclass (one day) annually.

Key Training

Each cohort is carefully selected and trained in a range of areas such as public speaking, enhancing visitor experience, and the power of interpretation.

“The Master Reef Guides were brought together to learn how to enhance people’s reef experiences through storytelling, creating those unforgettable WOW moments, and planting seeds for people to take home and grow into something beautiful,” Natalie Lobartolo, Master Reef Guide.