Diving at Flinders University is operated under the Flinders University Diving Procedures Manual as a part of the Occupational, Health & Safety Standards. Open Water diving certification is a prerequisite for ARCH8103: Maritime Archaeology Field School. Flinders has a comprehensive diving policy and is currently finalizing that policy and operations manual. Before any person can undertake a Flinders University dive, they must first be registered as a university diver. The requirements for diving for internal students (students who are currently on-campus studying) are no different than those for external students (students who are currently off-campus studying). All divers must be at the level of "Undergraduate Diver" or higher. Below are the qualifications for "Undergraduate Diver" status.

Undergraduate Diver

To be registered as an "Undergraduate Diver", you must provide the following to the Technical Officer (TO):

  • Copy or copies of all relevant diving qualifications: It is mandatory that a copy of your basic scuba certification card is kept on file; it is further suggested that you provide copies of cards from other certifications courses completed (Advanced Diver, Rescue Diver, etc).
  • Copy of current dive logbook (latest 15 hours dive time): this must be completed before Field School begins or you will NOT be allowed to participate in diving activities.
  • Copy of a current commercial diving medical: medicals are available through the Hyperbaric Medicine Unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (08 8222 5116); the wait can be long as (3 months) asthey only perform exams one day per week, so it is imperative that you schedule as soon as possible. The alternative is to pay approximately $120 to a local specially trained GP. You will NOT be allowed to participate in diving activities if you are refused clearance by a diving physician.
  • Copy of University Diving Procedures Statement of Understanding Form - this form should be signed after you have read the entire Diving Procedures Manual.
  • Copy of current service maintenance on gear: If using your own SCUBA equipment, you must supply documentation that it is in current test and/or service. Proper documentation includes proof of annual service on your regulator by a qualified technician.  Most dive shops can perform annual regulator service and will provide you a receipt (that includes parts replaced, serial number for each component, etc) Please supply us with a copy of that receipt or you will not be able to use your equipment.
  • Copy of a current senior first aid certificate: for internal students an opportunity to complete this will be organized by the department staff.
  • Copy of a current oxygen provider certificate: for internal students an opportunity to complete this will be organized by the department staff.
  • In addition, you must fill in and sign the following forms:

Form 4: Flinders University Air Diver Registration form

Form 5: Flinders University Snorkel Diver Registration form

A checkout dive will be required for new divers and for people who have not dived within the last six months, prior to their being listed on the Flinders University Diver Register.

Copies of these certifications and documents should be forwarded via email or fax to the Technical Officer at John.Naumann@flinders.edu.au or fax: (+61 8) 8201 2784. You will not be allowed to participate in any diving, if you do not have the proper documentation on file with the university - NO EXCEPTIONS. If you have questions about this policy or the paperwork, please contact Jennifer McKinnon.

Diving gear

We do have a small dive locker which includes regulators, buoyancy compensators, wetsuits, weight belts, weights, some masks, some fins, etc. This gear can be checked out through the Technical Officer, but it is on a first-come, first-serve basis. We require that you provide your own mask, fins and snorkel on each project you participate in. If you wish to check out diving gear fill out a Diving Equipment Request Form and turn it in to the Technical Officer no later than 24 hours in advance of pick up date.

Diving Forms

If you have a Flinders University log-in you can go to these directly on the Occupational Health & Safety website; DIVING section

Flinders University Air Diver Registration Form

Flinders University Snorkel Diver Registration Form

Flinders University Diving Procedures Statement of Understanding

New Diver Evaluation

Occupational Diving Medical Form (AS 2299.1 2007) (PDF 209KB)

Flinders University Diving Manual