All participants must abide by Flinders University Diving and Snorkelling Safety Policy.

Diving and Snorkelling Procedures Manual

All Flinders University divers MUST have read and understood the Diving and Snorkelling Procedures Manual. The manual underpins the safe procedures that govern all diving and snorkelling conducted through the University.

Diving Approvals

Before the start of any University Field Trip involving diving or snorkelling, the Field Trip Leader or Dive Coordinator must obtain approval from the Maritime Safety Officer as part of the Field Trip approval process. Please submit the Dive Plan Form and ensure that you forward the Field Trip Documentation and a full Risk assessment to the Maritime Safety Officer for review at least 3 working days (72 hours) prior to the commencement of the trip.

Maritime Safety Officer (Former title, University Boating and Diving Officer, UBDO)

Matt Lloyd

Email: matt.lloyd@flinders.edu.au

Mobile: 0414 190 051

Office: (08) 8201 2534

Fax:  (08) 8201 3001

Work Health and Safety Unit; Registry Building (Room 009)

GPO Box 2100 Adelaide SA 5001

Minimum Training and Experience 

All Flinders University Scuba divers must have as a minimum: 

Within the first 6 months of undertaking a dive with the University, divers must complete:

  • Current Provide First Aid (HLTAID003) (renewed every 3 years).
  • Oxygen Provider and CPR training (renewed annually).

Dive Register 

To register as a new Flinders University diver please fill out the:

Please forward all forms and scanned copies of your dive certifications, current dive medical, copies of the last 18 hours of your diving logbook and within 6 months evidence of completion of Provide First Aid, CPR and Oxygen training to the Maritime Safety Officer for inclusion to the University Dive Register.

Gear Service and Loan

All dive equipment used on University dive trips must be serviced annually and in good working order. The University stocks some dive equipment for loan but if personal equipment such as BCD’s and Regulators are preferred, please forward scanned copies of the annual service record to the Maritime Safety Officer prior to undertaking the dive trip. Note, any faulty equipment must be tagged out immediately, recorded on the Daily Dive Safety Log and reported to the Maritime Safety Officer.

Check Out Dive

New University divers are required to undertake a check out dive with the Maritime Safety Officer or an experienced Dive Coordinator, refer to the New Diver Evaluation Form.

Diving Categories

To ensure safe diving operations, a defined diving structure exists within the University, based on training, experience and role in the dive team. The categories are as follows: 

  • Restricted Scientific Diver: Open Water Diver with 18 hours and 15 logged dives minimum experience. Must be supervised in-water by a General Scientific Diver or Dive Coordinator. Depth limit 12m.
  • Limited Scientific Diver: Rescue Diver, 60 hours and 5 scientific dives with the University (or equivalent). Able to undertake scientific diving to a depth of 18m.
  • General Scientific Diver: Professional Dive Leader qualification (i.e. Dive Master) or Occupational dive qualification (i.e. AS/NZS 2815), 80 hours and 10 scientific dives with the University (or equivalent). Able to be an in-water Dive Leader. Depth limit 24m.
  • Dive Coordinator: Professional Dive Leader qualification or Occupational dive qualification, 100 hours and 20 scientific dives with the University (or equivalent). Depth limit 30m. The Dive Coordinator has the authority to coordinate University Diving operations, selection is based on individuals who poses leadership skills, sound judgement with a demonstrated ability to follow Flinders dive protocol and run safe diving operations.

Refer to section 2.3 of the Diving Procedures Manual for full details.

Roles, Responsibility and Chain of Command 

On a dive site there is a distinct chain of command and direction given by these responsible persons should be followed by all members of the dive team. 

  • The Field Trip Leader is responsible for the conduct of the overall trip.
  • The Dive Coordinator is responsible for supervising the diving operation.
  • The in-water Dive Leader is responsible for the safe conduct of their diving team.
  • Where applicable, the Skipper/ Coxswain is in charge of the vessel and safety of the personnel on-board.
  • Note, the Maritime Safety Officer is in charge of managing all diving and boating conducted through the University and has the authority to restrict, prohibit or suspend activities, or require additional safety practices, procedures or equipment to ensure safety. Note, any changes to a Dive Plan must first be cleared by the Maritime Safety Officer.

Daily Diving Operations 

Under the supervision of the Dive Coordinator, University Diving operations must follow protocol as set out in the Diving and Snorkelling Procedures Manual. The Dive Coordinator must complete the following:

a)    Daily On-Site Risk Assessment

b)    Daily Dive Safety Briefing Checklist

c)    Pre Dive Equipment Checklist

d)    Daily Dive Safety Log

cd) Pre-Dive Equipment Check and Dive Safety Log Combined

Note, scanned copies of all dive forms must be submitted to the Maritime Safety Officer post trip.

Safe Dive Planning - How to Use DCIEM Dive Tables

It is vital that Dive Coordinators know how to fill out the Daily Dive Safety Log, interpret the DCIEM tables correctly and for repetitive diving correctly calculate Effective Bottom Time to safely account for the residual nitrogen in a diver’s body. Refer to the following link Safe Dive Planning – How to use DCIEM dive tables .

Diving Limits

Please adhere to the Diving and Snorkelling Safety Policy and read the the Diving and Snorkelling Procedures Manual for a full understanding of the dive protocol the University has in place.

In short:

  • Conservative dive planning. All dives underpinned by DCIEM dive tables with a maximum repetitive group of H (G if hyperbaric chamber is >2 hours away).
  • No Decompression diving permitted.
  • Maximum of 7 ascents in a day.
  • Dive profile deep to shallow.
  • Minimum surface interval of 15 minutes between dives.
  • Minimum of 3 people to a dive team; 2 divers with a Dive Coordinator/ Dive Attendant as top-side support.
  • Maximum depth (i.e. Restricted Student Diver <12m, Limited Scientific Diver <21m and General Scientific Diver up to 30m).
  • Diver to top-side communications established by use of Lifelines, Float lines or Com units. In-water communications signals understood.
  • Dive Leader and Buddy system established to conduct frequent diver/ air checks.
  • Low minimum air 50 bar (on surface).
  • Ascent rate of 9 metres per minute.
  • Shark shield to be worn at all times.
  • Maximum of 5 days repetitive diving permitted with the 6th day free of diving.
  • Minimum 24 hours surface interval if flying after diving.

Snorkel Diving

Refer to section 8 of the Diving and Snorkelling Procedures Manual.

Shark Shields

The use of Shark Shields is mandatory at Flinders University. Refer to the Shark Shield user manual for correct operation. Shark Shield Scuba 7 units are strongly recommended for all diving operations whilst Shark Shield Freedom 7 units are recommended for all Snorkel operations.


Note, any deviation from standard University diving procedure must be cleared by the Maritime Safety Officer. Exemptions can be applied on the Dive Plan Form.

Lost Buddy

Diving Emergency, Accident, Incident or Near Miss

In an event of an accident or incident the immediate health and safety of your team is of primary concern. Apply DRSABCD immediately, apply 100% oxygen to the injured diver then contact Divers Emergency Services (DES) 1800 088 200 for advice or if critical Emergency services (Police, Fire & Ambulance) 000. In the event of possible Decompression Sickness (DCS) prepare for immediate transport to the nearest Hyperbaric chamber. Once the injured diver is stable contact the Maritime Safety Officer (Matt Lloyd - 0414 190 051), your Supervisor and the University’s Associate Director WHS (Helen Webb - 0414 190 024). If uncontactable phone 24 hour University Security (8201 2880).

Record details of the incident in the dive log and tag out any faulty equipment.
Then log accident/ incident onto FlinSafe Staff or FlinSafe - Casual staff, contractors, students and visitors. In the event of a “near-miss” please report to the Maritime Safety Officer. Note, Dive Coordinators should carry a copy of the Diving Emergency Flowchart when undertaking diving operations.

Diving Overseas

Dive Insurance

 DAN dive insurance is strongly recommended to provide appropriate cover for staff or student working overseas, international short course students and volunteers.

Boating Operations

All participants must abide by Flinders University Boating Safety Policy and procedures. Please refer to the University Safe Boating Operations website.

University Boating and Diving Committee

Meets on a quarterly basis to advise the Maritime Safety Officer and the University Health and Safety committee. The Committee focuses on boating and diving safety policy and procedure.