Diving

All you need to know about our diving safety procedures.

Diving  includes

  • Activities using SCUBA, Surface Supplied equipment, Rebreathers, etc.
  • Breath-hold activities, such as snorkeling and freediving
  • Chamber diving (hyperbaric/recompression chamber)

The roles and responsibilities of our Officers, People Leaders, Dive Coordinators and Diver/Dive Support personnel can be found on our Diving at the University of Tasmania intranet webpage.

Dive Manual

We are transitioning from our  2009  Dive  Procedures Manual  to the UTAS  Dive Manual and Appendices Ver 9.0 which was approved  on 30th June 2022.  Both the new and prior manuals  are provided below for your reference.    It is advised that you begin using the new  manual as soon as practical.    For more information and familiarisation sessions, visit the UTAS Diving Community Teams Page 

Diving Safety Committee

The Committee advises the University Dive Officer regarding development and implementation of relevant University policies, minimum standards and procedures.
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Diving  Framework

An overview of the interaction between legislation, standards and other guidance material,  plus key acronyms and definitions used in scientific diving.
Learn more

The University is a member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS). The University Diving Safety Committee members are listed as a Diving Control Board member or DSO of University of Tasmania by the AAUS. The AAUS provides technical advice to the University of Tasmania in accordance with AS/NZS 2299.2:2002 Occupational Diving Operations-Scientific Diving.

For the purposes of the AAUS procedures, this sub-committee fulfils the same role as a Diving Control Board (DCB) and the members fulfil the same role as Dive Safety Officer (DSO).

Diving safety committee

The Diving Safety Committee (the Committee) is the advisory body responsible for supporting safe diving practices at the University of Tasmania, including in relation to relevant legislation, Australian Standards, Codes of Practice, industry requirements and the University’s Diving Minimum Standards and Procedures.

The Committee advises the University Dive Officer regarding development and implementation of relevant University policies, procedures and the  Diving Safety Manual.

The University of Tasmania is a member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS). The AAUS provides technical advice to the University of Tasmania in accordance with Scientific Diving industry standards. For the purposes of the AAUS procedures, this committee fulfils the same role as a Diving Control Board (DCB) and the University Dive Officer fulfils the same role as Dive Safety Officer (DSO).

The Committee meet quarterly.

Committee Members
Chair - Executive Director - IMAS Catriona MacLeod  ongoing
Director, Safety and Wellbeing Chris  Arnold ongoing
University Dive Officer  Vallorie Hodges  ongoing
Principal Dive Officer (IMAS Taroona)Jane Ruckert  (Acting) ongoing
Autonomous Maritime Systems Operator/Technician (AMC Search) Martin Filleul  ongoing
Lecturer  Maritime Training  Ocean - Seafaring - AMC Stephen Hurd  2 years
Academic  Divers Jeff Ross 
Chris White       
2 years
Professional Scientific Divers Antonia Cooper
Vacant
2 years
Independent (external) professional diver Jonathan Benjamin (Flinders University)  2 years
Advisory Members
Operation Manager - AMC Gregory Truloff  ongoing
Operation Manager - IMAS Kirsten le Mar ongoing
Diver Health Expert from the  Dept of Diving  and Hyperbarbic Representative Medicine at RHH   ongoing

Invitee - Chair Vessel Safety Committee - Michael Van Balen (Principal - AMC)

Secretariat - Support to the Committee - Safety and Wellbeing representative

For advice or to submit an Agenda item for Diving committee, please email dive.safety@utas.edu.au

Meetings 2022

Tuesday 15th  March  2022via zoom 10.30 am to 12.00pm
Tuesday 7 June 2022via Zoom2.00pm  to 3.30pm
Monday, 19th September 2022via Zoom10.30am to 12.00pm 
Thursday 8th December 2022via Zoom 2.30pm to 4.00pm