Note: In addition to the usual tuition fees, this unit attracts a levy of $2250 to cover running costs.
Pre-requisites apply for this Unit.
Students need to contact the Unit Coordinator (Dr Camille White; Camille.White@utas.edu.au) well in advance to ensure they will be able to meet the following diving related pre-requisites:
- Open water diver certification
- Current occupational diving medical (dated within 12 months from the end date of this course).
- 40 dives and 30 hrs minimum diving logged outside training courses (with at least 6 of those dives logged in temperate waters in the previous 3 months if you have no temperate water diving experience)
- Current HLTAID014 Advanced 1st aid certification or equivalent (dated 3 years from the end date of this course)
- Current HLTAID015 Provide Advanced Resuscitation (CPR and O2 resuscitation) (dated 1 year from the end date of this course)
- Rescue diver certification
- Nitrox diver certification
Additionally, candidates must be able to successfully complete a UTAS swim assessment prior to the practical components of the course.
This unit requires Unit Coordinator approval for enrolment. The course is run as an intensive 3 week block; please confirm the dates with the Unit Coordinator.
This unit provides theoretical and practical training in scientific diving, focusing on both safe diving procedures in the conduct of science underwater and a range of scientific techniques used commonly by scientific divers. Students who complete the course satisfactorily will gain formal professional certification as an unrestricted scientific diver, and restricted occupational diver (as per Australian Standards AS2299.2 and AS2815.6). This qualification is recognised nationally and by a large number of countries internationally. Emphasis will be given to the planning and management of scientific diving to maximise both dive safety and scientific return per unit dive time. Students will gain experience with and appreciation of a wide range of scientific techniques used underwater, and learn skills and procedures to conduct safe and efficient scientific diving at a professional level. Particular scientific techniques examined include lifting techniques, spatial reference and navigation, search techniques, suction sampling and use of other air-driven tools, point intersect techniques, line and visual transects, scientific photography underwater, diver-operated sediment and infauna cores, rapid benthic assessment, and tagging marine animals and plants.
Diving procedures commonly required for scientific diving that are covered include, zero visibility and night diving, deep diving, and specialised diving procedures.
In addition to the usual tuition fees, this unit attracts a levy of $2000 to cover running costs.
Enrolment in this unit will be limited by a quota (maximum 12 students), and subject to a minimum enrolment of 8 students.Students with a strong background in tertiary science who do not meet the formal unit prerequisites are advised to contact the unit coordinator to discuss their possible eligibility for this unit.
This spring unit will run from Thursday November 12th to Wednesday December 2nd inclusive.
Diving Pre-requisites Apply.
Students need to contact Simon Talbot (University Diving Officer; Simon.Talbot@utas.edu.au) well in advance of the course to ensure they will be able to meet the following diving related pre-requisites:
Recognised open water SCUBA qualification.
Recognised rescue diver qualification.
Recognised Enriched Air Nitrox qualification
A minimum of 40 logged dives and 30 hours underwater post training (note: students who do not have at least 6 logged dives in temperate waters in the 6 months before the course will need specific clearance from the Diving Officer).
A current occupational diving medical completed within 12 months of the end of the course
Current HLTAID006 Advanced 1st aid certification or equivalent (dated within 3 years from the end date of this course)
Current HLTAID007 Provide Advanced Resuscitation (CPR and O2 resuscitation) and L2 Workplace 1st aid qualifications (dated within 3 years from the end date of this course)
Ability to pass UTAS swim test (details available from Diving Officer or Unit Coordinator) prior to the practical components of the course.
This unit requires unit co-ordinator approval for enrolment. The course is run as an intensive 3 week block; please confirm the dates with the unit coordinator
|Unit name||Scientific Diving|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
|Discipline||Ecology and Biodiversity|
|Coordinator||Doctor Camille White|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Spring school (November)||On-Campus||International||Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
|Spring school (November)||13/11/2023||1/12/2023||28/12/2023||11/2/2024|
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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1,3||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3||Domestic Full Fee 4|
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3 week intensive course
|Assessment||Test or quiz (100%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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