2018 Course dates.
The spring course will run from Thursday November 23rd to Wednesday December 13th inclusive. The mid-year course dates to be advised if there is sufficient interest.
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 30 logged dives and 20 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 11 months of the start date of the course
A current AQTF registered workplace first aid certification (completed within 3 years before end date of the course).
A current AQTF registered oxygen resuscitation certification (completed within 1 year before end date of the course).
Ability to pass UTAS swim test (details available from Diving Officer or Unit Coordinator).
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
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 $1850 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.
|Unit name||Scientific Diving|
|Faculty/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
|Discipline||Ecology and Biodiversity|
Dr Jeff Ross (unit coordinator), Simon Talbot (University Diving Officer), other IMAS diving staff.
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Spring school (November)||On-Campus||International||Domestic|
|Hobart||Intensive Session Jun||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)||11/11/2019||2/12/2019||26/12/2019||9/2/2020|
|Intensive Session Jun||24/6/2019||28/6/2019||4/7/2019||14/7/2019|
* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).
Unit census dates currently displaying for 2019 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2019 will be available from the 1st October 2018.
|Band||CSP Student Contribution||Full Fee Paying (domestic)||Field of Education|
|2||2019: $1,169.00||2019: $2,704.00||031799|
Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.
Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.
- Diving prerequisites apply - see Special Note above
- KSM202 or (KZA211 and KZA212) or (KPA214 and KPA215) or (any 2 of KGA202, KGA204, KGA205, KGA213, KGA223)
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:
3 week intensive course
exam 60%; practical performance 30%; written project 10%
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
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