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Marine Science


Diving fieldwork

The dive officer is here to help you get underwater... and ensure you come back!  

If you're planning a research project that includes diving, maximise your time and minimise your hassels by chatting with the dive officer and/or marine fieldwork manager as early as possible in your planning process. We have a lot of experince and expertise and who needs to reinvent the wheel?

If you're just looking to get involved with some of the exciting work happening around the uni, then the dive officer and marine fieldwork manager can help point you towards the people who are getting wet!

All diving must be approved by the university dive officer in advance of conducting the fieldwork.

University Dive Officers & contacts

Dive Safety

Please direct any diving or boating safety concern to the Diving and Boating Safety Committee (DBSC) at, to any University Dive Officer or contact, or to the Macquarie Health & Safety.

Becoming a diver and going diving 

The Macquarie University Diving Operations Manual

If you intend to dive using compressed air (SCUBA or SSBA) when undertaking research or volunteer work at Macquarie University then you should be familar with the dive manual located on the University wiki.

1. Research using SCUBA : Qualifications and Registration

General registration advice:

Please contact the UDO for diving enquiries. An unrestricted scientific diver will possess one of the following diving qualifications:

  1. ADAS part 1R
  2. PADI or SSI Divemaster
  3. VET Scientific Diver 

and all of the following:

  1. Current First Aid certification
  2. Current CPR and oxygen resuscitation certifications
  3. Current (annual) AS2299.1 dive medical (a recreation dive medical is not sufficent, the doctor needs to either be listed as providing occupational diver medicals on the SPUMS website or you need to provide evidence of their training in underwater medicine). Please ensure that the dive medical has an expiry date as required by the WHS regulation 2011.
  4. Evidence of 15 hours of diving since your initial certification (typically a signed dive lookbook)
  5. Undertake and pass a checkout dive with a dive officer

There is provision for diving as a restricted scientific diver: contact the UDO for more information.

All this information is maintained using an online system (Field Friendly) and you will need an OneID to login.

2. Preparing your dive plan

A risk assessment of the proposed work and the study site must be undertaken. This is then reviewed by the UDO. To help you with dive planning, copies of the DCIEM tables are available from the UDO.

  • Template Risk Assessment for Compressed Air Diving [DOCX]
  • Site Registration (Field Friendly).

3. Fieldwork Notification (Diving)

Use this form to let the UDO know when you are diving, who with, etc

4. Logging the dive

Some risks, such as the sea condition, can only be assessed immediately prior to the dive so a pre-dive risk assessment section is included at the top of the dive log. The dive log must be completed on site and returned to the UDO.

  • Dive Safety Log and Onsite hazard checklist [PDF]

5. Maintaining a personal log book

You are required to maintain a personal record of your diving experience, medicals and other training. The following form has been created for your personal use, though you may prefer to use a recreational log book or other means to record your diving history.

SCUBA diver working

SSBA diving in Port Hacking

SCUBA diver with sample bags

SCUBA diver using airlift

SSBA diving in Port Hacking

SCUBA diver with samples

SCUBA diver on surface