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Snorkelling fieldwork

The dive officer is here to help you get in the water... and ensure you come back!

If you're planning a research project that includes snorkelling, 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 point you towards the people who are getting wet!

All snorkelling must be approved by the university dive officer or marine fieldwork manager in advance of conducting the fieldwork.


Snorkelling contacts

Snorkelling Safety

[ new forms and manual as of August 2015 ]

Please direct any snorkelling safety concern to the Diving and Boating Safety Advisory Group (DBSC) at, to any University Dive Officer, the Marine Fieldwork Manager, or to the Macquarie Health & Safety.

Going snorkelling (forms and paperwork)

1. Snorkling induction

  • Complete fieldwork participant information for all personnel (Field Friendly, requires OneID)
  • Complete a snorkeller induction form for all personnel [Snorkeller induction form]
  • Complete snorkelling induction and swim assessment with marine fieldwork or delegate [ link to form (doc)].

2. Preparing your snorkelling plan

  • A risk assessment of the proposed work and the study site must be undertaken (Snorkelling Risk Assessment, and Snorkelling Manual). This project proposal and risk assessment is then reviewed by the marine fieldwork manager via (Field Friendly). Contact the marine fieldwork manager for help with you planning.

3. Fieldwork notification (Snorkelling)

4. Logging snorkelling activity

  • Complete appropriate Snorkelling Log (Coursework, Research) and return these to the UDO after your fieldtrip or as agreed (via Field Friendly).
  • If necessary complete Univeristy incident notification form and notify the marine fieldwork manager [online form].
  • The marine fieldwork manager must be notified as soon as possible if any incident is reported.

More Information


Jane Williamson snorkelling

Mike Gillings snorkelling