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SAA AS/NZS 2815.6

2013 Edition, October 29, 2013

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This Standard specifies the training activities and competencies required for the training and certification of divers to work safely and competently at a limited range of underwater tasks as members of an occupational diving team using self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA) (see Notes).

The qualification in this Standard is intended to be the minimum qualification for occupational SCUBA diving but is not intended to equip occupational divers who may be engaged in more demanding tasks and environments, such as within the construction industry, military, police or emergency services (see Notes).

Environmental working conditions for restricted occupational SCUBA divers should be limited to reasonably controlled environments that involve direct access to the surface, no planned decompression and minimal risk of underwater entrapment or unplanned decompression.

Requirements and guidance for providers of restricted occupational SCUBA diver training are given in Section 4.


1 Many occupational diving operations will require additional underwater work skills to those listed in this Standard. Training and certification for occupational SCUBA divers who can undertake a wider range of underwater tasks is covered in AS 2815.1.

2 Attention is drawn to the requirements of AS/NZS 2299.1, AS/NZS 2299.2 and of regulatory authorities which may limit the depths and times of diving with no compression chamber facilities.

3 For the purposes of this Standard, only open-circuit scuba is considered either using air or enriched air nitrox. This Standard is not intended to train divers in the use of closed circuit or rebreather diving systems.

4 This Standard is not intended to train divers for surface supply diving, construction diving or diving in hazardous diving conditions. Hazardous diving conditions include the following:

(a) Risk of entanglement – diving in and around nets and cages, multiple ropes and lines, tree branches, man-made underwater structures such as shipwrecks, sunken vehicles, or other sunken material.

(b) Diving in an overhead environment, without vertical access to the surface.

(c) Highly limited or zero visibility.

(d) Work near outflow or inflow to pipes.

(e) Diving in currents or fast flowing creeks, rivers and drains.

(f) Diving associated with setting of weights or moorings or use of lifting devices for anything other than fish or shellfish.

(g) Work in high boat traffic areas such as navigation channels, entries to marinas, operational ports.

(h) Use of plant powered from the surface.

(i) Decompression diving.

(j) Diving deeper than 30 metres.

5 This Standard may be used to train divers working in occupations such as—

(a) aquarium diving;

(b) archaeological investigations;

(c) scientific research; and

(d) natural resource management.