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SNZ AS/NZS 2815.2

2013 Edition, October 29, 2013

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Training and certification of occupational divers Part 2: Surface supplied diving to 30 m

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  • Revision: 2013 Edition, October 29, 2013
  • Published Date: October 29, 2013
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: Standards New Zealand (SNZ)
  • Page Count: 40
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

Description / Abstract:

This Standard specifies the training activities and competencies required for the training and certification of divers to work safely and competently as members of an occupational diving team—

(a) using surface-supplied breathing apparatus (SSBA);

(b) breathing air or enriched air nitrox (EAN) as the breathing gas; and

(c) undertaking no decompression dives to 30 m (see Notes).

Requirements and guidance for providers of surface supplied diving training are given in Section 4.

This Standard is not intended to encompass the recreational diving industry and training within that industry.


1 Training and certification to this Standard is generally the minimum required by a diver to undertake diving in on-shore locations and construction activities, e.g. repair of jetties, dams on sites where no surface compression chambers are required by AS/NZS 2299.1 to be present on site. Many occupational diving operations will require additional underwater work skills to those listed in this Standard. It should be noted that there may be specific regulatory requirements relating to occupational divers intending to work in the construction industry.

2 Restricted occupational diver certification is for persons whose diving duties do not require training in all of the specialized underwater tasks (see Section 2). Divers with restricted certificates may only undertake diving operations that involve limited use of plant, tools and equipment. Persons holding restricted occupational diver certificates to this Standard may upgrade their diving qualifications by completion of all remaining modules in this Standard for full certification, or by completion of all training with the exception of specialized modules in AS 2815.3 for restricted certification as unrestricted occupational SSBA divers.

3 Training and certification of occupational SCUBA divers is dealt with in AS 2815.1 and AS/NZS 2815.6.

4 Attention is drawn to the requirements of AS/NZS 2299.1 and of regulatory authorities, which may contain limits for the depths and times of diving with no compression chamber facilities on site.

5 Persons who wish to be trained sufficiently to dive using recompression facilities and to depths greater than 30 m need to be trained to AS 2815.3. Graduates from training courses to this Standard, i.e. AS/NZS 2815.2, who wish to upgrade their diving qualifications, may be eligible to do so by completing approved selected modules at an approved diver training establishment.

This Standard applies to occupational diving work in a range of industries, including but not limited to—

(i) construction;

(ii) wild catch harvesting;

(iii) aquaculture;

(iv) underwater engineering inspections;

(v) archaeological investigations;

(vi) police and defence operations;

(vii) underwater film production; and

(viii) emergency services.