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Course Overview

The focus of the course is to prepare Aquarium Divers and Zoo divers to work in reasonably benign confined and open water conditions undertaking underwater maintenance, cleaning, feeding and collection work associated with the running of an aquarium/zoo. The diving work would generally be focused in sheltered or confined waters that does not require any major construction and is undertaken in depths to 20m.

The emphasis of the course is to prepare recreationally trained divers to work safely and effectively as members of an integrated occupational dive team in reasonably controlled environments. Whilst the main emphasis of the course is to introduce the diver to dive using full face masks with effective communications, significant emphasis will also be placed on the risk assessment process associated with diving in the work place.

Applicants are constantly assessed during twelve (12) dives with a minimum of 415  minutes of bottom time.

Applicants assessed as competent in all areas will be awarded the ADAS Aquarium Diver certification and will receive an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Statement of Attainment.

The ADAS Aquarium Diver course dives and theory components are considered for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for any subsequent ADAS course.

Course Standards

This course meets the requirements of:

  • ADAS Occupational SCUBA to 20m (Aquaculture Diver)
  • Partial completion toward Certificate IV in Hyperbaric Operations (General SCUBA diving). National Qualification Code 10133NAT.

Note: If you study at an ADAS training establishment outside of Australia you may not be eligible for this Australian Qualifications Framework certificate. The ADAS licence, however, is issued at all ADAS training establishments.

Student Prerequisites

Before applicants commence ADAS Aquarium diver training, the ATE must ensure that they:

  • Are at least 18 years of age at the commencement of training
  • Are in possession of a valid certificate of medical fitness to dive (see AS/NZS 2299.1) issued, after examination, by a doctor trained and experienced in underwater medicine in accordance with the requirements in AS/NZS 2299.1, and that certification remains valid until the scheduled completion date of the training being undertaken. If the trainee’s health has changed significantly since the medical certificate was issued, the trainee shall seek an appropriate medical review
  • Are able to swim competently

Note: Swimming competence should be demonstrated by the trainee completing a 200m swim on the surface using mask, fins and snorkel while wearing SCUBA equipment and neutrally buoyant within eight minutes, and by the trainee treading water for 10 min while fully clothed (i.e. wearing a long sleeved shirt and long pants)

  • Hold a recognised certificate of recreational diving competence (e.g. an open water sports diver qualification from a recognised SCUBA training organization, or a certificate as a military diver) and demonstrate logged evidence of at least 25 dives undertaken since receiving certification and of which 10 will have been undertaken within 6 months of commencing the ADAS training course
  • Unless Non-English Language (NEL) speaking course arrangements have been made with ADAS, can understand written and verbal communication in English, and can communicate effectively in English with other persons
  • Hold either a recognised current Diver Medic Technician certificate or a current First Aid certificate from an accredited training organization (i.e. has been certified within 3 years of the conclusion of the proposed training program) and CPR and oxygen resuscitation skills must have been refreshed within the 12 month period prior to the conclusion of the training program. The student’s First Aid qualifications must meet the competency requirements of AS/NZS 2299.1 Occupational diving operations standard operational practice.
  • Is able to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, decimals and vulgar fractions; calculate percentages; and transpose and solve simple formulas, eg gas laws.


The following units of competency are to be completed:

  • ADAHYP402A Maintain effective working relationships within dive or hyperbaric operations team
  • FSKNUM14 Calculate with whole numbers and familiar fractions, decimals and percentages for work
  • ADADIV403A Apply knowledge of anatomy , physiology and diving physics to diving
  • ADADIV404A Assess diving casualty and assist with treatment of diving conditions
  • ADADIV405A Work safely as a member of a dive team undertaking diving operations under controlled conditions
  • SISOSCB301A SCUBA dive in open water to a maximum depth of 18 metres
  • ADASCU451A Perform basic underwater tasks and dives in a SCUBA diving operation to 20m
  • Elective: SISOSCB317A Complete a dive using Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx)
  • Elective: ADASSB458A Use enriched air nitrox in occupational diving operations

The following units can also be included in the course structure:

  • ADAHYP401A Work safely in hyperbaric operations
  • BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
  • ADASCU406A Utilise and maintain SCUBA equipment
  • ADASCU407A Undertake pre-dive preparations for a SCUBA diving operation
  • ADASCU408A Undertake underwater deployment in a SCUBA diving operation
  • ADASCU409A Implement emergency procedures for SCUBA
  • ADASCU410A Undertake post-dive procedures for a SCUBA diving operation
  • ADASCU452A Perform basic underwater tasks for a SCUBA diving operation
  • ADADIV453A Perform underwater tasks for a diving operation
  • ADADIV461A Ensure health and safety in occupational diving in compliance with legislation
  • ADADIV462A Work effectively in the occupational diving industry

Delivery & Assessment

The Occupational Scuba to 20M (Aquarium Diver) course is to conducted over a minimum duration of (10) ten days and is to be programmed to meet the training, assessment and administration requirements of the course.

Professional Divers Training Academy (PDTA)

2 Sonia Street, Carrum Downs, VIC, 3201

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