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.
This course meets the requirements of:
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.
Before applicants commence ADAS Part 1 training, the ATE must ensure that they:
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)
The following units of competency are to be completed:
The following units can also be included in the course structure:
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.