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Course Overview

The course covers activities and competencies required for the training and accreditation of dive supervisors who are required to supervise diving work safely and competently using either SCUBA to 30 metres, or surface supplied breathing equipment to depths down to 50 metres, in accordance with AS/NZS 2299.1:2015 and AS 2815.5. It should be noted that there are five separate qualifications under the onshore supervisors qualification scheme:

  • Diving Supervision – Aquarium;
  • Diving Supervision – Occupational SCUBA to 30m (Part 1);
  • Diving Supervision – Aquaculture;
  • Diving Supervision – SSBA to 30m (Part 2); and
  • Diving Supervision – SSBA to 50m (Part 3).

The core modules from the Diving Supervision – SSBA to 50m (Part 3) course also form part of the training requirements needed to become an Offshore Trainee Supervisor.

The training and assessment course concentrates on diver-related theory in a supervisory context and it includes consideration of the theory, background knowledge and practical skills of on-site diving supervision. It pays special attention to the fundamental responsibilities of a supervisor under relevant OHS/WHS law, particularly hazard identification and risk assessment, and the management of diving emergencies. The course also includes assessment of the planning and supervision of actual dives and communication with actual dive teams.

Course Standards

This course meets the requirements of:

  • AS/NZS2815.5
  • Aquarium Supervisor: Partial completion of Diploma of Hyperbaric Operations (Diving supervision). National Qualification Code 10181NAT;
  • Aquaculture Supervisor: Partial completion of Diploma of Hyperbaric Operations (Diving supervision). National Qualification Code 10181NAT;
  • SCUBA to 30m Supervisor: Partial completion of Diploma of Hyperbaric Operations (Diving supervision). National Qualification Code 10181NAT.
  • SSBA to 30m Supervisor: Partial completion of Diploma of Hyperbaric Operations (Diving supervision). National Qualification Code 10181NAT.
  • SSBA to 50m Supervisor: Partial completion of Diploma of Hyperbaric Operations (Advanced diving supervision). National Qualification Code 10181NAT.

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

Student Prerequisites

Before applicants commence ADAS Onshore Supervisor training, the ATE must ensure that they:

  • Are trained as a diver to a level equal to or exceeding that specified in AS 2815.1, AS 2815.2, or AS 2815.3 , as appropriate. If the applicant’s qualification has not been current for a period of five (5) years or more, the candidate must (prior to commencing training) make application to ADAS for approval to undertake training. That application is to demonstrate the student’s current competency and proficiency in the diving industry equal to or exceeding that which would be expected of a current diver to that level. Only upon receiving written confirmation from ADAS is the student to commence training;
  • Comply with the stream specific diving experience requirements.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate sufficient maturity, leadership and management skills through supply of a letter of suitability for training as a dive supervisor provided by a recognized diving employer. If the student is self employed, the student should seek evidence from alternative sources within the community who can provide credible evidence of the applicant’s level of maturity, leadership capability and management skills. This evidence should then be assessed by the relevant ADAS Training and Assessment Manager (ATAM). If any doubt exists to the suitability of the applicant the matter should be referred to ADAS.
  • Demonstrate sufficient operational experience over a range of diving operations, environments, tasks and equipment representative of those likely to be supervised in the future (for example surface support experience of 100 hours tending, compressor operations and maintenance, log keeping, standby diver, panel operation, air testing etc.). This must be support by a formal letter of verification, on a letterhead from a recognised employer of divers (reference ADAS Form Letter).
  • 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.

The following steam-specific pre-requisites are in addition to those listed above.

Diving Supervision – Aquarium

As a minimum, the candidate should present logged evidence of 100 logged SCUBA dives and 75 hours of logged bottom time on SCUBA gained over at least twelve (12) months.

Diving Supervision – Occupational SCUBA to 30m (Part 1)

As a minimum, the candidate should present logged evidence of 100 logged SCUBA dives and 75 hours of logged bottom time on SCUBA gained over at least twelve (12) months.

Diving Supervision – Aquaculture

As a minimum, the candidate should present logged evidence of 100 logged dives and 75 hours logged bottom time during Aquaculture dives that include a range of SSBA dives involving current and varied sea states across the range of depths to 30 metres gained over at least twelve (12) months.

Diving Supervision – SSBA to 30m (Part 2)

As a minimum, the candidate should present logged evidence of 100 logged dives and 75 hours logged bottom time during occupational dives that include a broad range of SSBA dives involving zero and limited visibility, salt and fresh water, current and varied sea states across the range of depths to 30 metres gained over at least twelve (12) months.

Diving Supervision – SSBA to 50m (Part 3)

As a minimum, the candidate should present logged evidence of 100 logged dives and 75 hours logged bottom time during occupational SSBA dives that include a broad range of high complexity dives involving decompression diving, deep diving (in the range 30 – 50m), dives involving compression chambers and additional specialist equipment such as hot water suits and ancillary service equipment gained over at least twelve (12) months.

Competencies

Aquarium Supervisor

Competencies for this course include:

  • ADASUP501A Manage people in diving or hyperbaric operations
  • BSBRSK401 Identify risk and apply risk management processes
  • ADASUP502A Implement and monitor occupational health and safety programs in hyperbaric operations
  • ADASUP503A Undertake role of the dive supervisor
  • ADASUP504A Apply knowledge of diving physics and physiology and perform associated calculations
  • ADASUP505A Manage diving illnesses and medical emergencies
  • ADASUP506A Manage risk associated with dive operations
  • ADASUP507A Conduct dive operations
  • ADASUP508A Plan dive operations
  • ADASUP509A Implement plant, equipment and maintenance procedures
  • Elective: ADASUP524A Supervise enriched air nitrox diving

Occupational SCUBA to 30m (Part 1)

Competencies for this course include:

  • ADASUP501A Manage people in diving or hyperbaric operations
  • BSBRSK401 Identify risk and apply risk management processes
  • ADASUP502A Implement and monitor occupational health and safety programs in hyperbaric operations
  • ADASUP503A Undertake role of the dive supervisor
  • ADASUP504A Apply knowledge of diving physics and physiology and perform associated calculations
  • ADASUP505A Manage diving illnesses and medical emergencies
  • ADASUP506A Manage risk associated with dive operations
  • ADASUP507A Conduct dive operations
  • ADASUP508A Plan dive operations
  • ADASUP509A Implement plant, equipment and maintenance procedures
  • Elective: ADASUP524A Supervise enriched air nitrox diving

Aquaculture

All of the Part 1 competencies plus:

  • ADASUP525A Supervise aquaculture diving

SSBA to 30m (Part 2)

All of the Part 1 competencies plus:

  • ADASUP511A Supervise use of tools in a dive operation

SSBA to 50m (Part 3)

All of the Part 1 & Part 2 competencies plus:

  • ADASUP510A Supervise on site chamber operations
  • ADADMT427A Administer oxygen in hyperbaric chambers and in general emergencies
  • Elective: ADASUP524A Supervise enriched air nitrox diving
  • Elective: ADASUP527A Supervise use of mixed gas in dive operations

Delivery & Assessment

The training and assessment course concentrates the theory, background knowledge and practical skills of onsite diving supervision. It pays special attention to the fundamental responsibilities of a supervisor under Australian OHS/WHS law, particularly hazard identification and risk assessment and the management of diving emergencies.

Assessment for each supervisor applicant must include the following.

Aquarium

Comprehensive assessment of knowledge of common theory and practical assessments of Aquaculture supervision to include all aspects of the conduct of Aquaculture diving, including underwater maintenance, cleaning, feeding and collection work associated with the running of an aquarium.

Occupational SCUBA to 30m (Part 1)

Comprehensive assessment of knowledge of common theory and practical assessments of SCUBA supervision to include all aspects of the conduct of Part 1 diving, including establishing the dive site, briefing and debriefing, dive site and emergency management.

Aquaculture

Comprehensive assessment of knowledge of common theory plus Part 2 top-up theory (SSBA/aquaculture-specific, including SSBA equipment and maintenance, aquaculture tool safety) and practical assessments of SSBA supervision to include all aspects of the conduct of Aquaculture diving, including establishing the dive site, briefing and debriefing, dive site and emergency management.

SSBA to 30m (Part 2)

Comprehensive assessment of knowledge of common theory plus Part 2 top-up theory (SSBA-specific, including SSBA equipment and maintenance, pneumatic and hydraulic tool safety, construction techniques) and practical assessments of SSBA supervision to include all aspects of the conduct of Part 2 diving, including establishing the dive site, briefing and debriefing, dive site and emergency management.

SSBA to 50m (Part 3)

Comprehensive assessment of knowledge of common theory, plus Part 2 top-up and Part 3 theory (including chamber operation, offshore awareness, tools, SurDO2 and hot water suits), and practical assessments of the supervision of SCUBA and SSBA (to include all aspects of the conduct of Parts 2 and 3 diving, especially chamber supervision, in water and surface decompression, and diving emergency management including dives over 30 metres), establishing the dive site, briefing and debriefing, and dive site and emergency management.

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