Diving regulations

Note: Please note that current regulations regarding diving are under review and will change in the near future. Please check with the managers if the rules below still apply.

All SCUBA diving at One Tree Island must be conducted according to the AS/NZS 2299.2:2000. The manual and other USyd diving resources can be accessed here. All visitors will be asked to read the manual and sign that they have done so.

One Tree Island Research Station is not responsible for supervising diving operations at One Tree Island. The resident Safety Officer the Station Manager has the final say as to whether boats can be used with respect to weather, tide and other conditions.

All researchers who choose to dive at One Tree Island must do so with the approval of their home institutional Diving Safety Officer (DSO) and provide supporting documentation (Appendix A - Dive Register). One member of every team must be approved to be the Dive Coordinator by their resident DSO and provide supporting documentation. Dive coordinators will be responsible for the diving activity of their dive teams and must be present at all team dives.

Dive Proposals must be prepared using the standard form given in the manual, which can be obtained here, (Appendix B) with documentation of risk assessment (Appendix D of the same document) and approved by the home institution DSO. When planning repetitive dives at One Tree Island note that the reduced bottom time limits for remote locations, over 6 hours from a decompression chamber, apply (Appendix F). A copy of all approved Dive Plans and diver registration should also be sent to the DSO at the University of Sydney along with the Managers at OTIRS, where it will be kept on file.

All researchers from Australian and New Zealand institutions should be diving according to the standard (AS/NZS 2299.2:2000). Dive teams from institutions which do not have a DSO from their home institution may be required to undergo a check-out procedure with the University of Sydney’s DSO.

Dive teams from outside of Australia will dive under the authority of the University of Sydney and may need to go through a check-out procedure with the University of Sydney’s DSO.
Many overseas divers have scientific diving qualifications which are at the standard (i.e. American Academy of Underwater Scientists). All reciprocity for overseas researches will be granted through the University of Sydney’s DSO.

Evidence of emergency evacuation insurance will also be asked for. OTIRS will not cover the cost of evacuation. It is highly recommended that all visitors have medical travel insurance such as that offered by the Divers Alert Network (DAN).