Boating and Diving Guidelines and Procedures
All fieldwork, including boating and diving, conducted at the University of Queensland should comply with the University guidelines.
All UQ vessels must be operated in accordance with the vessel's safety management system. Masters and crew must be suitably qualified and inducted for each vessel.
Minimum qualifications for the master of a vessel under 6m in length used for genuine scientific purpose are:
- Valid state issued Recreational Marine Drivers Licence
- Current Apply First Aid and CPR
- Marine Radio Operators (VHF) Certificate of Proficiency (where VHF radio fitted)
A certificate of competency as a coxswain valid for the area of operation is required for vessels over 6m in length, and for use other than genuine scientific purpose.
Persons who have worked on University vessels for more than 180 days are required to complete Occupational Health and Safety at Sea.
Risk assessments for the work being conducted from the vessel must be completed and approved by the user's supervisor.
In addition to the ships log, the daily boating and diving safety record must be completed for all trips from Moreton Bay Research Station and St Lucia.
Daily Boating and Diving Safety Record
Scuba and Snorkelling
All scuba and snorkelling activities shall be conducted according the the Diving Policy and Procedures