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New User Registration

We are here to facilitate and support your boating and diving activities. To be eligible to access UQ vessels and dive with UQ, you must become a registered user. To register, please email any UQ Boating and Diving Officer, with copies of the required qualifications and certificates. 

  • Boating Qualifications – What you need

    Boats used for research and education are commercial vessels and masters and crew must be suitably qualified and inducted for each vessel.

    Minimum qualifications for the master of a vessel are:

    A certificate of competency as a coxswain is required for vessels 7.5m and over in length.

  • Boating Qualifications – How to get them

    Recreational Marine Drivers Licence

    For information how to obtain a Recreational Marine Driver’s Licence or find a BoatSafe training provider, please refer to the Queensland Transport website.

    Marine Radio Operators VHF Certificate of Proficiency (MROVCP)

    We can help UQ staff and students who are interested in obtaining their radio operators licence.

    The Central Boating and Diving Facility staff will invigilate the exam for the MROVCP on behalf of the Office of Maritime Communication, Australian Maritime College. We will organise the exam papers, ensure the exam is conducted in accordance the guidelines, provide a passport photo if you don’t have one and send off the completed exam.

    Self-guided study using the VHF Radio Operators Handbook and AMC revision questions has been shown to be a very effective method of exam preparation for most people. For more information visit the AMC website where you can access the handbook and practice questions.

    Please email to book your exam. Please note that three weeks are required to apply for and receive the examination material, and the certificate may take up to three weeks for AMC to process it. Staff at the Boating and Diving Facility can also invigilate exams for the Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency if required.

    First Aid and CPR

    There are a range of options for obtaining first aid and CPR certification, find a provider near you or ask within your School when the next course will be offered. 

    Already qualified and want to access our boats? Visit our Vessel Hire page and discuss the relevant vessel inductions with our Boating and Diving Officer.

  • Diving Qualifications – What you need

    We are here to facilitate and support your diving activities. Please note, scuba diving for research in Australia is classified as Occupational diving and as such, has minimum qualifications.

    Supervised Diving

    These qualifications will permit you to dive under the direct in-water supervision of a scientific scuba diver for a limited period of time

    Minimum qualifications for supervised diving at UQ:

    • Advanced or higher recreational diving certification
    • Occupational diving medical to AS 2299
    • Log Book demonstrating 15 hours of scuba diving
    • Apply First Aid
    • Oxygen provider and CPR certificate or Advanced Resuscitation certificate.

    Scientific Diving

    These qualifications will permit you to dive with less restrictions and be a dive supervisor on research dive trips.

    Minimum qualifications for scientific diving at UQ:

    • ADAS accreditation as a Scientific Scuba Diver
    • Occupational diving medical to AS 2299
    • Apply First Aid
    • Oxygen provider and CPR certificate or Advanced Resuscitation certificate.

    If you meet these requirements, register as a new diver and arrange an induction with a Boating and Diving Officer.

  • Diving Qualifications – How to get them

    Recreational

    The University of Queensland is not a provider of recreational diver training. Search online for recognised training organisations to assist you in obtaining your recreational diver certification. 

    Scientific Diver

    The Central Boating & Diving facility offers an internationally recognised Scientific Dive Course (ADAS Part 1R Scientific Scuba to 30m). 

    The intense three week dive course is run 2-3 times per year based on demand. The course provides an entry level set of knowledge and skills sufficient to mitigate the risks of diving using scuba for scientific diving work using open-circuit scuba in environments without significant environmental or task hazards. Students will learn about diving physics and physiology; recognition, prevention and first aid for diving illnesses; safe occupational diving procedures; use and user maintenance of diving equipment; and diving with oxygen enriched air (Nitrox).

    After some initial pool sessions with full-face masks, the majority of the in-water training is held at a decommissioned quarry. Students will learn a range of dive skills for occupational diving, including tools, effective searches, use of small lift bags and diver rescue skills in some challenging conditions up to 30 meters depth. Where the weather conditions permit, diving will also be undertaken at sites near and outside Moreton Bay for diving practice from small vessels, video and photographic surveys, navigation and searches for organisms.  

    The Scientific Scuba Diving fact sheet provides more in depth information on course pre-requisites, equipment, cancellation and refund policy, and accommodation.

    Occupational diving medical to AS 2299

    To prevent injury and ensure you are medically fit to dive, an occupational diving medical to AS 2299.1 must be passed every year.  A number of clinics within Brisbane and around Australia can assist you.  Please refer to the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society website or contact the Boating and Diving Officer if you need help in finding a provider.

    First Aid and CPR

    There are a range of options for obtaining first aid and CPR certification, find a provider near you or ask within your School when the next course will be offered.

    Qualified to dive and registered with us? Submit your Dive Plan.