Incident Alert- Snorkelling fatalities (22/12/2014)
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is investigating a number of deaths that have occurred in recent weeks during recreational snorkelling operations.
While no AUSI facility was involved, AUSI reminds Professionals of their obligations to follow their Standards and Procedures when conducting Snorkelling Operations. Please also note AUSI procedures regarding Accident Reporting, available in the AUSI Procedures Section 2.
Worksafe Queensland has produced a Guide for Snorkelling Workers. All AUSI facilities should follow this guide in addition to all AUSI standards and procedures regarding Snorkel Diving and Snorkel Swimming.
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AUSI has moved, so please use this address for all forms and correspondence:
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Frequently Asked Questions
What does AUSI stand for?
AUSI stands for Associated Underwater Scuba Instructors, our internationals trading name. In Australia, our registered company name is Australian Underwater Scuba Instructors Proprietary Limited.
Is AUSI recognised by other certification agencies?
AUSI is recognised by all the leading Scuba Dive training organisations. AUSI was formally recognised under the National Scuba Qualification Commission in the early 1990’s. Further, AUSI is represented on the Standards Australia Recreational Scuba Committee.
In Australia, Col McKenzie (then of SSI) wrote 22 November 1994: "SSI members will accept all AUSI certification levels and cards." and 27 April 1995 "SSI Australia has always accepted AUSI certification cards at all levels."
Is AUSI an Accredited Training Agency?
AUSI is one of only six Accredited Training Agencies officially recognised by the Commonwealth of Australia (Australian Govenment) to define the standardsand procedures for training in Snorkel or Scuba (Refer SROSNK001A for snorkelling. Refer SROSCB001A for Scuba).
What does Annual Renewal for AUSI Scuba Divers refer to?
In the past AUSI had a policy of annual renewal for newly certified divers. This policy was changed in 2005 and AUSI now issues open dated certification cards however, AUSI strongly suggests that certified divers undergo a refresher course if they have not dived in the past six months or if they have lost confidence.
What does the term “current” mean in reference to prerequisites or certification requirements?
Current refers to diving medicals, first aid certificates, CPR certificates and oxygen provider certificates, where current means that these certificates are valid for five years or as required by local authorities. AUSI strongly recommends that scuba divers should seek a medical opinion from a doctor trained in diving medicine before resuming scuba diving if they have suffered a serious illness, serious injury or suffered Decompression Illness.
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