Dates for Level 1 Coach courses

SA      Level 1 Ocean Snorkel Coach - 4 & 5th Nov 2017

2017.11.04 LEVEL 1 OCEAN PT NOAR SA

VIC    Level 1 Ocean Snorkel Coach to be advised

QLD  Level 1 Ocean Snorkel Coach 2017  - to be advised

NSW Level 1 Ocean Snorkel Coach 2017 - to be advised

WA Level 1 Ocean Snorkel Coach 2017 - to be advised

enquires to AUF NDC

0419 804 685

Code of Practice for Recreational Diving and Snorkelling in QLD

The QLD Government has released the

Recreational Diving
Recreational Technical Diving and
Snorkelling
Code of Practice 2011

The code commences on 1 January 2012.

The code offers advice to persons conducting a business or undertaking that provides recreational diving, recreational technical diving and snorkelling and others, and to the persons for whom recreational diving, recreational technical diving and snorkelling are provided, on how they can make recreational diving, recreational technical diving and snorkelling a healthier and safer activity.

Please see the full document Code of Practice for Recreational Diving and Snorkelling.

Spearsafe Media Release on Project Funding

Major boost for underwater safety

The Australian Underwater Federation (AUF) is responsible for "Bringing sport, conservation and awareness to the underwater world" and we are delighted with a recent grant from the Queensland Government to increase the safety of spearfishers, skindivers and snorkellors in Queensland waters.
The total grant is for $27377.00 and comprises three components

  • Printing and Distribute Safe Spearfishing DVD $8200.00
  • Review and rewrite training modules.  $18,000
  • Print and distribute safety brochures $1177.00

Luke Randall is Queensland Chair of the AUF Spearfishing Commission and has survived a serious accident of being run?over by a boat while spearfishing at the Gold Coast in 2006.  "I am fortunate to have survived a nasty accident and pleased that this grant will improve safety forother spearfishers and snorkellors as this grant will make a huge difference to improving safety training and communication" said MrRandall.

A national "Spear Safe" committee has been set up to increase safety of spearfishing and freediving and the focus of this committee includesregular meetings, articles, DVD, website, risk assessment, stickers. "I am pleased that the Queensland AUF will work closely with ournational, NSW, Vic, SA and WA volunteers to make a positive difference" said Mr Randall.

" I delighted that the Queensland Government has recognised the importance role of the AUF Queensland and our vision and commitmentto improve safety for all participants. The review of training modules will focus on spearfishing and snorkelling but will also include otherunderwater sports played in swimming pools such as Underwater hockey" said Judy Breeze, Executive Director, AUF Queensland.

Download the full media release.

 

Simple safety tips for safe diving

  1. Tow a diver (blue and white) flag and float to increase visibility
  2. Knife to prevent entanglement
  3. Weight belt with quick release buckle
  4. Never load speargun out of water and cover speartips
  5. Tell someone where you are going
  6. Dive with a buddy
  7. Do a risk assessment of conditions (weather, visibility, boat traffic, marine life)
  8. Never hyperventilate and dive within your limits