Snorkelling

Relevant documents and forms

 

New Snorkeler Registration Procedures

1. Fill in a Snorkeler Registration Form prior to in-water induction. Log in with your zID and zpass, or for external participants, use this form.

2. Read and ‘declare as read’ the Snorkel Risk Management Form on SafeSys.

Note: if you cannot access this link, please read and sign the pdf version and return to s.evans@unsw.edu.au. 

3. An in-water induction will be carried out by your supervisor or other experienced registered snorkeler. Induction form to be completed and returned to s.evans@unsw.edu.au.

Note: If you have successfully completed a check out dive with the UNSW Dive Safety Officer, you do not have to complete a snorkel induction. However, you must still submit a registration form and read the above RMF.

 

Snorkelling process when going in the field

1. Send a field work notification to bees-fieldwork@unsw.edu.aus.evans@unsw.edu.au, your supervisor, all participants and the call back person. Please check the BEES fieldwork page to access the latest fieldwork notification form and information.

2. Each time you go snorkelling you must complete an Onsite Risk Assessment form before you get in the water. Most of this can be completed before you leave. Check the marine forecast (BOM, Seabreeze, Willy Weather) and cancel if conditions are not appropriate. Check with your supervisor if unsure. Please return these forms to s.evans@unsw.edu.au or, if you have access, leave them in the snorkelling folder in the dive room.

3. If you are planning on collecting any specimens (invertebrates, fish, algae and marine plants) then you must contact fisheries at least 72 hours before you go. Fill out the online form here. You must carry a copy of the BEES collection permit with you and your collecting buckets must be labelled with the permit number. This collection permit does not cover threatened or endangered species or marine parks. Check with your supervisor for more conditions of the permit and collecting.

 

Required Safety Equipment

  • First aid kit kept at the site

    • Snorkelling first aid kits (1 high risk and 1 low risk) are available in the dive room (LG031). 

  • dive flag per group

  • At least 1 dive knife per group

  • An oxygen kit is only needed for high risk snorkelling*

* High-risk snorkelling includes: heavy task loading or strenuous activities, repetitive or deep free diving, moderate to strong currents, wave height greater than 1m, visibility less than 4m, adverse weather conditions, outside daylight hours, remote or offshore locations. If your work qualifies as high risk, you will require prior approval from the Snorkel Safety Officer (Suzy Evans).

 

Required Personal Equipment

  • Wetsuit

  • Mask and Snorkel

  • Booties and Fins (full foot fins without booties are not appropriate)

  • Gloves (compulsory if handling algae and specimens)

  • Hood is recommended but optional.