Occupational diving guidelines

This page provides guidelines for people wishing to be an occupational diver.

The guidelines give advice on the requirements for occupational diving and those seeking to work underwater. It includes information about Certificates of Competence, medical clearances to dive, equipment and safety procedures.

Guidelines for occupational diving  (PDF 198 KB)

Please read this guidance in conjunction with all relevant industry standards that apply to you as a PCBU or an occupational diver. This guidance will be progressively reviewed and either updated, replaced with other guidance, or revoked.

It is not the intention that these guidelines will repeat technical or operational standards information in depth. Such information is readily available in documents held by the different sectors of the industry. It is expected that those relevant Standards will be referred to for specific guidance by those involved in occupational diving to ensure excellent work practices are carried out in all occupational diving activities.

Role of WorkSafe

The role of WorkSafe in occupational diving is to act as the regulator for ensuring the safe operation of the occupational divers in New Zealand. We do this by:

  • assessing that applicants of Certificates of Competence meet the Health and Safety in Employment Regulations pertaining to occupational diving
  • working with the diving industry to provide good guidance and to improve occupational diving best practice

The Diving Industry Advisory Group

The Diving Industry Advisory Group (DIAG) represents each of the occupational diving sectors in New Zealand and is the conduit between these sectors, hyperbaric experts and WorkSafe New Zealand.

DIAG’s primary purpose is to identify and reduce incidences of preventable injury through improved communications between the occupational diving sector and the regulator. DIAG and WorkSafe drive the adherence to good practice by industry.

Diving Industry Advisory Group formed (PDF 52 KB)

Related documents

Scientific diving training requirements (PDF 174 KB)

For additional documents please go to Working as an Occupational Diver

If you have any questions on occupational diving contact Occdiving@worksafe.govt.nz