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ADAS Aquaculture

Get your diving career started in just 4 weeks with the ADAS Aquaculture ticket


4 week ADAS Aquaculture: $6,250 inc GST 

The ADAS Aquaculture course has been developed to combine industry practice and solid, practical training, along with a certification which is internationally recognised, thanks to the collaborative effort of The Underwater Centre, Tasmania, ADAS and the Workplace Standards.  This therefore means that the training you receive will provide you with first-hand, real-life experience of the work you’ll be doing once working in the tuna or salmon farming industry.

The key themes of the course focus on communications, understanding and familiarising you with your equipment and rescues.  You will also gain important experience of the use of hand tools underwater; tying knots and ropes; inspection techniques, using video and stills cameras along with report writing; different types of searches required in which environments; and use of lifting bags and rigging techniques.

Price: $6,250 inc GST 

Certificates Gained

  • ADAS Aquaculture

For more information email us on or call us on +61 3 6383 4844.


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Case Study

Aquaculture DiverADAS Aquaculture

Mark Cate

Mark Cate, a 39-year-old carpenter and joiner from New Norfolk, has taken the plunge into commercial diving and hasn’t looked back. Mark is a part of a growing wave of workers looking to broaden their career horizons in this industry. The reasons for this trend are as many and varied as the people themselves. They include job security, better pay, better hours, more time with the family, a sense of achievement and even the pursuit of adventure. In Mark’s case, when asked what attracted him to work as a diver in the booming aquaculture sector, his response was “I did it for fun” – but he does concede the promise of better pay was also a contributing factor. 

Mark Cate graduated from our ADAS Aquaculture Course. Having recently received funding from Skills Tasmania, we’re now able to provide funded training for an additional 30 people to address the serious shortage of qualified divers across Australia’s fastest growing primary industry: Aquaculture.

On completion of the course, Mark contacted a major salmon producer, was granted an interview, and was soon offered a position. 

A good start to a commercial diving career

“I’ve always been into diving”, says Mark. “I knew that working as a diver in aquaculture could be a good start for a career in commercial diving. I plan to do my Part 2 and 3 eventually, to go offshore, and maybe even look at saturation diving in the future – that really interests me.”

For the past few months, Mark has been performing some essential tasks for the company including the weighting and deweighting of fish cages; as well as running “crowd nets” – a delicate procedure that needs to be carried out correctly to ensure the welfare of the fish before their removal from the pens.

When asked how the new career compares with his previous job, Mark had this to say. “I was self-employed as a builder so, physically, it’s not that different. Salary-wise, it’s probably about the same just at the moment, but I only have to work four days so I get more time with my family. It’s also nice to be employed by someone else, it’s much less stressful!” 

Aquaculture industry growth = diver shortage

According to the National Aquaculture Sector Overview, this industry is “growing each year, and driving the growth has been increasing global demand for fisheries products which the world’s commercial fisheries are increasingly unable to meet.” CSIRO research also supports the growth of the Australian aquaculture industry, putting its annual value at “more than AUS$800 million – accounting for more than one-third of Australia’s total seafood production.”

“There are still more jobs out there as there’s still a shortage of divers in the industry,” says Mark Cate. This may all be food for thought for others out there considering a change. As they say, dive in, the water’s just fine!”


In order to be able to attend our ADAS Aquaculture course you will require the following:

  • Current recognised certificate of recreational diving (e.g. PADI, SSI, NAUI – an open water sports diver qualification from a recognised scuba training organisation or a certificate as a military diver) and demonstrate logged evidence of at least 10 dives undertaken since receiving certification and within 6 months of commencing the ADAS training course;
  • Current recognised Senior or Apply First Aid certificate (First Aid qualifications must meet the competency requirements of HLTFA402C Apply First Aid);
  • Current recognised Oxygen Provision certificate (must meet the competency requirements of national code PUAEME003C Administer oxygen in an emergency situation )
  • Obtain a commercial diving medical – AS2299.1 or HSE (must be in date and cover the full duration of the course – the certificate is to have been issued within 90 days of the commencement of the training);
  • Able to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, decimals and vulgar fractions; calculate percentages; and transpose and solve simple formulas, e.g. gas laws; 
  • Be a competent swimmer – Competence should be demonstrated by the trainee completing a 200m swim on the surface using mask, fins and snorkel while wearing SCUBA equipment and neutrally buoyant within eight minutes and by the trainee treading water for 10 minutes while fully clothed (i.e. wearing a long sleeved shirt and long pants);
  • English Language – It is a requirement that all students attending an ADAS course must have the ability to read and understand written and verbal communications in the English language and make themselves understood using English. To prove your ability ADAS requires all students from non-English speaking countries to undertake Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) testing and certification prior to commencing a course; visit the LLN website to register and for more details
  • Note: Although you are not expected to hold the more advanced certification, Apply Advanced First Aid – HLTFA402B, if you do have this, it will cover all of the ADAS requirements for First Aid and Oxygen provision.
  • All students who undertake nationally recognised training in Australia delivered by a Registered Training Organisation are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). This application process will take a few minutes to complete and is free of charge. For full details of how to obtain a USI, please click here.
  • Further Academic Qualifications. If you are intending to progress into higher level academic courses (e.g. Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Bachelor Degree) please read the attached document with regard the additional option of attaining the VET Certificate in addition to the ADAS certificate as part of your course here at The Underwater Centre.

If you have any concerns or queries regarding the above pre-requisites, or your level of English, please contact our student advisors.

Kit List

You are required to bring the following with you:

  • Overalls/ coveralls
  • Work/ rigger’s gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Ear protectors
  • Hard hat
  • Work / safety boots
  • High visibility vest
  • Personal dive equipment such as wet suit (we recommend 7mm),
  • Dive knife, fins, gloves, mask, dive booties,

We supply all commercial diving equipment for the ADAS Aquaculture course and request that applicants only supply personal dive equipment as detailed above.

During your course, you will also have the following available to you:

  • Course notes
  • Theoretical and practical instruction
  • Transport between training sites
  • Commercial diving equipment (except fins, masks, and wet suits)
  • Commercial diving logbook
  • Tea and coffee

We have a dive shop on site and provide discounts to our students on course for any dive gear/ safety kits required and provide discounts to our students on course.

For more information email us on or call us on +61 3 6383 4844.

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