Course Overview

SSBA to 30m (Part 2) is a progressive step from Occupational SCUBA to 30 metres and introduces the use of surface-supplied breathing apparatus as the basis for underwater construction activities. This significantly increases the diver’s ability to operate under working situations. The course includes the use of welding and cutting equipment, pneumatic and hydraulic tools, salvage equipment, air and water dredging equipment, construction tools and other work related subjects to meet on shore diving industry requirements.

Course Standards

The course meets the requirements of:

  • AS 2815.2 – Air Diving to 30 metres.
  • Certificate IV in Hyperbaric Operations (Surface-supplied diving to 30m). National Qualification Code 10133NAT.

Note: If you study at an ADAS training establishment outside of Australia you may not be eligible for this Australian Qualifications Framework certificate. The ADAS licence, however, is issued at all ADAS training establishments.

Student Prerequisites

Before applicants commence ADAS SSBA to 30m training, the ATE must ensure that they:

  • Hold either a current ADAS Part 1 qualification or approved equivalent, have qualified at an ADAS Part 1 course in the previous one month or are currently engaged in a integrated Part 1 – 2 or Part 1 – 3 course
  • Hold either a recognised current Diver Medic Technician certificate or a current First Aid certificate from an accredited training organization (i.e. has been certified within 3 years of the conclusion of the proposed training program) and CPR and oxygen resuscitation skills must have been refreshed within the 12 month period prior to the conclusion of the training program. The student’s First Aid qualifications must meet the competency requirements of AS/NZS 2299.1 Occupational diving operations standard operational practice.
  • Are in possession of a valid certificate of medical fitness to dive (see AS/NZS 2299.1) issued, after examination, by a doctor trained and experienced in underwater medicine in accordance with the requirements in AS/NZS 2299.1, and that certification remains valid until the scheduled completion date of the training being undertaken. If the applicants’ health has changed significantly since the medical certificate was issued, the applicant shall seek an appropriate medical review.
  • Unless Non-English Language (NEL) speaking course arrangements have been made with ADAS, can understand written and verbal communication in English, and can communicate effectively in English with other persons.
  • Is able to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, decimals and vulgar fractions; calculate percentages; and transpose and solve simple formulas, eg gas laws.


The following units of competency are completed:

  • ADAHYP401A Work safely in hyperbaric operations
  • ADAHYP402A Maintain effective working relationships within dive or hyperbaric operations team
  • FSKNUM14 Calculate with whole numbers and familiar fractions, decimals and percentages for work
  • BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
  • ADADIV403A Apply knowledge of anatomy , physiology and diving physics to diving
  • ADADIV404A Assess diving casualty and assist with treatment of diving conditions
  • ADASSB411A Utilise and maintain surface-supplied diving equipment
  • ADASSB412A Undertake pre-dive preparations for a surface-supplied diving operation
  • ADASSB413A Undertake underwater deployment in a surface-supplied diving operation
  • ADASSB414A Implement emergency procedures for a surface-supplied diving operation
  • ADASSB415A Undertake post-dive procedures for a surface-supplied diving operation
  • ADACON416A Perform underwater work with powered tools
  • ADACON417A Perform underwater work using cutting and welding
  • ADACON418A Perform underwater construction work tasks
  • ADACON419A Identify basic safety and statutory requirements for underwater explosives work
  • ADADIV453A Perform underwater tasks for a diving operation
  • ADADIV461A Ensure health and safety in occupational diving in compliance with legislation
  • ADADIV462A Work effectively in the occupational diving industry
  • Elective: SISOSCB317A Complete a dive using Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx)
  • Elective: ADASSB458A Use enriched air nitrox in occupational diving operations

Delivery & Assessment

Part 2 certification subsumes and requires Part 1 certification. The Part 2 SSBA course can be conducted separate to or amalgamated with Part 1 SCUBA training.

The ADAS SSBA Diver to 30 metres (Part 2) course is to have a minimum duration of four (4) weeks. That is a minimum of twenty course (20) days are to be programmed to meet the training, assessment and administration requirements of the course.

This course is to prepare divers for work in the construction diving industry. The emphasis of the course must be the exposure of occupational scuba divers to:

  • work safely and effectively as members of a construction dive team
  • the use of band masks, demand helmets and lightweight full face masks using underwater communications
  • safely use a variety of pneumatic and hydraulic power tools
  • successfully achieve a variety of demanding underwater construction and inspection and survey tasks.

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