AEDs required in 2018 QLD Diving and Snorkelling Code of Practice

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


In an update to our article in August on changes to the Snorkelling Code that required "all reef tourist vessels" to carry an AED, the Queensland Government has widened the scope well beyond the reef to include any Recreational Snorkelling, Recreational Diving and Recreational Technical Diving in Queensland as a business or undertaking outside of a swimming pool.

Released last week, the "Recreational Diving, Recreational Technical Diving and Snorkelling Code of Practice 2018" now states that:

The person conducting the business or undertaking should ensure that an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and trained operator is available on the vessel or readily accessible at the dive or snorkel site (for example, located on the primary vessel, on the dive pontoon, or for shore-based snorkelling, on the shore or in a close by location).
In circumstances where an operator determines it is not reasonably practicable to provide an AED (for example, a small vessel), a documented risk assessment should describe all the matters considered in making this determination.
The AED should be located in an area that is known to all staff, clearly visible and readily accessible. The device should be clearly signed and maintained according to the manufacturer's specifications.

Download the full document now: Recreational Diving, Recreational Technical Diving and Snorkelling Code of Practice 2018.

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