Qualification Levels

Listed below are the explanations showing the capabilities and limitations of each FAUI qualification level.

SCUBA DIVER

At this standard, a diver is considered competent to Scuba dive in open water as one of a group, but has not been trained in dive leadership. The FAUI Scuba diver award is the preliminary course in Scuba leading to certification. This award has been developed to allow a Scuba diver to dive in open water under reasonable conditions as one of a buddy pair of similarly trained divers. The award does not entail dive leadership aspects but a Scuba diver should be sufficiently well trained in dive planning to act as a senior buddy. Throughout the course, snorkelling skills, Scuba skills and fitness are continually enhanced to give a well rounded watermanship ability. It is strongly recommended that instructors consult the FAUI Scuba Diver Instruction Manual for course outlines and lesson plans.  This outlines a suitable progression for Scuba instruction for any age group from fourteen years to adult. Scuba Divers are certified to dive up to 20m, no dive is to exceed 20m.

ADVANCED SCUBA

This diver award indicates an advanced degree of continuing education in the field of scuba diving skills relevant to Australian diving conditions and demonstrates that the holder has the ability to undertake more ambitious diving than an entry level scuba diver. The FAUI Advanced Diver Award is designed primarily as a programme for newly trained and inexperienced Scuba Divers to gain further experience in a wider range of situations than would be normally encountered in an entry level diving course. The emphasis of the programme is on enjoyment while experiencing new facets of Diving. Because the theory content of the Advanced Scuba Diver award is kept to a minimum and there need not be a formal written examination, this programme is ideal for those wishing to merely enhance their skills and confidence in the water. The Advanced Scuba Diver award is an excellent revision programme for divers who have been inactive for a long period of time. The programme offers an opportunity to revise dive planning while at the same time conducting several dives with a qualified instructor. Advanced Scuba Divers are certified to dive up to 30m, no dive is to exceed 30m.

DEEP DIVER

The FAUI Deep Diver Award is designed to provide the diver with the necessary skills and knowledge for diving to depths of up to 40 metres.

DIVER LIFESAVER

The FAUI Diver Lifesaver Award is designed to train divers in lifesaving and conventional diver rescue techniques. Included are both water and dry resuscitation, release techniques, accident management, and assisted in-water tows. The programme concentrates on the recognition and first aid treatment of injuries and diver related sicknesses, and physiology, particularly related to respira­tion and circulation.

NIGHT DIVER

The FAUI Night Diver course is designed to train divers in the principles of safe enjoyable night diving. This assessment guide is designed to assist instructors with interpreting the Night Diver standard and to give guidance when applying this standard. Generally the standard is self explanatory and the instructor should have few problems with interpretation.

 
 

WRECK DIVER (SPECIALTY COURSE)

This gives a specialist courses which are of a continuing educational nature and provide further general interest areas for the scuba diver. To give specialist knowledge to divers who wish to explore open and semi closed wrecks to depths of 30 metres.

 
 

UNDERWATER NATURALIST (SPECIALTY COURSE)

This level provides details of specialist courses which are of a continuing educational nature and provide further general interest areas for the scuba diver. To further the diver’s education regarding observations of underwater animals and plants and their inter-relationships.

 
 

UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER (SPECIALTY COURSE)

This award provides details of specialist courses which are of a continuing educational nature and provide further general interest areas for the scuba diver. To further the diver’s education regarding observations of underwater animals and plants and their inter-relationships. To train divers in the basic techniques of underwater photography.

EQUIPMENT SPECIALIST

The FAUI Equipment specialist is designed to provide training in the technical aspects of basic sports diving, scuba, and other associated equipment to facilitate minor on-site repair and maintenance. This assessment guide is designed to assist instructors with interpreting the Equipment Specialist standard and to give guidance when applying this standard. Generally the standard IS self explanatory and the instructor should have few problems with its interpretation.

RECOVERY DIVER

The FAUI Recovery Diver Award has been designed as a general interest course in the basic techniques of underwater search and minor salvage. This assessment guide is designed to assist instructors with interpreting the Recovery Diver Standard and to give guidance when applying this standard. Generally the standard is self explanatory and the instructor should have few problems with its interpretation.

MASTER DIVER

This award provides details of those specialist courses which are required specifically for the FAUI Master Diver Standard. It also outlines the requirements for the instruction and examination of those course.

The FAUI Master Diver Qualification is made up of five separate specialty courses. These courses are referred to as Master Diver “Core Units” and include :

Night Diver

Recovery  Diver

Deep Diver

Diver Lifesaver

DIVE MASTER

This award provides details of the instruction and examination requirements for the FAUI Divemaster Standard. This is the highest diver award in the FAUI qualification system and at this standard a diver is considered competent to plan and conduct dives and dive excursions. Advanced divemaster is the standard required for the commencement of instructor training.

This assessment guide is designed to assist Instructors with interpreting the Divemaster Standard and to give guidance when applying this standard. Generally the standard is self explanatory and the Instructor should have few problems with its interpretation.

This qualification is a pre-requisite for Instructor training, and is the qualification required by many authorities for their diving officers and the desirable standard for those clubs who are responsible for safe diving or those responsible for diving excursions. Consequently, instruction and examination must be exemplary, with properly planned sessions, adequate training aids and equipment and facilities of a standard reflecting the level of diving involved.

SCUBA ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

SCUBA INSTRUCTOR

MASTER INSTRUCTOR

COURSE DIRECTOR