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Employ air-lift devices underwater

Assessment tool

Version 1.0
Issue Date: February 2019

As agreed in the creation of this Training Package, applications for units transferred from the PUA00 Public Safety Training Package will be developed as part of continuous improvement plans, and taking into account the change in Unit of Competency format as detailed in templates for Streamlined Training Packages.

This unit covers the competency required to move submerged objects using air-lift devices (i.e. bags).

The unit includes selecting and inspecting the bags appropriate to the lift, securing the bags to the object and inflating the bags to the required buoyancy in order to manoeuvre the object under control. Attention must be given to safety of other divers and nearby vessels and/or structures during work, as well as consideration for the environment.

Note: This Unit of Competency relates, in part, to the existing standards of the Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme (ADAS). All information was correct at the time of development of this Unit of Competency; however, any diver seeking ADAS accreditation should consult ADAS and not rely on the information contained in this unit.

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DEFDV001B Dive using self contained underwater breathing apparatus in open water to 30 metres.

DEFDV016B Perform underwater rigging work.

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Evidence Required

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Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

Assessment must confirm the ability to attend to personal and collective safety; and to consider the environmental impact as part of the dive plan.

Consistency in performance

Competency should be demonstrated during the following airlift operations with manually inflated airbags:

1 x vertical lift to surface

lift distance – at least 5 metres (object must breach surface)

depth – between 5 to 20 metres

weight – at least 250 kg

1 x lateral lift

lateral distance – at least 10 metres

depth – between 5 to 20 metres

weight – at least 250 kg.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Context of assessment

Competency should be assessed in the ocean.

When practicable, assessment should relate to the diver’s vocational focus.

Specific resources for assessment

Access to a complete range of diving, safety and accessory equipment; airlift equipment; and submerged objects.

Submission Requirements

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Assessment Tasks

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This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.

Required Skills

check equipment

control neutrally buoyant objects

inflate air-lift bags

inspect equipment for serviceability and functionality


rig equipment

Required Knowledge

characteristics and employment of air-lift bags

determination of mass of submerged objects

dive equipment

dive physics

general occupational/diving safety awareness

marine hazards


relevant references and Australian Standards

The Range Statement relates to the Unit of Competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording in the Performance Criteria is detailed below.

Load metrics may include:

centre of gravity



lift points


Worksite data may include:






Selecting, inspecting and preparing air-lift bags may include:

checking attachment lines and points

inspecting the neck

inspecting the outer skin

test fill

Action to remove/reduce the risk may include:

erecting signage

using patrol/sentry craft

Effectively controlling the object's movement may include:

both lateral and vertical adjustments

Environmental impact may include:

contamination of surrounding water (e.g. leaking oil)

physical damage to reef and associated floor eco-systems (e.g. coral)

visual pollution of waste material (e.g. concrete and metal parts)

De-servicing may include:


logging work details into equipment logs


washing in fresh water

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Observation Checklist

Tasks to be observed according to workplace/college/TAFE policy and procedures, relevant legislation and Codes of Practice Yes No Comments/feedback
Load metrics and worksite data are determined and analysed to determine the specific requirements for the air-lift bags. 
Work plan is developed consistent with the dive plan. 
Air-lift bags are selected, inspected and prepared. 
Air-lift bags are secured safely to/from the dive site. 
Access obstructions and other hazards are assessed and action is taken to remove/reduce the risk. 
Air-lift bags are secured to the object's lift point/s. 
A work-safe area is established and the location and safety of divers is confirmed prior to commencing the lift. 
Air-lift bags are inflated and adjusted to control buoyancy. 
Movement of the object is effectively controlled. 
Environmental impact arising from the work task is minimised and waste products are recovered . 
Air-lift bags are de-rigged from the object. 
Air-lift bags are de-serviced and stored for re-use. 


Assessment Cover Sheet

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