Please make yourself familiar with the following station etiquette policies and regulations that are in force at OIRS.
All users are required to be aware of their obligations under the following regulations and agree to comply with those obligations whilst using station facilities.
Access to the northern end of the research station past the station office is restricted due to workplace health and safety regulations, these areas include fuel storage and workshop areas. If you require any tools and equipment from the workshop during your stay please see OIRS staff.
The southern end of Pioneer Bay south of the saltwater pipeline is a rehabilitation zone and extractive research in this area is not permissible. Users are asked to minimise any impact in this zone as much as possible.
All research activities must be conducted under a permit. Copies of these permits must be supplied to OIRS before any activities commence. Types of permits required can include GBRMPA research permits and Fisheries Permits.
See Also: OIRS Permit Collection Form
All research involving animals conducted by university students will require an animal research ethics permit. Copies of these permits must be supplied to OIRS prior to undertaking any research.
All visitors to OIRS undertaking snorkeling, boating or diving activities must be registered on the JCU Register found at https://boatndive.jcu.edu.au/.
Registration takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and requires uploading of all training certificates and licenses as well as service details on dive equipment.
Diving at OIRS falls under the 'scientific diving' classification, which is regulated by law and carried out according to Australian standards and governed by JCU Diving Standards.
Persons intending to undertake diving activities at OIRS must meet the following criteria:
An Australian recognised Occupational diver qualification (AS2815), or internationally recognised dive qualification/s of Divemaster or higher, or a minimum of an AQF Rescue diver (SROSCB007A "Performs Diver Rescues") certification.
Current first aid (<3 years), CPR (<12 months) and Oxygen Provider (<12 months) certificates that are recognized within the Australian Qualification Framework
A Dive Log Book, with dives countersigned, validating a minimum experience of 30+hrs underwater, excluding training dives.
A dive medical certificate to Australian Standard AS 2299 (Occupational Diver) (<12months)
Registration on JCU Dive Register
Approved JCU Dive Plan using DCIM tables
The following diving equipment must be used by each diver:
Wetsuit, mask, snorkel and fins
BCD with oral and power inflation
Quick release dive weights
Diver safety kit: chemical light stick, safety sausage and whistle
Note: Australia, Queensland and JCU regulate diving and boating activities. Requirements for residents and visitors change from time to time and intending visitors should contact the Station for current information.