The occupational diving guidelines are currently under review and an updated version of this guidance will be released later this year. 

If you would like to apply to become a certified occupational diver, please complete our online form.

Role of WorkSafe

The role of WorkSafe in occupational diving is to act as the regulator for ensuring the safe operation of the occupational divers in New Zealand. We do this by:

  • assessing that applicants of Certificates of Competence meet the Health and Safety in Employment Regulations pertaining to occupational diving
  • working with the diving industry to provide good guidance and to improve occupational diving best practice

The Diving Industry Advisory Group

The Diving Industry Advisory Group (DIAG) represents each of the occupational diving sectors in New Zealand and is the conduit between these sectors, hyperbaric experts and WorkSafe New Zealand.

WorkSafe and DIAG work together to identify and reduce preventable injury through adherence to good practice by industry.

For more information, see the DIAG website.(external link)

Technical bulletins

From time to time WorkSafe and DIAG may issue additional guidance to provide in-depth technical information or clarification on specific topics.  These are listed below:

Related documents

For additional documents please go to Working as an Occupational Diver

If you have any questions on occupational diving contact Occdiving@worksafe.govt.nz