Marine Research Diver

The Marine Research Diver (MRD) program has been developed by O.R.C.A to meet the needs of marine industry sectors through a collaborative process involving training organisations, universities, aquariums and wild catch industries. The course covers all the requirements of Work, Health and Safety (WHS), codes of practice and nationally recognised performance criteria. Consultation with industry experts ensured that the program became flexible enough to meet the needs of the various industry organisations.

The MRD program not only up-skills existing workers to be compliant with the industry laws, codes of practice and standards but helps them to obtain entry and employment within specialist marine sectors including fisheries, aquariums, universities and many other areas.

Our training not only ensures you receive Nationally Recognised Training and Statements of Attainment but it ensures safe diving practices, a high level of diver training, competency based assessment and industry contextualised knowledge.

Marine Research Diver is broken into three core levels:

  • MRD Restricted – for entry level divers who will perform basic functions in less than 18 metres of water;
  • MRD Full – for divers who perform more skills or research in water deeper than 18 metres and includes the scientific diving module;
  • MRD SSBA – this is an additional surface supplied diving module for wild catch and research divers who use surface supplied air rather than independent scuba units.
  • Why train with O.R.C.A?

    O.R.C.A. (Ocean Recreation Careers Australasia) is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) run by industry people who understand and collaborate with industry bodies to maintain currency with industry organisational practice. Our trainers and principles all have a strong history in high level education and diver training.

    Our program is an award winning, government accredited program that meets the needs of your industry. MRD has not only been endorsed by industry, accredited by government but we have received an award for ongoing contribution to training and development of the program.

    Mark McCrum’s development and contribution of the program was recognised and awarded a finalist by Skills Service Australia Trainer Excellence Awards 2014.

    Who can enrol in the MRD program?

    Anyone with the desire and medical fitness is eligible to enroll in the course. If you have previous qualifications or dive experience, please ask about the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) options that may be available to you. This includes university, government, wild catch industries and aquarium divers.

    What is a Marine Research Diver?

    • Research or scientific divers engage in an extremely broad range of activities that include many diving skills. Research divers are working or studying divers that generally fall outside the “high risk” category due to the nature of their activities. They are often involved in diving industry areas such as:
    • Aquariums;
    • Universities;
    • Tertiary education centres;
    • Scientific research bodies;
    • Wild Catch industries (Pearl, abalone, crayfish, bêche-de-mer and others);
    • Government bodies, e.g. Parks and wildlife;
    • Dive professionals wishing to diversify.

    These divers perform a range of tasks that until recently were difficult to have recognised under the Vocational Education & Training (VET) system.

    How do we deliver the program?

    This course is conducted via a flexible blended delivery combining:

    • Online learning;
    • Face to face classroom training;
    • Practical in water training including confined and open water sessions.

    The Outcomes

    The Marine Research Diver program has the following skills and knowledge:

    • First aid skills
    • Safety and the use of oxygen therapy;
    • Adherence to WHS policy;
    • Adherence to industry codes of practice;
    • Risk assessments;
    • Risk control methods;
    • Core diving skills;
    • Dive table calculations;
    • Deep diving & planning procedures;
    • Search and recovery skills;
    • Rigging skills;
    • Boat diving and ocean awareness skills;
    • Rescue techniques and skills;
    • The use of surface supply;
    • Methods of communication;
    • Scientific research skills and basic research techniques.

    Further training pathways:

    On the completion of your MRD course, you will have achieved a significant number of units as part of SIS30413 Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation. O.R.C.A can assist you with gap training to achieve this qualification, the SIS40313 Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation and the SIS50310 Diploma of Outdoor Recreation.

    The Process

    • Enrol with O.R.C.A and pay your fees;
    • Obtain your training kit;
    • Complete all home study requirements;
    • Attend the classroom sessions;
    • Attend the in water sessions;
    • Your Instructor will observe and develop your practical skills;
    • Final assessments by your instructor via O.R.C.A;
    • O.R.C.A issues statement of attainment for all units which have been successfully completed.

    For additional information contact or send an inquiry through this website.