Dive Team Size
The number of people in the dive team will depend on the risk assessment which must take account of the:
- diving method;
- nature of the work;
- depth of the dive;
- diving plant and equipment being used; and
- number of hours being worked per day.
Sufficient personnel should be available to carry out the diving operation safely and to operate plant and equipment. Additional people may also be required to operate any boats and to assist in emergencies.
Within the diving industry the following is considered best practice for inland diving and inshore diving in benign conditions:
For tethered SCUBA or Surface Supplied Diving the minimum team is four people - a dive supervisor, a working diver, a standby diver and a diver’s tender. Additional personnel may also be required based on the risk assessment.
For free SCUBA, the minimum team is three people - a dive supervisor who also acts as a diver’s tender, a working diver and an in water standby diver. Additional personnel may also be required based on the risk assessment.