Queensland has Australia’s largest recreational diving and snorkelling sector, which means Queensland has the highest rate of fatalities – 10 between July and December last year. However, Queensland is the only state having legislation specifically for this industry. And a new code of practice has been released after deliberations at the Reef Safety Roundtable in Cairns earlier this year.

Key new measures are:

·         Identification of at-risk snorkelers before and during a snorkelling expedition

·         Mandatory requirement to have an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) on Great Barrier Reef tourist vessels

·         Requirements relating to reporting and investigating deaths.

In response to the need for AEDs on board tourist vessels, Allens Training Sunshine Coast is in a position to take advantage of an exclusive Queensland promotion that can get you a discounted price for a HeartSine AED for your tourist vessel. Heartsine defibrillators are portable, light and easy to operate.

The Heartsine AED is:

  • Set and forget with 4-year battery life.
  • Always ready. A System Status Ready Indicator flashes to show that the complete system is operational and ready for use. The device automatically runs self-check each week.
  • 8-year warranty. The longest in the industry. 
  • Free replacement Pad-pak (battery and pads) after genuine use of the AED. After an event, the complete pad-pak is replaced, which means you have a brand new battery for the next event. This is more cost effective than many other devices. 
  • IP56 Dust and Moisture ingress protection. The highest in the industry. 
  • User-friendly and simple to use. The Samaritan PAD 350P features easy to understand visual and voice prompts that guide a user through the process including CPR coaching (a metronome for correct speed CPR).
  • Two-button operation. Only two buttons, ON/OFF and SHOCK, are required for straightforward operation.

Having an AED on board your vessel means you have a chance to increase the likelihood of survival of a crew member or passenger who experiences Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Out on the water, you’re a long way from an ambulance, and SCA kills 30,000 Australians every year.

With increased fatalities and a more stringent code of practice for tourist vessels to comply with, there has never been a better time to invest in an AED.

Contact Allens Training on the Sunshine Coast for exclusive Reef Premium, and Reef Standard, AED packages, and be among the first to comply with the new code of practice.

Phone 075438 8888 or email sunshinecoast@allenstraining.com.au for more information.


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