Guideline review date: 28 October 2021
This guideline is provided to support schools in implementing the
managing risks in school curriculum activities procedure.
CARA planner must be used for the specific school context in conjunction with this guideline considering additional risks, hazards and controls and including environmental, facility, equipment and student considerations.
For activities beyond the scope of this guideline, complete a CARA record using the
CARA generic template.
This guideline relates to student participation in platform and springboard diving into a specialised deep water pool as an activity to support curriculum delivery.
Note: Neither platform/springboard diving from heights over 10m nor diving at a non-specialised facility are permitted as a curriculum activity.
Depending on the scope of this activity, other risk assessments may be required when planning. Curriculum activities encompassing more than one CARA guideline (e.g.
Gymnastics and trampolining when practising dry land diving skills) must comply with the requirements of all CARA guidelines appropriate to the activity.
For activities conducted at a non-Department of Education venue, and/or when engaging external expertise, request written risk assessment advice and attach it to this CARA record.
For activities conducted off-site, schools must comply with the
school excursions procedure.
For activities conducted as part of representative school sport programs, schools should consult with
Queensland School Sport.
High risk: Diving activities involving platform and springboard skills into deep water from heights of 10m or less.
If any requirement cannot be met, the activity must not occur.
If any other safety recommendation cannot be met, modify the activity (or elements of it) and/or identify and use the
hierarchy of controls to implement alternative control measures to meet or exceed the minimum safety standard.
Prior consultation is required with local authority (e.g. facility management) for local advice, emergency support mechanisms and additional supervision requirements to ensure participant and public safety.
Confirmation of student water safety and swimming competence is required prior to participation. The process is determined by the school and must consider the specific aquatic environments in which the activity will take place. Consult the
Sequence of competency
Water Safety and Swimming Education Program for support in determining age-appropriate suitability.
Competition rules and procedures with additional or more stringent safety requirements must take precedence.