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The trainee selection process will be broken into four parts, as listed below:

SELECTION STAGE 1

At the time of applying, applicants must:

  • Be between the ages of 20 and 30 years inclusive
  • Have passed Grade 10 at School
  • Be a confident swimmer, prepared to swim in open waters of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Be highly motivated to undertake the course
  • Be prepared and able to spend periods of several weeks at a time away from home in accordance with the training schedule
SELECTION STAGE 2

A shortlist of applicants will be invited to undertake this second step towards selection. During this round, applications will be assessed by a panel of Traditional owner representatives and program managers.
Applicants will be assessed on their capacity to meet cultural requirements, their personal attributes, their current skills and experience, their capacity to develop into leaders, and other factors as determined by the selection panel.

SELECTION STAGE 3

The top 20 applicants will be invited to Cairns to undertake:

  • a Language, literacy, and Numeracy questionnaire
  • a current Occupational Dive Medical Examination
  • a PADI Divemaster Watermanship Requirements swimming test including:
    • 400m swim
    • 15minute tread water
    • 800m snorkel
    • 100m diver tow

A reserve list of applicants will also have been compiled and these Reserves will be asked to be on standby during Phase 3 in case any of the 20 applicants do not meet selection requirements. Reserves will be gender-specific and from the same community groups.

CONTINUATION SELECTION STAGE

Throughout the course, the 20 candidates must demonstrate the capacity to continue in certain areas, such as open water diving, safety, character, and ability to fit into a crew dynamic. At the completion of the course, the best students will be selected to undertake the Advanced Training phase.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE YOU?

If you think you have what it takes to join our COTS Program, fill in the form below:

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