The Australian Institute of Sport and Recreation and our partners welcome you to our Kalgalei information page and acknowledge the traditional owners of the land where ever we are delivering our training or conducting business.
What is the Kalgalei Program?
Kalgalei (Yugambeh word meaning Dive) is a program being run in partnership with the Australian Institute of Sport and Recreation, Devocean, Yallburru (a local non for profit Indigenous organisation) and high schools.
The Australian Institute of Sport and Recreation (AISR) RTO 31690 is a leading provider of sport and recreation training in Queensland and has a strong commitment to enhancing people’s lives by turning sport and recreation passions into careers. AISR has teamed up with Devocean dive to deliver educational programs and create exciting opportunities for the community!
What is our inspiration?
Tourism is one of the main pillars of the Queensland economy, forecast with the optimistic growth. Dive tourism is an important part of the sector with excellent value adding opportunities. Unfortunately no major diving operation in Queensland is utilising Indigenous diving staff that could deliver extended value adding, many operators actually are using overseas staff to fill the skill shortage in the dive tourism.
We believe this provides an excellent opportunity to value add by having indigenous dive staff to provide tourist in Queensland arriving from around Australian and the world to get much more than a good dive but a real Australian experience involving the best dive locations, quality infrastructure and dive guides that can install unique cultural presentations. The aim is to have guest walking away understanding they had experienced something special and unique potentially providing additional benefits to the Queensland economy including job opportunities and career development to Australia's most unique and under-utilised asset, our indiginous community.
How does it work?
To achieve this aim, AISR has developed educational pathways combining nationally recognised qualifications Certificate II, III and IV in Outdoor Recreation with Certificate 3 Guarantee funding by the Queensland Government and Industry recognised providers and programs such as the PADI international diving course-beginner to instructor.
We are seeking expressions of interest from Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders to undertake our new Kalgalei Program 2016.
Devocean dive has developed a success partnership with Dream Track for the past 5 years and has seen eighty participants completing snorkelling and activity days. We believe that we are set up to run a successful Indigenous program with the newly appointed Indigenous Identified Project Officer who will head up the role of sourcing, supporting and co-ordinating these courses, Merinda McQueen.
All participants of this program have to be Aboriginal and/ or Torre Strait Islander Background and must have their Aboriginality form or a Letter of Support identifying that they are Indigenous, (please contact us if you require assistance).
We are seeking two different groups:
Group One – Current High School Students
Eligible Indigenous student’s years 10, 11 and 12 have the opportunity to attend a Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation(contributing four QCE points).
SIS20213- Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation (VETiS)
Students can study towards completing the qualification whilst at school utilising our online learning portal or workbooks for a few hours a week and attend our recreational facilities to practice and demonstrate skill sets needed for competency. Alternatively you can complete the entire learning activity by attending one or several of our facilities on an organised daily schedule per semester or attend a camp fulltime for several days or weeks.
Merinda will need to discuss with new students throughout Queensland how best to coordinate the program to provide the appropriate cultural support. For example on the Gold Coast students in the program may be picked up from school 1 day each week over the semester in our bus and receive culturally appropriate support to achieve a variety of learning outcomes. Skill sets may include:
- SCUBA diving
There will be 15 units to complete, 5 core units and 10 electives. The qualification provides opportunities for students attain 4 credits towards your QCE. Get certified with a PADI Open Water International Diver, Get qualified with a Certificate II with a First Aid Certificate. If interested please contact either your Indigenous liaison officer or your industry officer at your school, Merinda McQueen on 04034221562 or AISR via our contact page.
Eligibility to Certificate 3 Guarantee VETis stream programs funded by the Queensland Government allows AISR to deliver the combined programs which would have a normal cost of $2700 for no cost. Please check the eligibility requirements on our courses/schools page for complete details and related government fact sheets.
Group Two – Adults (School Leavers)
The school leavers program provides opportunity for Indigenous people who would like to not only complete these programs but to find work in the Diving and Tourism industry.
Australian Institute of Sport and Recreation programs on offer through Devocean dive in Outdoor Recreation include:
SIS20213- Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation –SCUBA
This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to participate in and be competent in Scuba diving. To participate there is a co-contribution fee of $10.00 per unit, for 15 units of study. The overall contribution fee $150.00. Eligible concession contribution fee is $2.00 per unit.
SIS30413- Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation-SCUBA
This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to participate in and be competent in guiding Scuba dives. To participate there is a co-contribution fee of $5.00 per unit, for 24 units of study. The overall contribution fee is $120.00 per course, Plus there is a fee of $125 - $695 that needs to be paid to Devocean dive (please contact Merinda McQueen on 0434221562 for further costs). For eligible concession card holders a contribution fee of only $2.00 per unit applies!
SIS30413- Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation – Canoeing and Kayaking
This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to participate in and be competent in guiding kayaking and canoeing. Although there are no formal entry requirements into this qualification participants should have prior experience and entry into this qualification will be based on the professional judgement of the RTO, in consultation with the individual. To participate there is a co-contribution fee of $5.00 per unit, for 24 units of study. The overall contribution fee is $120.00 per course
SIS40313- Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation
This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to participate in and be competent in guiding and instructing Scuba divers. To participate there is a co-contribution fee of $5.00 per unit, for 31 units of study. The overall contribution fee is $155.00 per course, Plus there is a fee of $445 and $880 that needs to be paid to Devocean dive (please contact Merinda McQueen on 04034221562 for further costs). For eligible concession card holders a contribution fee of only $2.00 per unit applies!
When enrolled and completing your AISR course you are completing a major part of your PADI course requirements so therefore this represents a GREAT opportunity for you as you only need complete some additional course work to get your PADI certification and best of all at GREATLY reduced prices. The gap training fee represents the cost to provide the training from the AISR course to achieve your internationally recognised PADI certification which is paid to Devocean dive.
Devocean Dive offers all training and assessing locally (on site pool) so you know you will receive the best available training, with experienced Instructors, and you will be receiving the best opportunity for affordable dive training on the Gold Coast. Due to safety considerations all participants will need to be interviewed by Devocean and partake in a medical questionnaire prior to commencement to ensure the participant is physically suitable to undertake scuba diver training. Go to the Devocean page or thei web site at www.devoceandive.com for further information.