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Whether you're a surfer wanting to explore heavier breaks, a spearfisherman wanting to level-up or someone who simply enjoys the challenge of deep ocean environments, the Intermediate Watermanship Course is designed to give you the skills to handle yourself better in intense situations.

The aim of the IWP is to give students the knowledge, skill and confidence to push, challenge and enjoy themselves in the ocean - whilst keeping themselves and others safe. 


Course Overview

The IWP is designed to enhance students' existing watermanship skills in a relaxed, fun, safe, yet personally challenging environment. This is acheived by - firstly - exploring the reactions the human body goes through whilst in stressful situations such as big wave hold-downs or getting stuck in aggressive white water. We then break this down step-by-step to give the student an insight into the actual processes that are taking place during these situations.

These theoretical underpinnings are then reinforced through fun, challenging and realistic training in safe environments. Our aim in this part of the programme is is to help guide our students through new challenges to find a deeper understanding of themselves and their capabilities. Using 

Practical training covers areas such as:

  • Apnea

  • Advanced Swimming Techniques

  • Training Principals

  • Sea Survival

  • Planning and Preparedness

  • First Aid and Rescue

  • Panic and Fear Management

course length

2 days.

Who is this course for...?

This course is suitable for intermediate-to-experienced level watermen and waterwomen who are ready to push themselves and unlock deeper potential. Typically, we specify that IWP students have  greater than 5 years experience in ocean environments, with a focus on non-depth disciplines.



Starting from AU$600 (excluding GST)

Minimum standards

Students must be able to swim and be medically fit (see below).

Students have had previous surfing/ocean experience or completed the Basic Watermanship Program or equivalent.

Minimum age is 16.

To obtain the Intermediate Waterman certification, the candidate must:

  • Pass the theory test with a score of at least 80%

  • Perform a static apnea of at least 2’30”

  • Perform a dynamic-no-fins distance of 35m.

  • Perform an underwater disorientation drill of at least 30sec

  • Complete a 400m swim in under 14min

  • Tread water for 10min (without wetsuit)

  • Perform survival swimming techniques correctly

  • Perform an unconscious diver rescue from 5m, and perform a black-out rescue on the surface

  • Complete a 100m swim, a 50m unassisted tow, unconcious casualty carry and BLS.

  • Complete Dynamic No-Fins CO2 table in a maximum of a team of four for a minimum of 10min.

  • Correctly demonstrate all the practical components of Survival at Sea which are detailed in the Survival at Sea Standards.


  • Freediving mask and Flotation aids

what to bring

  • Towel

  • Wetsuit (board shorts/bikini/swimsuit minimum)

  • Water

  • Lunch and snacks

  • Zink/sunscreen

  • Pen and notepad

  • Lunch.

Medical Fitness

You will be asked to complete a medical declaration as part of your course registration. Unless you suffer a medical condition that is a contradiction to watermanship training, you will not be required to complete a medical examination.

Students with contradicting medical conditions, however, will be required to undergo a Dive Medical that meets the Australian Standard 4005.1. We require documentation of this prior to course participation.

Medical conditions that are of concern to watermanship training are: lung conditions, heart conditions, epilepsy, diabetes, any ear problems or any other major medical conditions. 

If you are in any doubt regarding your medical eligibility please don’t hesitate to contact One Ocean International.

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