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Roadmap to becoming a Scientific Diver

Scientific-Diver-In Training Prerequisites

1)      Medical Clearance (see AAUS Medical Dive Form)

2)      Swimming Test (see FitRec test)

Pass a swim test of 400 yards for 10 minutes and swim 25 yards underwater.

3)      Open Water Certification

Become a Certified Recreational Diver through one of the following scuba diving certification agencies: Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), Scuba Schools International (SSI), National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI).

4)      Application to be a BU scientific diver

Pass a Pool Exam that includes Basic Skills, Air Sharing, and Diver Rescue skills.

Pass an Open Water evaluation after having completed and passed Basic Skills, Air Sharing and Compass Navigation tests.

 

Scientific Diver Certification to 30 feet

1)      100 hours of  overall Theoretical and Practical Training which includes

  1. CPR/First Aid Certification
  2. Oxygen Administration Certification
  3. One Open Water Checkout Dive For Diving Safety Officer or designee to evaluate Open Water Skills and 11 Supervised  Dives led by Scientific diver approved by DSO – Total Bottom time must equal 6 hours.
  4. Other Trainings based on type of diving, equipment, data gathering methods, marine life etc.

 

Scientific Diver Certification to 60 feet

1)      A diver holding a 30 foot certificate may be certified to a depth of 60 feet after successfully completing, under supervision, 12 logged training dives to depths between 31 and 60 feet, for a minimum total time of 4 hours


Scientific Diver Certification to 100 feet

1)      A diver holding a 60 foot certificate may be certified to a depth of 100 feet after successfully completing, under supervision, 4 logged training dives to depths between 61 and 100 feet. The diver shall also demonstrate proficiency in the use of the appropriate Dive Tables.


Scientific Diver Certification to 130 feet

1)      A diver holding a 100 foot certificate may be certified to a depth of 130 feet after successfully completing, under supervision, 4 logged training dives to depths between 100 and 130 feet. The diver shall also demonstrate proficiency in the use of the appropriate Dive Tables.


Scientific Diver Certification to 150 feet

1)      A diver holding a 130 foot certificate may be certified to a depth of 130 feet after successfully completing, under supervision, 4 logged training dives to depths between 130 and 150 feet. The diver must also demonstrate knowledge of the special problems of deep diving, and of special safety requirements.


Scientific Diver Certification to 190 feet

1)      A diver holding a 150 foot certificate may be certified to a depth of 190 feet after successfully completing, under supervision, 4 logged training dives to depths between 150 and 190 feet. The diver must also demonstrate knowledge of the special problems of deep diving, and of special safety requirements.


For more information, please contact the Dive Safety Officer, Professor Phillip Lobel.

The Office of Research Compliance maintains a dedicated training site for information about programs offered by each compliance area. Click here for more information on becoming a scientific diver.