Boston University is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe environment for students, faculty and staff. In order to do so, we aim to foster a culture of safety among individuals on campus and in the field. Cultivating a safe working and learning environment is a shared responsibility that requires all individuals involved in research-related diving to recognize their obligation to be appropriately trained and to comply with University policies and procedures.

Scientific Diving Safety Manual

The purpose of the Scientific Dive Safety Manual is to define the safety standards for scientific diving conducted under the jurisdiction of BU. The work practices, procedures, and policies specified in this manual comply with current American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) Standards and applicable regulatory requirements which are available at the AAUS website.

Scientific Diving Safety Manual

Scientific Diving Safety Committee

The Scientific Diving Safety Committee (SDSC) at Boston University oversees diving performed as a necessary component of research or educational activity by faculty, students, and other employees involved in research. The SDSC fulfills the role of the Diving Control Board (DCB) described in the BU Scientific Diving Safety Manual. 

Committee Charter

Committee Members

The SDSC is comprised of faculty, trainees, and staff members from academic departments involved in scientific. The committee also includes members from Environmental Health & Safety (EHS). Committee representatives are appointed by the Associate Vice President of Research Compliance.

For information about Dive Safety Committee membership, please contact


The SDSC has provided guidance on snorkeling in the BU Snorkeling Standards.


Boating does not require a strict training or authorization process at BU, but small boat operations involve certain risks that must be addressed prior to beginning any field work. For assistance, the SDSC has provided guidance in the BU Small Boat Safety Manual .

Float Plans

As outlined in the BU Small Boat Safety Manual, any research projects involving boating require submission of Float Plans for proposed boating excursions, which must be approved by the Dive Safety Officer in advance. Float Plans should be submitted to



For general inquiries about Scientific Diving Safety, and for all submissions of Dive Plans, Dive Logs, and other program documentation, please email  the DiveSafe.

Research Occupational Health Program

Additionally, the Boston University Research Occupational Health Program (ROHP) provides prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for work-related injuries and illnesses for the employees of Boston University in compliance with OSHA, CDC, and other regulatory requirements. ROHP can be accessed by visiting the Research Occupational Health Program page, by emailing, or by calling 617-414-ROHP (7647).

For further information on scientific and commercial diving, please visit the following links:

American Academy of Underwater Sciences

Scientific Boating Safety Association

Divers Alert Network

United States Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division