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Scientific Diving Program at SUNY-ESF

Overview and purpose

To provide support for students, faculty, and staff who are interested in using SCUBA in their research programs.

The ESF Scientific Diving Program follows a prescribed sequence of training and examination leading to American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) Scientific Diver certification. This certification is needed for permission to dive at many marine and freshwater research stations and is often required to obtain federal funding for work involving underwater studies. 

The program provides training in practices specific to scientific diving and confirms that divers have the knowledge and skills required for safe diving.

The ESF Scientific Diving Program is administered through the Office of Research Programs by the ESF Diving Control Board. The Chair of the Diving Control Board, currently Mark Teece (Chemistry), is the program coordinator and primary point of contact for information about the program.

Our program follows the AAUS guidelines and we have a Diving Control Board, a Diving Safety Officer and a Diving Safety Manual.

Typically, the program will be offered once each year, in fall. A fee covering transportation, materials and instructor costs may be charged.

What do we NOT support?

THE ESF SCIENTIFIC DIVING PROGRAM DOES NOT TEACH SCUBA DIVING. You must be a qualified diver to become part of this program. You should have a qualification from a recognized agency (e.g. PADI, NAUI, SSI).


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