Becoming a Scientific Diver
Scientific Diving Program at SUNY-ESF
What do I become a scientific diver?
- To enter the ESF Scientific Diving Program you must show proof of training:
- Scuba Diving certification from a nationally recognized agency (e.g. PADI, NAUI, SSI) - preferably to the Advanced Open Water Diver level or equivalent;
- First-aid/CPR certification (from Red Cross, First Responder);
- Emergency oxygen administration certification (from Divers Alert Network).
- Complete and submit a SUNY-ESF Diving Program Application including a Scuba Waiver Release and Indemnity Agreement.
- Provide a medical certification from a licensed physician to show that you are medically qualified for diving.
- Pass a swimming test.
- Pass a written examination.
- Satisfy the instructor that your diving skills meet the standards as outlined in the ESF Diving Safety Manual in an open water dive.
- Show proof that all equipment is verified and tested as determined by DSO and DCB.
At this point, you are a "Scientific Diver in Training" and can conduct scientific training dives under auspices of SUNY-ESF, in the presence of a certified scientific diver.
You are now ready to work towards becoming a Certified Scientific Diver.