Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University
Pacific Grove CA 93950





Hopkins Marine Station


Stanford University


Stanford Scientific Diving

SU-HMS WebDiver
logging instructions)

Hopkins Scientific Boating


Working in the Marine Protected Area




Stanford University's Scientific Diving Program is based at Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, 90 miles south of Stanford on the southern shore of Monterey Bay.


Stanford has been an organizational member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) since 1985. The AAUS Standards for Scientific Diving have been used as minimal guidelines for the development of Stanford University's scientific diving standards. The standards for diving safety, training, experience, and certification outlined in Stanford's Diving Safety Manual are designed to ensure that all diving under the auspices of Stanford University is conducted in a manner that will maximize protection of divers from accidental injury and/or illness while furthering research, education and safety, and to allow a working reciprocity between Stanford University and other institutions with scientific diving programs whose standards meet or exceed those of the AAUS. Learn about the OSHA exemption for scientific diving

Who can join the program:

Stanford students, faculty and staff intending to dive for Stanford research or coursework are eligible to join the Scientific Diving Program.

How to join:

If you are currently a scientific diver in active status with another AAUS program, or were active within the past 2 years, click here.

If you have not been trained and certified according to AAUS standards or equivalent, you will need to meet certain requirements to join the program and begin training for scientific diver certification. Please allow sufficient time to complete prerequisites, training and certification before any planned underwater research -- depending on your initial qualifications, this could take several months.

For the remainder of 2021, scientific diver training will be conducted on a case-by-case basis for candidates needing to dive for their research. Prerequisites can be found here.

For current Stanford Scientific Divers:

Being an active diver in an AAUS scientific diving program requires a considerable amount of effort, planning, and commitment on the part of the diver. The Diving Safety Officer can issue reminders and offer necessary training, but it is ultimately the responsibility of the individual diver to stay current in the program. Please see requirements for maintenance of active status.

General information:

Visiting diver procedures -- for courses and research projects at Hopkins
Snorkeling at Hopkins

Scientific Free-diving requirements and standards
Scientific freediving medical form
Typical diving conditions in the Monterey area
Local diving emergency procedures
HMS shark protocols


AAUS: American Academy of Underwater Sciences

Our World Underwater Scholarship Society (home page)

DAN: Divers Alert Network
(Oxygen provider courses and equipment, diving insurance )


NAUI: National Association of Scuba Instructors
PADI: Professional Association of Diving Instructors
SSI: Scuba Schools International

Helpful sites for dive-planning:

NWS Marine Weather- Monterey Bay (Monterey Bay marine forecast)
NWS Marine Weather- South of Pt. Pinos (incl. Carmel Bay)
NWS Coastal Marine Zone forecasts
CDIP/SIO Experimental Monterey Bay Swell Forecast
Cabrillo Point Wave Buoy (CDIP)
Monterey Tides
Ocean Water Quality (Monterey County Health Department)

Scuba equipment recall notices (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)