DIVING PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
is a summary of the steps that need to be taken before scientific diving under the
auspices of Stanford University. Full details of the requirements and
other regulations of the Stanford scientific diving program can be found in the Stanford
Scientific Diving Manual (under revision, 2012) Forms are available from links on this page, or from the Diving Safety Officer (DSO) at Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove CA 93950.
wishing to snorkel or free-dive for research or coursework must meet with
the Diving Safety Officer or his/her designee for a briefing, assessment, and site
orientation before conducting any in-water activity. See "snorkeling guidelines". Snorkeling/free diving for fun may be done
at local sites other than Hopkins; ask the DSO about possible locations.
Eligibility for entry into the Scientific Diving Program:
Current Stanford faculty, students or staff are eligible to enter the
scientific diving program. Priority is given to those who need to dive for Stanford research or coursework. Scientific diver candidates including undergraduates may take Scientific Diver Training sessions and workshops offered in Spring and Summer; graduate and post-doctoral students may also contact the DSO to arrange for individual training and certification. Divers entering
Stanford with a current scientific diving certification from another American
Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) organizational member may be
granted reciprocity, and should arrange for verification of their status
by their previous DSO.
To enter program (must be completed prior to open water checkout dive)
submit the following:
- Entry packet
including current medical evaluation of diving fitness and
diving program application. Use the most current diving physical form, available from this site. Do not use outdated forms.
of scuba certification cards (at least Advanced Open Water is required). Note: Rescue Diver certification is required prior to full certification as a scientific diver.)
- Copies of current CPR and First Aid certification.
of current (i.e. within the past year) equipment purchase or service
(Regulator, octopus or alternate air source, BC,
- All Stanford scientific divers seeking reciprocity to dive with another AAUS diving program are required to hold current Divers Alert Network (DAN) dive accident insurance. Submit proof of insurance to the DSO.
Open water checkout dive/site orientation by DSO or designee
equipment inspection will be performed prior to the check-out (see entry
packet for list of required and recommended gear). Adequate thermal protection
is usually conducted in the kelp bed in front of Hopkins, and includes
a beach entry, surface swimming, and a variety of scuba exercises at the surface and underwater. Fine-tuning of buoyancy and comfort with gear is stressed.
successful completion of 1 and 2 above, the diver's status is "scientific
diver in training" and certification depth is 60'. The depth, location,
and nature of subsequent training dives must be approved by the DSO until
all scientific diver certification requirements are met.
To complete scientific diver certification
dive logs documenting at least
12 dives with a cumulative bottom time of at least 6 hours as "diver in training"
copies of current O2 provider certification
- Complete Rescue diver training
- Fulfill 100-hours requirement for training in diving safety (CPR, 1st Aid, O2 and Rescue hours count towards this), research
techniques & related fields (e.g. boating, specimen collecting, quantitative techniques, organism identification, etc.). See AAUS 2009 standards for details. Scientific Diver Training session and workshops fulfill this requirement.
AAUS and SU diving safety standards
active scientific diver status:
is the responsibility of the scientific diver to maintain active status by filing paperwork for all requirements in a timely fashion. Failure to do so may result in withdrawal of scientific diving privileges and denial of reciprocity to dive with other institutions.
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