APU is an organizational member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS), and adheres to AAUS standards for the conduct of scientific diving operations and diver training set forth in the APU Diving Safety Manual. Please review the Manual and the following Dive Safety Guidelines to participate in University approved scientific diving activities.
To maintain active status in the APU Dive Program, scientific divers are
required to maintain the following current certifications and training:
- First Aid for diving accidents
- Adult CPR
- Emergency oxygen administration
- Annual service records on personal dive equipment
- Minimum of 12 dives annually (to certified depth)
- Submit monthly electronic dive logs
Once the initial certification requirements of Section 5.00 are met, divers whose depth certification has lapsed due to inactivity or expiration must complete a check-out dive with the DSO to re-qualify. Divers who fail to make at least one dive near the maximum depth of their certification during each 6-month period shall be re-certified at the previous or reduced depth level.
All certified scientific divers shall pass a medical examination at the intervals specified in Section 6.00. After each major illness or injury, scientific divers must receive clearance from a physician before resuming diving.
Download the form below for your annual gear service. Submit the completed form to DSO annually.
All scientific divers are required to submit a dive plan to the DSO for approval one week prior to planned dives. The DSO will notify you in writing if your dive plan is approved or if any changes are needed. Please see the sample dive plan and use the template below. Advanced notice required during periods of university closure.
All scientific divers are required to submit monthly electronic dive logs.
All scientific divers are required to submit monthly dive logs. To register, click on new user registration. Once you have a password and have answered the required entries, email the DSO so that your profile can be activated. Please keep your dive logs up to date. APU is required to report statistics annually to AAUS.
All diving activities at APU are managed by the Diving Control Board (DCB), following the AAUS standards in the APU Diving Safety Manual. The Diving Safety Officer (DSO) is responsible for check out dives, training, verification of training, dive plan approval and program oversight. The Dive Control Board meets 3 times annually.