Maintaining Certification

Maintaining Active Scientific Diver Certification

There are four basic components for maintaining Scientific Diver certification:

 1. Proof of physical fitness. Divers are required to pass an AAUS physical examination every 5 years until age 40, every 3 years until age 60, every 2 years after age 60 and after any diving accident.
2. Maintain current CPR, First Aid and Oxygen administration certification as well as DAN membership. Refresher courses are offered typically during Winter Quarter - check Webdiver under the training tab for the next class.
3. Submission of monthly dive logs. You must log at least 12 dives annually and make at least 1 dive within your depth certification range every 6 months.
4. "Annual" equipment (regulator, gauges, BC, cylinder) inspection and testing.

Check your status on the dive log website, contact the DSP if you have any questions regarding your status. It is each diver's responsibility to check their dive log web page on a regular basis to ensure they stay current. Sustaining Status means you are not current and are not allowed to do any scientific diving.

Continuing Education

The DSP offers a variety of continuing education courses for divers. Topics include:

  • Boat Handling
  • Compressor operation
  • CPR/First Aid
  • 100' Diving Certification
  • Dive Computers
  • Dry suit training
  • Kayak Diving
  • O2 Administration
  • U/W Photography

Some courses are offered quarterly while others are scheduled on an as-needed basis. Let us know what training you need to get your research done and we will schedule it!