The SDP operates to ensure all diving operations are conducted safely and efficiently, with safety being the primary focus, for the underwater research activities of the Smithsonian Institution. SDP is responsible for the Smithsonian Institution (SI) compliance with OSHA regulations, as well as development and adherence to SI Diving safety policy and procedures, for Smithsonian underwater research activities.
The responsibilities and activities of the SDP include:
Establish standards and implement procedures for conducting safe diving operations.
Train and certify research scientists and technicians in diving and diving medical related subjects.
Provide safe, state-of-the-art, and well maintained dive equipment.
Provide guidance and expertise to the diving community.
Investigate and implement new diving technologies and techniques.
Foster cooperative working relationships with other diving programs.
Promote the SI and the SDP through educational outreach.
Provide equipment, personnel, and expertise in support of SI field operations, as needed.