Smithsonian Research Scientists occasionally utilize independent contractors to assist with their projects.  These contractors are required to receive authorization from the Scientific Diving Program (SDP) to dive on the project.  Contractor Divers fall under SI-SCIENTIFIC DIVER requirements.

Diver Authorization

1. Do you qualify to dive with SDP?  See SDP MINIMUM DIVING STANDARDS

2. Do you have an SI Employee Supervisor?  All contractors must have an SI Employee Supervisor. 

3. Are you an official contractor with Office of Contracts?  An official contract is required which states diving is necessary to complete work before your dive application can be completed.

Download the SDP CONTRACTOR CHECK-LIST to assure you have met all requirements.