Smithsonian Employees are required to receive authorization from the Scientific Diving Program (SDP) before diving.  Scientific diving must be part of the employee's official duties. Therefore, diving should be included on the employee's performance plan. Smithsonian Employees fall under SI-SCIENTIFIC DIVER requirements.

Diver Authorization

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

2. Is diving on your performance plan?  All employees must have a need to dive as part of their SI duties, therefore, diving is required to be included in the employee's performance plan.  

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