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 and states as such on their 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 for their work, therefore, diving is required to be on the employee's performance plan.  

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