General: This authorization recognizes the situation where a highly qualified diver who could significantly contribute to a Smithsonian dive project AND will be diving under the auspices of their home institution which does not have a dive program which meets reciprocity requirements. This diver will need to meet all SI MINIMUM STANDARDS and the parent organization will need to sign the SDP-101 SI Risk Waiver Release form, including Annex A, to acknowledge acceptance of responsibility for this diver.
Eligibility:The diver must be current and active who:
will be diving under the auspices of their home institution,
the home institution does not have a scientific diving program,
the home institution does not qualify for direct reciprocity with the SI,
the diver meets SDP requirements, AND
the diver will significantly contribute to a Smithsonian dive project.
Limitations:Divers must abide by the limitations outlined in the SI-SCIENTIFIC DIVING SAFETY MANUAL. Authorization shall be restricted to the planned diving operation for the duration of the dive plan and shall comply with all policies, regulations and standards of the SI-Scientific Diving Safety Manual. Initial depth limitations will be set to 30 fsw. Deeper depth limits may be requested via the SI Unit Diving Officer and granted at the discretion of the SDO.