Scientists who are from other organizations and are conducting research in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution (SI) as a Research Associate, are required to receive diving AUTHORIZATION from the Scientific Diving Program (SDP) to dive for this research. Research Associates are considered VISITING DIVERS.
1. Do you qualify to dive with SDP? See SDP MINIMUM DIVING STANDARDS
2. Do you have an SI Sponsor? All Research Associates must have an SI Sponsor.
3. Are you officially registered as a Research Associate? This is required before your dive application can be processed.
Download the SDP RESEARCH ASSOCIATE CHECK-LIST to assure you have met all requirements.