For Science Divers

If you are a research diver and seek authorization to dive with the Smithsonian Scientific Diving Program (SDP) this section of the website is for you. 

  • To learn the level of training and diving experience necessary to dive with the SDP go to MINIMUM STANDARDS.
  • To determine what is needed to become authorized to dive with the SDP, go to REQUIREMENTS.
  • AUTHORIZATION explains the steps you must take to receive approval to dive with SI.

You will NOT find SI Diving Forms in this section.  All SI Diving forms are located inside of DecoStop, the SDP virtual dive program management system.

Science Divers comparing data in Panama
Science Divers compare data while monitoring a coral spawning research site in Bocas del Toro, Panama
​​Copyright 2012 © Smithsonian Institution, Photo: Laurie M. Penland