Visiting Diver

Scientists who are from other organizations and are conducting research utilizing SI facilities, are required to receive diving AUTHORIZATION from the Scientific Diving Program (SDP).  If your home institution is:
  1. A current AAUS Organizational Member (OM), you may be authorized to dive under RECIPROCITY DIVER status.
  2. NOT a current AAUS OM but has a Scientific Diving Program which meets AAUS minimum standards, you may request to establish RECIPROCITY DIVER status with SI.
  3. NOT a current AAUS OM, does not have a Scientific Diving Program which meets AAUS Standards, you may request to establish NON-RECIPROCITY DIVER status with SI if you as a diver meet the SDP minimum requirements and your home institution will sign the SDP Risk Waiver Release form to acknowlede responsibility for your dives.
  4. NOT an current AAUS OM and your diving is critical to an SI research project, you may request to be authorized to dive under TEMPORARY DIVER status.  

Diver Authorization

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

2. Do you have an SI Sponsor?  All Visiting Scientists must have an SI Sponsor. 

3. Are you officially registered as a Visiting Scientist?  This is required before your dive application can be processed.