Smithsonian Volunteers are required to receive authorization from the Scientific Diving Program (SDP) before diving on a project. Smithsonian Volunteers need to meet SDP diving standards and fall under SI-SCIENTIFIC DIVER requirements.

Diver Authorization

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

2. Do you have an SI Employee Supervisor?  All volunteers must have an SI Employee Supervisor.  See WWW.SI.EDU/VOLUNTEER for more information.

3. Are you a Registered Volunteer with Active status?  Confirm with the SI Volunteer Coordinator of the SI Unit or Program where you are volunteering to be sure your registration is complete.

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