UNDERWATER RESEARCH: BIOSM 3650 (3 credits)/MEFB 730 (4 credits)
Information about becoming a Scientific Diver at Shoals: Students may attain AAUS Scientific Diver status in the Shoals Marine Laboratory Dive Program upon completion of the Underwater Research course, which includes Dive Accident Management Training (O2 Administration, Basic First Aid, CPR). The Shoals Marine Laboratory is an Organizational Member of the American Association of Underwater Scientists, and Scientific Diver status conforms to AAUS standards. Pending successful completion of the course (including a minimum of 12 dives), students will receive a Verification of Training Letter, which allows them to apply for permission to dive under the auspices of AAUS-sanctioned Scientific Diving Programs at universities, state and federal governmental agencies, and marine aquaria throughout the United States. Scientific Diver Status is retained as long as a minimal number of dives are completed each year and medical requirements are updated at regular intervals (see Section 8 of the Shoals Marine Laboratory Handbook for Diving Safety. Virtually all Scientific Dive Programs in the United States are AAUS Organizational Members and require participants to possess AAUS-sanctioned Scientific Diver Status.
Dr. James Coyer, Shoals Marine Laboratory, Cornell University
Dr. Elizabeth Siddon, Research Associate, National Research Council, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center
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