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Scientific Diving Program

Division of Life Sciences

The Division of Diving Safety insures that all underwater diving conducted under the auspices of the University of California, Berkeley is done in accordance with the standards and policies established by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences and the Berkeley campus.

The program is administered by the diving safety officer in association with the Vice Chancellor for Research, Environmental Health and Safety, the Physical Education Program, the College of Natural Resources, and the Richard Gump South Pacific Biological Research Station.

A University scientific diver permit is required for anyone diving for science using University equipment, diving from University-owned property, or diving as a student or employee of the University. The Diving Safety Program provides opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to pursue SCUBA certification or a scientific diver permit. There are fees associated with these services.