The Academic Diving Program
Florida State University's Diving Program, established in 1975, oversees and supports faculty, students, and staff from the FSU Coastal & Marine Laboratory, the departments of Anthropology, Biological Science, Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Science, Geography, the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies, and the FSU Film School for whom underwater research is an element of their research or job description.
The Program maintains a complete inventory of SCUBA and field equipment for the diving needs of students, faculty, and staff associated with the program. While much of the work is conducted in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, our researcher studies extend as far south as Panama and Belize and north, all the way up to British Columbia, Canada.
Candidate Scientific Divers can become certified science divers by taking the course, "Introduction to Science Diving" and other necessary workshops to complete certification.
Divers already certified as science divers through a nationally recognized program (e.g., American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) or Canadian Association for Underwater Science (CAUS)) can dive on FSU-sponsored projects either by establishing science diver status directly through FSU or, for visiting students and faculty, by having their home institution establish diving reciprocity with Florida State University.
Dive Plans for every dive event that involves diving or the use of ADP equipment must be submitted to the University Diving Officer four weeks prior to planned diving activities. All dives must be recorded on the online dive log.
Diving Medical Exams are required for all FSU science divers. The exam can be administered by any physician knowledgeable in hyperbaric medicine. A list of physicians with this capability appears in the “FSU Diving Medical Forms”. The physician sends the completed forms with the examination results to the FSU Diving Safety Officers either by mail or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Diving Safety Officer, in consultation with the physician, is the sole determiner of an individual's physical fitness to dive. The cost of this evaluation is the responsibility of the prospective diver. FSU divers on sponsored projects should contact the Diving Safety Officer for information about grant-funded physicals.
Allow at least six weeks between the physical exam and obtaining ADP clearance.