Introduction to Scientific Diving

The Introduction to Scientific Diving workshop trains FSU faculty, staff and students to conduct underwater research in accordance with the standards of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS).

Workshop Description

Participants in the workshop learn to safely and effectively use diving as a tool to conduct underwater research, while completing a rigorous training curriculum including in-water rescue procedures, small boat dive operations, and underwater survey techniques.  Academic subjects include diving physics, physiology, decompression theory and accident management. 

This is a non-credit course and is available exclusively to those with research applications.  FSU faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students with research funding from FSU Grant Projects will be given priority.  

The course curriculum will include certifications for Emergency First Responder, PADI Enriched Air Diver, Emergency Oxygen Provider and Rescue Diver.  The successful Scientific-Diver-in-Training will conclude the workshop with FSU/AAUS Scientific Diving Authorization. 

Workshop Lab Fee - $500. This covers the costs of all equipment, texts, and certification fees. 


Acceptance into the program is determined by a subcommittee of the Diving Control Board, and is based largely on answers to questions on the application and certification of scientific need by the applicant's Supervisor, Academic Advisor, or Major Professor.


Questions?  Contact the Diving Safety Officer directly at or by calling (850) 697-2078.


SPRING 2019 - January 9th through May 1st

Day Time Location
Class Wednesday 1 PM - 3 PM WFSU Station,1600 Red Barber Plaza
Pool Wednesday 4 PM - 6 PM Morcom Aquatic Center, 2560 Pottsdamer St.
Field Weekends TBD  All Day Florida State University Coastal & Marine Lab.


Course Date Registration Deadline
1/8/2020 11/1/2019 Apply

Last Updated: Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 8:01 AM