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Academic Diving Program

The FSUCML Academic Diving Program* (ADP) was established in 1975 to oversee and support all underwater research conducted by faculty, students, and staff from the FSU Coastal & Marine Laboratory, the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies; and the departments of Biological Science, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Geography and the FSU Film School for whom underwater research is an element of their research or job description.

Below are some of our research highlights from the Academic Diving Program:


The ADP 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. (courses listed here: http://www.marinelab.fsu.edu/apps/courserequest/courses.aspx) Training requirements are outlined in the FSU Standards for Scientific Diving.

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 ADP 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. The examination results are provided to the ADP University Diving Officer on the provided forms. The Diving 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 ADP for assistance with grant-funded physicals.

Note: Allow at least six weeks between the physical exam and obtaining ADP clearance

*The FSUCML is an active institutional member of The American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) and the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI), and recently joined the Scientific Boating Safety Association (SBSA ).