Dive Safety


The Penn State Scientific Diving Program is an administrative unit functioning under the Office for Research Protections. The Program supervises all compressed gas diving for scientific and educational purposes under Penn State Policy RP09: Scientific Diving at Penn State. The program is administered by a Diving Control Board and the operations of the program are defined by a set of Dive Standards. The Dive Control Board or its delegate, the Dive Saftey Officer, must approve all scientific diving conducted by Penn State researchers, staff, and students. No scientific diving should be conducted unless the dive safety plan has been approved.  Before submitting your plan for approval,  please see the Penn State manual of Standards for Scientific Diving.

The Penn State Scientific Diving Program is an Organizational Member of the American Academy of Underwater Scientific (AAUS).

Getting Started: 

You can find out more about Dive Safety at Penn State by visiting the  program's website or by reading the Scientific Diving at Penn State policy (RP09). You may also begin undertaking the mandatory Divers Certifiation Program by reviewing the certification process. 



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