The OSU Small Boat Safety Program works with OSU faculty, staff, students and approved volunteers using small boats and/or float craft as part of their field research, providing the support needed to operate safely in their research environments. Individuals involved in small boat or float craft use for research should complete an Application for OSU Scientific Boating Certification and OSU Vessel Information Form for submission to the DSO.

The OSU Small Boat Safety Program is in development. Elements of the program will include an OSU Boating Safety Committee, operator training and certification, float plan submission and approval, verification of vessel condition and safety equipment, activity tracking and reporting, and compliance with the OSU Scientific Boating Safety Manual.
OSU has established policies regulating all research that includes scuba diving and/or small boating activities under the auspices of the university. Scientific diving operations and small boat use for research are overseen by the OSU Diving Safety Officer (DSO).


Small Boat Use

Any university employee or person(s) utilizing small boats or float craft for research activities under the auspices of OSU must meet OSU standards and policies and have their research float plans approved by the OSU DSO or designee. The OSU small boat program is currently under development. Researchers whose work includes small boat or float craft operations should contact the Diving Safety Officer directly.


Application for OSU Scientific Boating Certification

Scientific Boating Safety Association

OSU Float Plan

For more information on meeting these compliance requirements or to contribute to the development of the OSU Small Boat Safety Program, please contact:

Kevin Buch
Diving Safety Officer
Office of Research Integrity
A312 Kerr Administration Building
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-2140
Office Phone: 541-737-6893; Mobile 541-740-4577