OSU Scientific Diving

Any university employee, or person(s) conducting scientific diving under the auspices of Oregon State University, must meet OSU standards and polices and have their diving approved by the OSU Diving Control Board (DCB). The Diving and Boating Safety Officer (DBSO) is then responsible, through the Diving Control Board, to the Office of Research Integrity, for the conduct of the university's scientific diving activities. OSU scientific diving operations are conducted in accordance with the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) Standards for Scientific Diving (Mar 2019).

COVID-19 and OSU Scientific Diving

  • The Scientific Diving and Small Boat Safety Office in Kerr will remain open but may not be staffed in person
  • Processing and review of Dive Plans and Small Boat Work Plans will continue
  • Per the Provost’s direction, as of 13 March, all field research travel is suspended. Exceptions must be approved by the appropriate Dean or Vice President. Contact the Scientific Diving and Small Boat Safety Office if you have questions
  • If you are trying to reach us via phone, please leave a voice message (541-737-6893).  For immediate assistance, contact Kevin Buch, Diving and Small Boat Safety Officer: 541-740-4577; kevin.buch@oregonstate.edu
  • Always prioritize health and safety when making diving or small boat field decisions
  • Keep up-to-date through the OSU COVID-19 page: https://leadership.oregonstate.edu/coronavirus

Becoming an OSU Scientific Diver

Want to join the select few who actually conduct research underwater? Here's how you can get involved. 

Current Scientific Divers

What you need to know to keep your certification current. 

The OSU Dive Plan

Plan your dive and dive your plan. 

Logging Dives

As a Scientific Diver you are required to log at least 12 dives a year to stay in active status.

Maintaining Certification

Dive medical, dive insurance, gear inspections and servicing. All you need to know about maintaining your certification. 

Lead Diver Authorization

Have what it takes to be a Lead Diver? 

Equipment Rentals

Looking to rent some dive gear?

Close Call/Incident Reporting

Here is how to stay compliant and help others learn from our experiences.

Boat Use: Need a Boat?

As an OSU Researcher you have options when it comes to getting on the water. 

A Description of OSU's Scientific Diving Program