OSU is an organizational member in good standing with the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) and operations are conducted in accordance with the AAUS Standards for Scientific Diving (May 2013).  All persons conducting scientific diving under the auspices of Oregon State University (OSU) must be authorized to do so and have their dive plans approved by the OSU Diving Safety Officer (DSO) and Diving Control Board (DCB).

Eligibility for Scientific Diver Authorization

To be eligible for OSU scientific diver authorization, a person must be a current student, staff, faculty or approved volunteer and have a need to dive as part of their schooling, research, or work for the University.

The Application for OSU Scientific Scuba Diving Certification and Medical History should be completed by the applicant and submitted to the DSO along with:

  • Copies of all scuba certifications (front and back)
  • Copy of current first-aid certification
  • Copy of current CPR certification
  • Copy of current emergency oxygen provider certification
  • Copies of dive logs for last 50 dives or dives in last 12 months, whichever is greater

And, if applicable, proof of most recent annual service of each:

  • regulator
  • Buoyancy Compensation Device (BCD)
  • cylinder
  • drysuit


Medical Examination

The Medical Evaluation must be signed by the examining physician (not a Physician’s Assistant or Nurse Practitioner) with required tests initialed by the examining physician, then submitted to the OSU DSO. OSU Student Medical Services/Occupational Health Services, Plageman Hall, can perform this physical examination or the applicant may use a physician of choice.  Please note that all tests listed on the form are mandatory- a physician cannot waive any of these requirements. 
No OSU diving or in-water training may be conducted until the medical evaluation is completed.

Scientific Diver Training Options

Scientific Diver Training Options- AAUS standards require a minimum of 100 hours of theoretical and practical training. These may be achieved through a scientific diver course, a combination of a scientific diving course and advanced recreational dive training, or through extensive recreational dive training.  Experience in lieu of training will be determined on an individual basis by the DSO and approved by the DCB. Confined and open water diving evaluations with the OSU DSO or designee may be required for individuals not receiving their training through the OSU Scientific Diving Program. To complete the 100-hour training program, divers must have logs documenting at least 12 hours of bottom time in research. The OSU Scientific Diver Exam must be satisfactorily completed by all Scientific Diver Applicants.

DAN Dive Accident Insurance
The OSU Dive Control Board strongly recommends that all OSU Scientific Divers belong to Diver’s Alert Network (DAN) and maintain dive accident insurance. 

Go to the DAN website
and use referral number 1339703 on your membership application, OR click on image below. (In this way, OSU will receive points that can be used to defer costs of replacement safety training equipment.)


Image of: DAN logo. (click to link)