Research Diving Techniques (Summer Series)

June 18-29, 2018 at the Bodega Marine Laboratory


scientific divingScuba divers involved in subtidal research and/or training programs through an educational institution, such as UC Davis, are exempted from the Federal OSHA regulations concerning commercial diving if they have passed an approved training program. (Among other requirements). This course meets those requirements and those of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS).

UC Davis Research Diving Course will concentrate on diving safety and planning. There will be further development of scuba skills, diving related physics, physiology, dive planning, search and recovery, accident management and diver rescue. Certifications for NAUI Scuba Rescue Diver, DAN First Aid for Professional Divers, and AAUS Scientific Diver will be earned.

This course trains divers in the knowledge and skills needed to manage risks and effectively handle limited in-water problems and diving emergencies. Included are: Diving 1st Aid, O2 for diving emergencies, AED’s, assists, transports, surface rescues and rescues from depth involving both boat and shore based skin and scuba divers.

Along with more development of theory and techniques related to diving, this course will provide lectures and practical application of advanced diving techniques and how to use these diving skills in a subtidal research project will be discussed and practiced.

Course Schedule:

  • June 18-23 at BML for pool, classroom, and ocean training
  • June 24 OFF (recovery and prep for ocean checkouts)
  • June 25-29 Ocean checkout dives (Sonoma Coast)


  • Log of at least 12 openwater scuba dives (*4 cold water dives)
  • Completion introductory scuba course
  • Complete UCD Webdiver application.
  • Bring photocopies of dive logs and certification card(s) to class or send with your application.
  • Prospective divers will need SCIENTIFIC DIVER medical clearance (see Critical Forms or contact the DSO for questions).
  • Pass pool and ocean swim/scuba skills tests.
  • See Sections 4 & 5, of UCD Diving Safety Manual.
  • All privately owned dive equipment must be in good working order and documentation of annual regulator service is to be provided.
  • Current DAN membership and insurance or medical insurance covering hyperbaric treatment. Divers Alert NetworkPlease use UCD’s sponsor number 1382551 when possible.

*Admission is with instructor’s approval only.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: (see estimated equipment expenses)

  • Regulator with alternate or redundant air source. (Divers must show proof of regulator service or purchase in the previous 12 months)
  • Gauges (depth, time keeping, compass, cylinder pressure)
  • BCD with auto inflator compatible with the regulator
  • Full exposure suit (7mm with gloves, hood, and booties)
  • Small U/W slate
  • Mask/snorkel
  • Fins
  • Knife or other cutting device
  • Ocean weight belt (integrated weights ok, but also need weight belt)
  • Underwater Flashlight (backup recommended)


● Couse is limited to 8 students maximum

*Priority is given to UC Davis Staff and Graduate Students

● Complete UCD Webdiver application:

Recommended Texts

  • NOAA Diving Manual 5th Edition. Available from Best Publishing (~$80)
  • NAUI Master Scuba Diver Textbook and NAUI Master Diver Workbook


Pay by check, recharge or PO# provided to the course instructor (make check payable to “Regents of the University of California”).

Students are welcome to find alternative housing/meal accommodations.

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