Scientific Diving

Science Diving
All diving involving acadamia, research or training falls under the system-wide University of Hawai'i Diving Safety Program. A majority of our faculty and staff are currently diving as scientific divers in support of classes or reserch projects. To be a UH Scientific Diver requires a significant time investment, as each diver requires a lengthy application process, an extensive medical review, and an evaluation of skills tested in the pool and open water environments. Each diver is required to have current CPR, First aid AED and O2 training. This ensures a strong safe program for all divers at UH Hilo.

Interested in becoming a scientific diver?

If you are planning on becoming or working as a scientific diver at UH-Hilo, please contact the Unit Diving coordinator, John Burns, or visit him at the MOP Office, Between Life Sciences C & D.

  • Main web page for UH System scientific diving program

  • Application for scientific diving. (pdf)

  • Medical application for scientific diving.

  • Divers Alert Network (DAN), a great resource for divers
  • Learn more about the MOP Quantitative Underwater Ecological Surveying Techniques summer class!

  • Additional Diving Resources

  • National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI)
  • Nitrox Made Easy, great source for Nitrox information
  • Oceanic Worldwide dive gear
  • Big Island Dive Resources

  • Kona Underwater Photographic Society (KUPS)