The University of Washington's Diving Safety Program assists faculty, staff, and students
in safely using SCUBA as a tool to conduct underwater research. There are approximately 100 divers,
conducting over 2,000 dives per year. The majority of dives are conducted at the
University's Friday Harbor Laboratories although
diving projects take place worldwide.
The University of Washington Diving Safety Manual(pdf) meets and exceeds the
scientific diving standards set forth by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences(AAUS) .
The Diving Control Board is an institutional committee assigned to oversee diving safety for the University. The
Diving Control Board, with the majority of its members being active scientific divers, have the authority to approve
and monitor diving projects, review and revise the diving safety manual, assure compliance with the manual, certify
the depths to which a diver has been trained, take disciplinary action for unsafe practices, and assure adherence to
the buddy system (a diver is accompanied by and is in continuous contact with another diver in the water) for scuba diving.
The Diving Control Board's functions are carried out pursuant to the AAUS Scientific Diving Standards.
Anyone diving under the University of Washington's auspices must be certified as a University of Washington
Scientific Diver and adhere to the standards set forth in the UW Diving Safety Manual. The requirements and steps
to become a UW Scientific Diver are summarized in the Requirements for Scientific Diver Certification document.
This document includes links to the diver registration form, medical evaluation form, and other required forms
needed for diver certification.
Medical qualification is an essential component of obtaining and maintaining Scientific Diver Certification.
Dive physicals must be coordinated through the Employee Health Center (EHC). Medical providers will explain the
options and requirements for medical exams and qualification. Please contact the EHC at 206-685-1026 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University's Diving Medical Officer is Dr. Edmond Kay. Please visit his Diving Medicine Webpage http://faculty.washington.edu/ekayto learn more about
diving medicine and for his contact information for any personal medical questions.
Divers are required to record and maintain their dive logs and personal data on the AAUS Dive Log Database available
at http://washington.diveaaus.com/User/User_Login.asp .
Please contact the Diving Safety Officer at email@example.com for more information.
All student divers not employed by the University and UW employees who dive outside of work for personal reasons are
strongly recommended to have Divers Alert Network (DAN) dive accident insurance or other medical insurance covering
hyperbaric treatment and emergency medical evacuation assistance.
The University of Washington is committed to safe research diving. If you observe potentially unsafe practices,
conditions or have questions, please feel free to report confidentially to firstname.lastname@example.org .