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Welcome to Scientific Diving

Welcome to the University of Maine Scientific Diving Program!

For over 40 years, UMaine scientists and students have been using diving as a research tool in the fields of archaeology, biology, ecology, limnology, oceanography, and engineering. Traditionally most UMaine diving has been based at the Darling Marine Center, however, our divers conduct underwater research around the U.S. and worldwide in Australia, the Caribbean, the Arctic, and other regions.

The UMaine Diving Safety Officer (DSO) maintains oversight and operational control of all scientific diving operations and reports to both the UMaine Diving Control Board and the Department of Safety and Environmental Management. The DSO conducts diver training, dive support, and operational supervision for all UMaine scientific diving operations.

UMaine is a member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS), adheres to AAUS standards for the conduct of scientific diving operations and diver training, and fully supports diving reciprocity between AAUS member organizations.

Image Description: Lobster population dynamics; Damariscove Island, Maine

Image Description: Underwater fluorometry of corals; Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Image Description: Human powered submersible testing; Orono, Maine

Contact Information

Scientific Diving
193 Clarks Cove Road
Walpole, ME 04573
Phone: 207-563-8273E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469