Scientific divers are expected to possess a level of knowledge and skill greater than entry level recreational divers. Scientific diver training at UMaine is typically scheduled at two times during the year, but may be scheduled at other times as needed. All scientific diver candidates must possess a diving certification from an internationally recognized training agency. UMaine offers a Basic Scuba course during the spring semester. If necessary to support scientific objectives, special arrangements for basic certification can be made with the DSO.
Scientific diver training is conducted at the beginning of June for divers who plan to engage in research activities at UMaine over the summer months. During this week long session, diver candidates participate in a variety of training activities with the DSO. Divers who complete this session are considered Divers in Training and are qualified to dive under the supervision of a Scientific/Lead Diver until all other requirements are met. This intensive training session is generally restricted to divers who will be diving with UMaine scientists or at UMaine facilities.
During the fall semester, scientific diver training is offered for academic credit as SMS491-Introduction to Research Diving. Conducted in conjunction with the Semester by the Sea Program at the Darling Marine Center and sponsored by the UMaine School of Marine Sciences, this semster-long program is well suited for students who aspire to utilize diving in the pursuit of future research objectives. View the SMS-491 Video
The DSO offers a variety of other training courses including CPR, First Aid, Oxygen Administration, Dive Rescue, Dry Suit, and Enriched Air Nitrox. Courses are offered periodically during the diving season but can be scheduled during other times. Recreational certifications are available for certain courses. Contact the DSO for scheduling and pricing information.
Image Description: SMS491 Student Divers (2008)
Image Description: Drysuit training (January 2010)