Diving Operations: COVID-19


***Diving Operations: COVID-19***

UMaine diving operations are currently Restricted, in accordance with University of Maine guidance for remote-learning/working,  limited research operations, and social distancing.  Please see the UMaine Coronavirus link at the top of this website for community and University updates and/or contact the UMaine DSO for more information:  crigaud@maine.edu



Scientific/Research Diving Operations

  • Now-Dec.  31–  Scientific divers wishing to conduct or plan diving operations during this time must submit a request for essential research to the Office of Vice President for Research and a Dive Plan to the Diving Safety Officer and Diving Control Board.  Requests will be reviewed on an individual basis as time permits. The UMaine Diving Control Board has formulated procedures and best practices for conducting diving operations in accordance with University policy/procedure and consensus within the broader scientific diving community.  See COVID19 Diving SOP below.

**COVID19 Diving SOP– this document serves as an addendum to the UMaine Scientific Diving Standards, for use during COVID19.


Academic / Training Courses

  • Now-Dec 31–    the Fall Session of our academic Scientific Diving course (SMS324) is being held as scheduled according to University policy/procedures for Returning to Campus.  Student divers wishing to enroll in these courses should submit all documents and forms as described on the course webpage.
  • 2021-  Spring and Summer- sessions of Basic Scuba and/or SMS324-Introduction to Research Diving will be held according to University policy/procedure for in-person/ face-to-face classes for 2021.  Stay tuned to the ‘Diver Training’ page of this website for information and updates.

Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.

-Christopher  Rigaud, UMaine Diving Operations Manager