Darling Marine Center

The Darling Marine Center serves as the primary home of the UMaine Scientific Diving Program. The shore side location allows for dive training, equipment testing, and other associated activities to be conducted within a few yards of the laboratory. A heated Dive and Field Staging building is available to prepare, store, and clean scuba gear and other field equipment. Personal storage spaces and warm water showers are also available.


The UMaine Scientific Diving Program encourages all scientific divers to invest in their own scuba equipment.  Scuba cylinders and air fills are available at the Darling Marine Center.  Diving operations that demand a large number of  cylinders should consider acquiring project specific cylinders.

Equipment Rental 

UMaine has a limited number of BCDs, regulators, dive computers, and weights available for loan/rental to scientists and students;  all other equipment must be provided by individual divers (see UMaine Diving Manual for required equipment).  Contact the DSO regarding equipment availability and fees well in advance of your intended use date.