Scientific Diver Training

Scientific divers are expected to possess a level of knowledge and skill greater than entry level recreational divers. All scientific diver training at UMaine meets the standards of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS).  Scientific diver training at UMaine is typically scheduled in the Summer and Fall as SMS324-Introduction to Research Diving. In certain circumstances, when scientific needs dictate, the DSO may work with prospective scientific divers to provide on-the-job or customized scientific diver training.  Customized training is generally restricted to divers who will be diving with UMaine scientists or at UMaine facilities.

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.


The DSO offers a variety of other training courses for UMaine scientific divers including CPR, First Aid, Oxygen Administration, Dive Rescue, Dry Suit, and Enriched Air Nitrox. Courses are offered on an as needed basis.  Contact the DSO for scheduling and pricing information.