***There will be NO Summer session of SMS 324 for 2024. We are taking some time to revamp as we bring on new staff***

  • Registration for these courses is via the MaineStreet registration process and/or UMaine Summer University.
  • Admission to this course is ‘permission only’ granted by the instructor.  Permission will be considered only after students complete and submit the Pre-Course Documentation noted below.
  • Course capacities are limited, however, prospective students are encouraged to complete and submit the pre-course documentation in the event a space becomes available.  A waiting list will be generated in the order that completed applications are received.

Pre-Course Documentation

Course syllabus, registration instructions, and schedules from 2023 are posted below; please check back in February/March of 2024 for updates.

Individual Diver Forms required for registration are described in the Registration Instruction Letter, and can be found on the ‘Documents and Forms’ page of this website.

SMS324 Academic Diving Syllabus (Summer:Fall 2023) UPDATED

Registration Instructions-SMS324 (Summer& Fall 2023)

SMS324 Tentative Course Schedule (Summer- 2023)

SMS324 Final Course Schedule (Fall- 2023)


Fall Session 2023 Assignments (due on date Noted)

30 Aug.

Follow-Up Registration Letter-SMS324 (Summer:Fall 2023)

Sci. Diver Statement of Understanding and Code of Conduct

PADI Liability Release

Diver In-Training Exercise

DAN Prepared Diver e-learning course (*invitation sent via email)


6 Sept.

General Class Announcements-SMS324 2023

Attendance Policy Addendum (2023)

SMS 324 Homework Expectations (2023)

UMaine Diving Emergency Management Procedures (2023)


Dive Log Assignment (2023)



Dearborn Scholarship Application (2023)

Safe Diving & the Diver

Rinsing Equipment-Regulators

Weighting for Scuba

Halcyon Eclipse BCD Adjustment


13 Sept.

SMS324 Dive Plan (Fall 2023)- to be posted

Piston v. Diaphragm regulators

How to Breathe Like a Pro

Getting There- Diver Propulsion

Getting There and Back-Navigation


20 Sept. 


“The Scuba Science Revolution”

Eelgrass surveys in Eagle Harbor

Morro Bay Eelgrass Sampling


27 Sept. 

UMaine Dive Computer Exercise

Oceanic Veo 4.0 Operating Manual

Dive Computer Considerations (Huggins, 2012)

Safe Habits: Safety Stops

Buddy Checks


4 Oct.

Deep Diving Reexamined

High on Depth

Estimating Air Consumption



11 Oct.

Staying Afloat-BCD Problems

Diving Fizzyology

Shallow Water AGE

Dive Tables Assignment

NAUI No deco Table


SDI-USN Dive Tables



18 Oct.

NBDHMT- Unresp. Diver Rescue

Gradient Factor

GFM Model

Where’s Dave


1 Nov

UMaine Diving Manual/Standards- see Documents & Forms page

Start AAUS Final Exam (e-learning)

Start DAN FA Pro E-learning


8/15 November

Complete DAN FA Pro E-learning


29 Nov

Complete AAUS E-learning Final Exam