Dive & Boat Safety

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two divers training in swimming pool
two divers training in swimming pool
fire extinguisher training
two divers on surface of ocean
diver conducting research in ocean

Course Inquires

Fall's Scientific Diver Course

  • Offered during the 2 weeks prior to the start of the fall quarter plus 1-2 weekends
  • Course dates will be available by May
  • Applications for the fall course can be submitted on May 1st

Spring's Scientific Diver Course

  • Spring Dive Course is Full
  • Contact the DSO to be put on a waitlist
Becoming a Scientific Diver

In order to dive as a Scientific Diver for UCSB, a diver must successfully complete UCSB’s 100-hour Dive Safety Course. This course is offered twice a year and is required for an open water scuba diver who wants to work as a scientific diver for UCSB. Training in the classroom, pool and ocean allows UCSB to meet scientific diving standards and is designed to fine-tune your diving skills and introduce scientific diving techniques. Interested divers should review the course requirements and submit an on-line application.

How to Apply

  1. Should be certified as an Open-Water Diver with:
    - min of 4 cold water (<70F) logged dives within the past 6 months.
  2. Review Course Requirement Packet
  3. Review Coastal Fund Undergraduate Support Fee Program
  4. Submit an On-line Application

Applications are due at least 2 months prior to start of course.
Space is limited and priority is given to UCSB faculty, staff and students.