Scientific diving

The scientific diving program is based on the Canadian Association of Underwater Science (CAUS) regulations and is administered by the Marine Safety Committee, as part of our Marine Safety program. This program assists researchers in safely performing underwater studies using the various forms of diving as a scientific tool.  

The scientific diving program is outlined in the UVic Diving Safety Manual for Open Water Diving.

In order to participate in scientific diving you must register to become a scientific diver. You must also complete a project proposal form before beginning your scientific diving project.

Diving registration

All scientific divers must be trained and certified before beginning underwater research.  

Before being accepted into the scientific diver program, a diver must be an openwater diver with five logged dives.

Once accepted into the program, the following must be completed:

Candidates will also be required to complete the CAUS theory exam and a swimming/diving skills evaluation.  Other components of the program may include first aid, CPR, use of oxygen, rescue diving, and a dive medical.

Please contact the Diving Safety Officer, uvicdso@uvic.ca for more information.