Scientific dive training

The scientific diving program is based on the Canadian Association of Underwater Science (CAUS) standards.

This program assists researchers in safely conducting underwater scientific studies on SCUBA.  Divers will be certified as Level 1 (20m/60ft) or Level 2 (40m/130ft) divers.    

Which diving safety course(s) do I need?


CAUS level 1

This course is intended for participants registered in the scientific diving program with an approved project. 

Part 1 - Scientific diving theory via CourseSpaces

  • Complete the online theory course.    
  • Please email  to be enrolled.

Part 2 - Practical

Enrollment is now closed for the 2019/2020 practical training sessions.  To register for the Fall 2020 intake, please contact

CAUS level 2

This course is intended for experienced and current CAUS level 1 scientific divers to increase your depth rating to 40m/130ft (as opposed to 18m/60ft).

The course will consist of classroom and practical exercises to increase your knowledge as well as understanding safety requirements and the additional risks of deep diving.  

Upcoming session

Date Time Place
Please contact with your expression of interest.


Surface safety attendant training

Surface safety attendants provide support for diving operations by remaining on the surface and monitoring top-side hazards and have the authority to abort the dive if there is any risk to the health and safety of divers.

All surface safety attendants must be approved by the UVic Diving Safety Officer.  Contact  with your expression of interest.

To be certified as a surface safety attendant, you must hold a current First aid with CPR certification (OFA level 1 or equivalent) and complete the following:

Part 1 - Surface safety attendant training via CourseSpaces

  • Complete the online training course
  • Please email to be enrolled.

Part2 -

  • Complete dive accident management & oxygen certification course.

Dive accident management

This 2 day course is intended for divers working under an approved project as part of a scientific dive team and in need of certification.

Upcoming session 

Training sessions have now been completed for the summer 2020 fieldwork season.  To register for the Fall 2020 intake, please contact

Annual check-out dives

Please email to enquire about the next date for check-out dives.