Scientific Diving2019-02-22T18:59:54+00:00


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Welcome to the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortiums Diving Safety Program.

The LUMCON Diving Safety Program is a state wide scientific diving network that assists faculty, staff, and students of consortium member institutions in Louisiana and other organizations from around the country to plan, organize and carry out scientific diving operations in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and other LUMCON areas of operation. The Diving Safety Program offers assistance in training, administration of local scientific diving conducted by consortium members, services to fill out dive teams when necessary, the organization of dive teams for non-diving researchers, and access to equipment in the LUMCON diving locker.

LUMCON is currently the only organizational member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) in the State of Louisiana, and meets or exceeds all AAUS standards for scientific diving. LUMCON supports the mission of AAUS to establish and disseminate standards for scientific diving certification and program operation. These standards are consensual guidelines for scientific diving programs in the US recognized by OSHA as the gold standard for scientific diving.

Through affiliation with the LUMCON DSP, divers at consortium members can access resources need to become compliant scientific divers. Current scientific divers can maintain all requirements necessary to meet annual scientific diver standards in order to remain active. The LUMCON DSP offers the following:

• Scientific diving training and certification, and associated courses needed to meet LUMCON, Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) standards
• Review of scientific diving proposals and approval of dive plans
• Filing and maintenance of dive logs
• Acceptance and issuance of scientific diver reciprocity
• Networking for Louisiana scientific divers and divers at other marine science institutions
• Diving assistance, tools, and vessels for underwater research (e.g. support divers, boats, and air sources)
• Resource center for diving safety, equipment, and general diving information
• Opportunities for advanced and diving leadership training
• Campus visits to Consortium institutions by LUMCON’s dive safety officer to oversee testing and checkout dives
• Standard and advanced training courses offered through the DeFelice Marine Center

All DSP concerns and questions should be sent to our Dive Safety Officer at DSO@lumcon.edu. Click here to access scientific diving forms and manuals.

LUMCON is an Organizational Member of AAUS in good standing.

Links for LUMCON Scientific Diving Network Services

Scientific Diver Training 

  • Scientific Diver-in-Training Courses (DIT)
  • Continuing Education Certifications
  • Technical Diving Certification

Maintaining or Regaining Active Scientific Diver Status

  • Current LUMCON Divers
  • Inactive Scientific Divers
  • Scientific Divers from Outside Programs
  • DSO Supervised Proficiency and Depth Dives

Management and Administration of Satellite Programs

  • Maintaining Compliance at Your College or University
  • Become a LUMCON Diving Supervisor at you Institute
  • Help in Setting up a New AAUS Program in Louisiana

Dive Planning or Operations

  • Assistance with Planning and Approval of Dive Ops
  • Help in locating scientific dive buddies or additional team members
  • LUMCON Dive Teams for Non-diving Researchers

Scientific Diving Resources

  • Download the LUMCON Diving Safety Manual
  • LUMCON Dive Program Forms
  • Request an invitation to the private LUMCON Divers Google Group
  • Directions to the LUMCON DeFelice Marine Center

 Resources   ●   Training   ●   Active Diver Status   ●   Satellite Programs   ●   Dive Operations Planning