Scientific Diving

EMBC+ MODULE 4: Transferable Skills

By the end of knowledge development, student divers will be able to explain:
What is scientific diving?
i. Diving in the name of science
ii. Scientific diving history
iii. Where and who does scientific diving
iv. Legal status of scientific diving
v. Who is a scientific diver?
vi. Scientific diving applications ?

Sampling stations and designs
• Setting a sampling station from the surface
• Setting a sampling station in the bottom, sand and rock
• Setting fixed transects
• Fixed point/Compass direction over transect sampling ?

Fish census techniques

Methods for density estimation and census of benthic organisms
• Benthic census
• Sampling grids
• Photography
• Tagging
• Scrape
• Use of suckers

Data management
• Data sheets organization
• How to best carry data sheets underwater
• Data bases

Scientific dive planning
• Emergency plans
• Defining objectives
• Diving team organization and task management
• Equipment features and specifications
• Maximum depth
• Gas management
• Decompression
• Environmental issues

Scientific Diving, Underwater scientific methods

Certified to dive independently to 30m deep (i.e. Advanced Diver or equivalent).
Experience in search, navigation and buoyancy control.


Certified as Scientific Diver
Students will be able to plan and perform a dive with scientific tasks to a maximum depth of 18m of depth
Students will be competent in team sharing of resources and tasks, defining goals and roles.