SMS 324 - Introduction to Research Diving

This course provides an introduction to research diving and satisfies the 100 hours of required training for scientific divers as prescribed by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS).  This training is required to participate in scientific diving activities at many universities, including UMaine, and at all AAUS member organizations throughout the United States.  Students will be instructed in advanced diving skills, dive rescue, oxygen administration, and research diving techniques.  Practical field diving activities will be a large focus of the course.  Following successful completion of course objectives, students will be eligible to participate in diving research projects as a scientific diver-in-training or scientific diver.  Students may also be eligible to apply for applicable recreational diving certifications.  Participation is not a guarantee for certification.  The course is taught by the UMaine Diving Safety Officer (DSO), selected UMaine faculty, and guest lecturers experienced in using scuba diving as a research tool.  Field trips during class time are required.  Transportation to Orono to pool sessions will be provided.

Prerequisites: Permission

Course Typically Offered: Fall

Credits: 3

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