Scientific Diving Program

The Division of Diving Safety ensures that all underwater diving conducted under the auspices of the University of California, Berkeley is done in accordance with the standards and policies established by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences and the Berkeley campus.

A University scientific diver permit is required for anyone diving for science using University equipment, diving from University-owned property, or diving as a student or employee of the University. The Diving Safety Program provides opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to obtain a scientific diver permit.

Forms and Manuals:

Diving Safety Manual

Small Boat Safety Manual

Scientific Diving Application


Diving Safety Officer: James Hayward, (510) 642-1298,