VIMS Dive Team

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Sample Diving Program Training Schedule

The following schedule contains training opportunities for existing Dive Team members and new applicants. Participation requires (at a minimum) the payment of the user fee and, for underwater components, an approved diving medical exam. Class space is limited. Those that involve open water diving are also subject to funding limitations, particularly those that involve travel. Attendance by itself does not constitute successful class completion.  Please contact the Diving Safety Office with questions.

The two categories which follow are for existing diver and new diver.


Existing Diver

First Aid, oxygen administration and CPR are now required of all divers. These classes are conducted by the Safety Office. CPR is usually held the 1st Wednesday of each month. Contact the Safety Office for registration in those classes. The classes which follow are through the Diving Safety Office. All classes are limited to a maximum of 5 participants or a minimum of 2.

*****Class descriptions available from Diving Safety Office***** 


New Diver 

Divers must have a MINIMUM of 100 hrs. of training beyond basic SCUBA certification to be authorized as scientific divers (AAUS Standards, 1997). Until the required hours have been met, a diver is considered a scientific diver-in-training, and is to be under the strict supervision of an authorized scientific diver at all times. The number of credit hours for each of the following training components is shown. The number of training hours required of each applicant will be determined by the experience summary submitted by the applicant, but it MUST include the orientation, written exam, swim test, open water checkout, CPR, first aid, and oxygen administration. Credit will be given (at the rate shown) for current certifications provided upon application.

  • Total hours required of ALL applicants REGARDLESS of diving intentions. 55 
  • In addition to the required 55 hrs. above, applicants whose diving intentions include the following activities will be required to provide (or obtain) Advanced SCUBA certifications, or document experience equivalent to this level of certification.

    Due to budgetary constraints within the program, the Diving Control Board is currently of the opinion that any costs associated with advanced training/certification (only) be shared with the departments/programs that will benefit from the training.

    The credit hours for advanced certification or equivalent experience is 40 hours plus the hours required of all applicants (55 hrs.) TOTALING 95 hrs

    The balance of required training to meet the 100 hrs. AAUS minimum can be selected from the following, based on the applicant's diving intentions. These classes are on the existing diver schedule, and are on a space-available basis for new applicants.