The Scientific Diving Program at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science has supported the VIMS Dive Team with training and equipment since 1983. As a member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences, we follow AAUS Standards to safely conduct scientific diving operations. This is accomplished jointly by the VIMS Diving Control Board (DCB) and the Diving Safety Officer (DSO).
Our scientific divers often work in the environmentally challenging waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the coastal lagoons of the Delmarva Peninsula. They employ diving for a variety of projects including seagrass and oyster reef ecology, monitoring, and restoration; fish tagging and behavioral studies; coring; and other sampling programs. VIMS scientific divers also participate in collaborative projects with other AAUS organizational members nationally and internationally, by employing a framework of reciprocity as outlined in the AAUS Standards.
To become an AAUS Scientific Diver in Training at VIMS, candidates must:
Services for Scientific Divers at VIMS
Contact Paul Richardson (DSO) unless otherwise noted.
Verification to perform research as a Scientific Diver in Training:
VIMS Dive Plan