Diving Safety Program Office

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Mauritius BellUnit Diving Coordinator: Mauritius Valente Bell
Office: Marine Option Program (MOP) Shop
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday
Phone:(808) 217-5776 or (808) 932-7622

e-mail: mvbell@hawaii.edu

Supervisor: Ken Ikeda, UH Hilo EHSO Director in coordination with UH Diving Safety Program at UH Mānoa
Unit: Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs, Marcia Sakai

The UH Hilo Unit Diving Coordinator (UDC), housed under the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs unit, reports to the office of Environmental Health and Safety. As an extension of of the UH Diving Safety Program at Manoa, an organizational member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences, the UDC is responsible for ensuring that scientific diving at UH Hilo is conducted in compliance with the UH Diving Safety Manual. As the number of marine research grants and programs utilizing diving to observe, collect and analyze field data has increased, so has the number of Scientific Divers. The UDC provides diver training and oversight in support of such programs.

The UDC also oversees complex dive operations, maintains records and equipment in accordance with UH Diving Safety Program requirements, and assists faculty and students with development of research proposals and dive plans.

Mission

The Diving Safety Program (DSP) at UH Hilo, as part of the UH Diving Safety Program at UH Mānoa, provides training, equipment, oversight, and consultation in support of safe research diving conducted through the various institutional departments and entities. The DSP is committed to offering the following quality services for faculty, staff and students utilizing compressed gas diving in their research:

  • Diver Training
  • Dive Plan Review
  • Dive Equipment Inspection
  • Dive Support and Supervision
  • Diver Evaluation and Qualification

Vision

To serve as a catalyst for the promulgation of safe, efficient underwater research conducted while diving under the auspices of the UHDSP.

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For More Information

The UH Hilo Diving Safety Program is administered through the UH Mānoa EHSO. Please see the following for additional program information: http://www.hawaii.edu/ehso/diving/.