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Dive Training

Scientific Diver-In-Training Process

We recommend you read the DIT Application Flow Chart and the DIT Skill Qualification Checklist to help with the application process. Completion of the DIT process is required for the Scientific Diver Qualification Course and QUEST (MARE 264).

  1. Obtain Open Water or Basic Scuba Certification
  2. Acquire approval from advisor or major professor verifying need for scientific diving
  3. Complete UH Diver Application and UH Diving Medical Exam
  4. Sign up for DAN Dive Insurance (master level or above)
  5. Provide equipment service records or proof of purchase (equipment rentals can be arranged)
  6. Pass pool and open water skill evaluations

Please navigate to the Forms & Information to find all necessary documents for your application.

Diver-In-Training Skill Evaluations

Fall 2019 DIT Checkouts
Dates: Available Upon Request
Spring 2020 DIT Checkouts
Pool Checkout Dates: 3/16/20 & 3/28/20
Open Water Checkout Dates: 3/17/20 & 4/4/20
Note For Students Transferring to UH Hilo
If you have already completed a Scientific Diver training course at another university or institution, you may be eligible to transfer your training to University of Hawaiʻi. Contact the Unit Diving Coordinator for more information.

Courses Currently Scheduled

Scientific Diver Qualification Course

The Scientific Diver Qualification Course (SDQC) at UHH is offered during the summer and as needed during the fall and spring semester. The course is intended to enhance students' diving and underwater research knowledge in preparation for a career in sectors such as marine science, oceanography, conservation, geology, and more. This course is not for credit hours, but for certification and experience. It is an invaluable addition to any prospective diver or scientist’s career path.

Summer 2020 SDQC
Dates: 6/8/20 - 6/26/20
Cost: $600.00
SDQC Course Information
SDQC Application
SDQC Entry Skills List
SDQC Summer 2020 Agenda
Informational Meeting: TBD

Diver-In-Training / SDQC Preparatory Class

This course is designed to prepare students for the University of Hawai'i Diver-In-Training skills evaluation as well as the Scientific Diver Qualification Course (SDQC) entry skills evaluation. Successful completion will result in certification in PADI Advanced Open Water. This course is taught through the University of Hawai'i at Hilo Student Life Center.

Spring 2020 Prep Class
Dates: 1/23/20-3/12/20
Cost: $225.00
DIT/SDQC Prep Course Information
Informational Meeting: TBD

Nitrox Course

The Nitrox Course is offered each semester, with the SDQC being a prerequisite for the course. This course is designed to teach divers how to choose the proper blend of Nitrox for a dive profile, determine maximum depth limits for Nitrox mixtures, analyze breathing mixtures, and plan and safely execute nitrox dives. Divers will learn about the physiology of oxygen and nitrogen; advantages, disadvantages, and risks of nitrox; oxygen toxicity; hazards and precautions of handling oxygen; the concept of Equivalent Air Depth; use of EANx with standard Air Dive Tables; common gas mixing procedures; and more.

Fall 2019 Nitrox Course
Classroom Sessions: 9/10/19, 9/12/19, & 9/17/19 5:30-8:30 PM
Open Water Sessions: 9/14/19 & 9/21/19 (Only need to attend one day)
Cost: $100.00
Spring 2020 Nitrox Course
Dates: TBD
Cost: $100.00

DAN First Aid Professional Responder Course (DFA Pro)

DFA Pro is taught during the SDQC, with refresher courses every fall and spring semester. This course is intended for divers who are required to have first aid, CPR and oxygen first aid training prior to diving as part of their job responsibilities. It combines the training from Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries, Neurological Assessment, First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries as well Basic Life Support: CPR and First Aid. It meets U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines for workplace CPR and first aid.

Fall 2019 Refresher
Dates: TBD
Cost: $60.00

Maintaining Active Diver Status

The following are required to remain an Active Status diver. We recommend you periodically check your diver status and stay up to date on all requirements.

  1. Proof of physical fitness and current medical examination
  2. Current DFA Pro certification
  3. Current DAN insurance coverage
  4. Monthly dive logs (12 dives annually, 1 every 6 months)
  5. Maintain diving equipment (annual inspection, service per manufacturer's specifications)

If your medical condition changes or an injury occurs, we require a physician's approval to return to diving activity.