New Scientific Divers

SFSU Divers


Steps To Become A Scientific Diver In-Training

Diving Requirements

  1. You must be a currently enrolled student at SFSU or paid university faculty. Unfortunately, the university can not certify volunteers for scientific diving.
  2. Become a certified recreational open water scuba diver through a recognized agency (PADI, NAUI, SSI, etc).
  3. Complete all necessary forms in submit in person or by mail to the SFSU Dive Safety Officer. Forms include:
  4. Create an account on WebDiver, there, you will input your contact information, certification dates, dive logs and equipment inspection. This should be done concurrently with having your other paperwork submitted.
  5. Schedule and pass a swim test and confined water checkout dive with the SFSU Diving Safety Officer.
  6. Schedule and pass an open water checkout dive to evaluate your basic scuba skills, air sharing and underwater navigation.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements, contact the SFSU Dive Safety Officer to discuss your needs.

Steps To Become A Scientific Diver

AAUS standards require that a scientific diver have a minimum of 100 hours of theoretical and practical training. This training is best accomplished through enrollment in a scientific diving course (SF State currently does not offer a scientific diving course). In some instances an applicant can use a combination of advanced dive training (rescue diver, dive master, specialty diver courses, professional or military dive experience)  and field research topics to accumulate the necessary level of training. In such circumstances, the SFSU Dive Control Board will evaluate the applicants experience to determine scientific diver status.

Equipment For Scientific Diving

Print this list to take to your local dive shop.

Basic Required Equipment

The basic gear you should own is what you will use every time you go in the water, regardless of activity. We strongly recommend that you own this equipment and not rent, because having equipment that fits you well and is properly maintained will ensure your safe and enjoyable dive experience. Prices are for budgeting purposes only.

  1. Mask ($50-120)
  2. Snorkel ($20-50)
  3. Fins (must be open heel and adjustable, closed heel fins not permitted, ($50-200)
  4. Boots ($30-60)
  5. Weight Belt ($10-50)
  6. Weights (10% of your body weight plus about 5-10 pounds extra, $2.50/pound)
  7. Fitted wetsuit (buy or rent, 6.5-7.0 mm thickness, $200-500)

Recommended Basic SCUBA Equipment

This equipment can be rented or purchased depending on your needs, though we encourage persons to purchase equipment when possible so that they are assured that equipment fits and is well maintained. Be sure to purchase equipment intended for use in cold water, as equipment designed for tropical water will not perform in our local environment, this is especially true for wetsuits and buoyancy compensators.

  1. Regulator with alternate air source ($200-2,000)
  2. Buoyancy compensator ($200-750)
  3. Pressure gauge ($70-100)
  4. Depth gauge ($70-100)
  5. Compass (recommend to combine 3, 4, 5 into one console, $30-50)

Recommended Ocean SCUBA Equipment

  1. Timing device (can be combined in console, $30-100)
  2. Knife or cutting tool ($30-100)
  3. Surface marker buoy (should have a whistle and glow stick, $30-70)
  4. Dive slate ($5-20)
  5. Dive light (recommended to have a primary light, $30-1500 and a backup light, $30-100)
  6. Dive bag (highly recommended to hold all your gear, especially for boat diving, $30-200)
  7. Goodie bag with clip ($30)
  8. Save-a-dive kit (spare mask strap, fin strap, o-rings, snorkel keeper, etc, $10-30)

Where To Take A Scientific Diving Course

Divers in Catalina