It is hard to do marine science without getting in the water at some point and this generally means diving or snorkelling. Here we provide most all of the information you will need to dive or snorkel during your stay at KML. For divers in particular, please read the information carefully and be sure to complete all of our requirements in full before you arrive at the lab. Make sure you contact our Dive Saftey Officer (DSO), Bill Ferrell, before planning your trip and with any questions you may have about diving or snorkelling during your stay at KML. Remember: All forms MUST be received at least 14 business days prior to your expedition for approval. We wish you a wonderful time under the water in the Florida Keys!.
DIVERS – READ THIS CAREFULLY: For any dive-related activity at the Keys Marine Lab, all divers must dive under the auspices of an American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) Organization Member’s Scientific Diving program and be approved to dive with KML through the University of South Florida/Florida Institute of Oceanography (USF/FIO) Scientific Diving Safety Office (DSO). Divers must have their program’s DSO submit current Letter’s of Reciprocity (LOR), Release & Waiver of Liability form, and proof of medical insurance (DAN, workerman’s comp, etc.) for each diver wishing to participate on the mission, as well as a completed Dive Plan. A new LOR for each diver, as well as a new Dive Plan, must be submitted prior to each dive mission at KML. The Release & Waiver of Liability is good for one calendar year. Please review the Diving Policy at KML and the Standards for Scientific Diving before your visit. All forms must be received at least 14 business days prior to the expedition for approval.