Diving & Snorkeling
It is hard to do marine science without getting in the water at some point and this generally means diving or snorkeling. Below 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.
Please contact our Dive Saftey Officer (DSO), Bill Ferrell, to assist with planning your trip and with any questions you may have about diving or snorkeling operations during your stay at KML.
Remember: All forms MUST be received at least 10 business days prior to your expedition for approval.
We wish you a wonderful time under the water in the Florida Keys!
AAUS Diving at KML
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).
PI’s interested in diving should have their program’s DSO submit current AAUS Diving Information for each diver. Including a:
2) proof of medical insurance (DAN, workman’s comp, etc.).
The PI also needs to complete a:
3) Dive Plan Approval Form– for all intended dives at KML.
A new LOR for each diver, as well as a new Dive Plan, must be submitted prior to each dive mission at KML.
Please review the Diving Policy at KML and the Standards for Scientific Diving before your visit.
All forms must be received at least 10 business days prior to the expedition for approval.