The Occidental College dive program is a certified scientific diving program that follows all AAUS scientific diver standards.

All divers must be an AAUS certified scientific diver before they can participate in Occidental's dive program. The Ocean Studies Institute (OSI) AAUS Scientific Diving Certification Program is an intensive 14-day course focused on teaching research diving techniques. During the course divers will learn about diving theory, physics, physiology, dive planning and emergency accident management. In-water training will include numerous dives to practice essential data-gathering methodologies, and further develop general diving skills such as beach, navigation, deep, night, and rescue. The course also includes the DAN Diving First Aid for Professional Divers certification training, suitable for First Responders working in remote locations.

Summer 2020 Scientific Diving Courses

June 1-13, 2020

Application Deadline: May 29, 2020


July 27-August 8, 2020

Application Deadline: June 26, 2020


Oxy-affiliated Students: $600, Non-affiliated: $1,200

This course is limited to 12 participants - applicants will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Information for Student and Volunteer Divers

All Occidental dive program participants are expected to provide and maintain their own dive gear. Divers are also expected to log all program dives in Bloop

In order to start diving for the Vantuna Research Group, you must submit the following to our on-campus Dive Safety Officer, Matt Robart.

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