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Connecticut Scuba Academy's Scientific Diving program trains and supports scientists, students, technicians, and volunteers using underwater techniques and technology to conduct research safely in underwater environments. The Academy has multiple partners we collaborate with, offering our students diverse research opportunities.
CTSA's 100-hour course is based on the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) standards. This scientific diver certification is required to dive under the auspices of CTSA and other Government and AAUS Organizational Members like the California Science Center, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), the University of Connecticut Uconn), University of Rhode Island (URI), etc. To be fully certified as an AAUS/CTSA scientific diver, already certified divers with an Open water certification must complete a check-out open water scuba dive with the DSO and at least 11 additional dives under the DSO's or a delegate's direction for a total of at least 12 open water dives. Depending on the individual diver's ability, additional dives might be required for those divers. Divers must demonstrate adequate scuba skills, and knowledge of the local diving environment, complete ALL pool work and lectures and pass a written final exam.
The CTSA AAUS Scientific Diving Course course is recognized and accepted by colleges and universities, government agencies, museums and environmental and archaeological consulting firms, and community science groups worldwide. Two courses are planned annually. The course curriculum includes the following:
Minimum course prerequisites include
In confined water, participants must
Equipment Requirements; Students must provide a mask, snorkel, fins, exposure suit (7 or 5 mm wetsuit, hood, boots, gloves), diving computer, weight belt, weights (~16-20 lbs), and a dive bag. The Academy Dive locker has equipment available for the class, though it is strongly recommended that participants purchase their personal dive equipment. Before making any gear purchase, please consult with Academy Instructors or Diving Locker Supervisor to discuss your best options and pricing.
The Academy Science diving program runs twice yearly, depending on the participants. The course schedule is early spring to mid-summer, then mid-summer to fall.
The Academy runs a special winter course from October to June every year. The winter course is designed to give students plenty of time to complete assignments and extra pool time for skill development. The winter program is perfect for full-time students or individuals with full schedules.
The recreational certification equivalent for the Science diving program is SDI Advanced/ SDI Master Diver/ TDI Advanced Nitrox/ SDI Rescue diver. If a student has any of the aforementioned certifications, the course cost can be adjusted to reflect the student's skill level.
We do offer limited financing!
Course fee includes:
NOT INCLUDED: NOAA Manual, Travel, lodging, meals, incidentals, and optional individual DAN and AAUS membership fees
.Email Academy@ctscuba.org to register
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