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URI Diving Safety Program

Diving is an important part of both academics and undersea research at the University of Rhode Island. Many faculty, staff, and students use diving as the vehicle of choice for education, research, and exploration of our underwater world. The Diving Safety Program encompasses two areas:

Academic Diving

Academic diving is inclusive of both for-credit courses and not-for credit recreational and professional certification programs. All dive training complies with WRSTC training standards and meets internationally recognized agency standards. Professional development/certification programs comply with the appropriate OSHA diving regulations.

Please click here for a list of upcoming classes.

Scientific Diving

Scientific Diving refers to the use of diving as a tool or vehicle to conduct undersea research. URI is an organizational member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS), and has modelled its program after these community consensus standards. Scientific diving operations take place under the direction of the Diving Safety Officer (DSO), with oversight of a Diving Control Board (DCB). Divers must be authorized prior to taking part in scientific diving activities on behalf of URI. Please contact the DSO several months in advance of needing to dive for URI research or educational programs.         

URI divers are engaged in scientific diving around the world, with work spanning nearly all disciplines. As a multi- and inter-disciplinary tool, diving based interaction with and examination of the undersea world is an essential component of URI's strengths in the ocean sciences.

Please browse the links to the right for more information about URI's Diving Safety Program.

Dive Program Menu

Contact Information

Anya Hanson
Diving Safety Officer
ph: 401-874-6205

In a diving emergency

Primary response:
  • Call 911
  • Call DAN | 919-684-9111
  • Notify the DSO
For non-emergency
diving medicine inquiries:
  • Call DAN | 800-446-1671