2015 AAUS Symposium Registration Open

The 2015 AAUS Diving for Science Symposium will be held September 28-October 03, 2015 in Key West, FL.  Registration is open and workshops are filling up fast!

AAUS Standards Change 2013-Required Adoption

In October of 2013, AAUS implemented a change to Sections 4.0 and 5.0 of the AAUS Standards. As of January 2016, all AAUS OMs will be required to adopt and incorporate these changes into their manuals.  Please follow the link below for more information.

2015 AAUS/OWUSS Intern

Follow the AAUS/OWUSS intern as she blogs about her experience at the Darling Marine Center!

2015 Conrad Limbaugh Award Winner

The 2015 American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) recipient of the Conrad Limbaugh Memorial Award for Scientific Diving Leadership is Dr. Jeffrey Bozanic.

AAUS Certification Program

It is time for your annual AAUS-ITI Instructor Renewal.  More information here.

Current E-Slate

Current E-Slate is available on the first of every month.  You can access older editions in the resource library under "publications".


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2015 UW-FHL Ecology Course
    07/20/15 - 08/21/15

2015 UW-FHL Ecology Course

A course entitled Ecology Between and Below Pacific Tides will be offered July 20-August 21, 2015 at Friday Harbor Laboratories.  The 5 week, 9 academic credit hour course is an upper-level Ecology course with tracks available for both diving and non-diving students. This course will allow students, who are qualified, to simultaneously become AAUS-certified as scientific divers, carry out subtidal research projects and earn academic credit. Please see http://depts.washington.edu/fhl/studentSummer2015.html#SumB-4  or contact Pema Kitaeff (pema@uw.edu) for more information.  Applications are due February 01, 2015. 

International Conference on Underwater Sciences, Technology and Education (ICUSTE)
    08/19/15 - 08/22/15

The International Conference on Underwater Sciences, Technology and Education (ICUSTE) will be held from the 19th to 22nd Aug, 2015 at the the City University of Hong Kong. It will be co-organized by the Division of Earth Sciences of the National Natural Foundation of China (NSFC), SKLMP and School of Veterinary Medicine of CityU.This conference will be structured for some invited key presentations, a larger than normal focus on poster presentations, and a considerable time for breakout discussions on key topics. 
The conference will cover interdisciplinary topics of significance with the theme “Tools for Ocean Research”. These discussion highlights and perspectives from the conference may help to guide the research community and funding organizations towards more rapid advancement in the application of advanced underwater research tools and technologies to understand our oceans. 
Email: icuste2015@cityu.edu.hk
Website: http://www.icuste2015.com

NSU Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center Lionfish Tournament

The South Florida Association of Environmental Professionals (www.SFAEP.org) and University of Florida - Florida Master Naturalist Program (http://www.masternaturalist.ifas.ufl.edu) are hosting a Reef Environmental Education Foundation (www.reef.org) Sanctioned Lionfish Tournament, Saturday, September 26th, 2015, at John Lloyd State Park on Dania Beach (Greater Fort Lauderdale).  The Captain’s Meeting will be hosted by the Nova Southeastern University's Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center, and will include a tour of their facilities and a presentation about the lionfish research they are conducting.  The Captain’s Meeting, tour and presentation will be open to the general public, regardless of participation in the tournament.  SFAEP and FMNP are non-profit organizations and will donate the net proceeds of the tournament to lionfish research being conducted at the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center.

For more information, please contact Erik Neugaard at

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AAUS Standards Change 2013-Required Adoption

In October of 2013, AAUS implemented a change to Sections 4.0 and 5.0 of the AAUS Standards.  These changes coincided with the launch of the AAUS Certification Program and adoption of the new format was initially required only for OMs who chose to participate in the program. However having 2 manual templates that are essentially the same, but written in different formats has caused some issues and confusion. So as of January 2016, all AAUS OMs will be required to adopt and incorporate these changes into their manuals.  This should not affect how AAUS OMs conduct their diver training programs, as the standards and procedures have not changed. This does not mean that all OM’s are required to offer the AAUS/ITI certification program. This is a first step in streamlining and un-complicating the AAUS manual. Questions regarding these changes should be directed to Liz Kintzing (ek@cisunix.unh.edu), AAUS Standards Chair; questions regarding the AAUS Certification Program should be directed to Christopher Rigaud (crigaud@maine.edu).

Spring 2015 New DSO Orientation

Spring 2015 New DSO Orientation

The spring 2015 AAUS New DSO Orientation was held April 27, 2015 at Northeastern University Marine Science Center. This program is designed to provide an orientation for new Diving Safety Officers and for existing DSOs who would like more information and an update on particulars of running an AAUS Diving Safety Program at their respective institutions or organizations. Also open to non AAUS organizations who would like more information about AAUS.  The meeting was was well attended by a diverse group of participants from University of Rhode Island, University of Vermont, NOAA, University of Connecticut, University Systems of Georgia, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and others.  AAUS would like to thank our host, Liz Magee, and the presenters, Rick Riera-Gomez, Jim Hayward, Mike Dardeau, Chris Rigaud, Lora Pride and Narineh Nazarian for making this meeting a success.

2015 Awards

2015 Conrad Limbaugh Memorial Award

The AAUS General Membership has nominated the following candidates for consideration as a recipient for the 2015 Conrad Limbaugh Memorial Award for Scientific Diving Leadership; Jeff Bozanic, Danny Gouge, John Reed, and Rob Robbins.   Nominee bios can be found at https://secure.aaus.org/2015_cl_award. Please cast your vote by logging to your individual member profile and selecting ‘voting and polling’ no later than 11:59 p.m. PST. on May 30, 2015.  You must be a full voting member to access the poll.


Scientific Diving Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Scientific Diving Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is presented annually to an individual from the scientific diving community who has made a significant contribution to advancing underwater science and technology. Nominations are sought from the AAUS general membership, and selected candidates are voted for by the AAUS past presidents and previous award recipients. Nominations close May 31, 2015. Please submit the names and contact information for nominees, along with a one-paragraph justification at http://www.aaus.org/lifetime_achievement_award or to John Heine jheine@ucsd.edu


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