Scientific Diving

HIMB Scientific Diver using a rebreather for coral reef research

HIMB facilitates scientific diving activities by UH faculty, students, and visiting scientists. Dive training courses are offered annually to UH scientists and students to support their research. Combined with a small research fleet of boats, the training, services, and equipment of the HIMB Scientific Diving facility allow for the planning and completion of research projects in just about every ocean discipline.

UH Scientific Diver Requirements

Contact Details

  • Jason Jones, HIMB Marine Safety Officer
  • Monday - Friday, 9 am-5 pm
  • Phone: (808) 440-8608
  • Email:
  • The University of Hawaii is an Organizational Member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) and complies with the national diving standards set by this agency. Divers looking for authorization to conduct research using compressed gases must complete extensive requirements including the 150-hour Scientific Diver Qualification Course offered through the UH Manoa campus and at HIMB. Divers already accredited and in current status through another AAUS institution may be eligible for reciprocity.

    Any proposed diving activies under the auspices of UH require prior approval from the UH Diving Safety Program. UH scientific divers are also required to follow protocol as outlined in the UH Diving Safety Manual and submit a monthly dive log to the UH DSP. All forms and further information can be found at the UH Diving Safety Program (UHDSP website).


    Group of HIMB SDQC divers
    HIMB SDQC Diver Recording Data
    HIMB Dive Locker scuba tanks
    HIMB dive locker
    HIMB dive equipment locker gas bottle bank
    HIMB Dive Locker Air Fill Panel

    HIMB offers a three-week intensive Scientific Diver Qualification Course (SDQC) each summer. This course includes NAUI Rescue Diver, NAUI Master Diver, and NAUI Nitrox certifications as well as the DAN Diving First Aid for Professional Diver certification and authorization as scientific diver in the UH Diving Safety Program. Divers learn a wide breadth of rescue techniques, search and light salvage techniques, navigation, habitat assessment and quantification, night and deeper diving considerations, and blue-water techniques.

    HIMB Scientific Diver Qualification Course

    The HIMB SDQC is an intensive three week course that runs every day from 8am-6pm. The course cost is $800.00 and includes all materials, use of HIMB cylinders (air and nitrox), and use of HIMB boats during the class. Divers must provide all of their own scuba equipment including weights. Location of the course is at HIMB, Kaneohe, Hawaii, USA.


    The HIMB dive locker maintains scuba and breathing air equipment for use by authorized divers in the program. Our Bauer compressor air quality is tested semi-annually to CGA Grade E Modified for Oxygen Compatibility standards (current results are here). We have the ability to partial-pressure blend standard and custom nitrox and decompression gas mixes, fill rebreather oxygen and diluent cylinders, and fill emergency oxygen kit cylinders. The dive locker scuba cylinder inventory includes various sizes of aluminum and steel cylinders for use with air and nitrox mixes.

    We have three sets of Oceanic OceanPro buoyancy compensators and GT3 1st/2nd stage regulators with Oceanic Veo100 Nx nitrox- programmable dive computers available for use by visiting and in-house researchers. The dive locker also has the necessary test equipment to provide the annual service required by the UH Diving Safety Program for most manufacturer’s buoyancy compensators, regulators, and computers/depth gauges.

    We also have DAN emergency oxygen kits available for use in Kaneohe Bay or for extended field excursions.




    Air cylinder use fee

    $5 / diver / day (includes unlimited daily use of air cylinders
    Nitrox cylinders $10 / cylinder (any mix)
    Oceanic Regulator w/ computer $5 / day

    Oceanic BC

    $5 / day



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