Scientific Diving Program

The Scientific Diving Program began at UA in 1988. We work under the auspices of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS). With multiple courses that involve scientific diving and various subtidal research projects, we have an active Scientific Diving Program, averaging approximately 40+ active divers per year. Diving courses and projects are mostly cold-water, drysuit diving and take place across Alaska and the Antarctic.

For more information, contact:

Brenda Konar
(907) 474-5028

Diving Control Board Members

News article:
Diving program gives students tools and experience for underwater research


Fairbanks Dive Classes

Term Course Number Credits Intructor
Every Spring Scientific Diving MSL 220 2.0 CR Brenda Konar
Every Spring Field Studies in Subtidal Ecology MSL 421/623 2.0 CR Brenda Konar
Summer—even years Kelp Forest Ecology MSL 456/656 4.0 CR Brenda Konar
Summer by demand Advanced AAUS skills MSL 395 1 CR Brenda Konar


Diver Certification Expiration

CPR, First Aid, O2 & Medical Expirations


Scientific Diving Safety Manual
(437 KB PDF)



NSF Office of Polar Programs, Standards for the Conduct of Scientific Diving


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