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Diving Protocols and Forms

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is an organizational member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS). To participate in NURC/UNCW–sponsored diving you must meet one of the following qualification options listed below. Note: all requisite forms are included under each subsection.

Option 1 - Direct reciprocity (for divers coming from an AAUS organizational member institution, NOAA Diving Program, or military dive training).

Option 2 - Exempted diving programs (scientific divers coming from a diving program not affiliated with AAUS, NOAA, or the military can apply for permission to dive under NURC/UNCW auspices if their institution meets the OSHA commercial diving regulations exemption for scientific diving programs).

Option 3 - Temporary diver authorization (for divers unable to meet either of the above options).

Option 4 - VIP authorization (Applicable only under special circumstances and requires prior authorization from center staff).


Note to all divers

Please ensure that all diver qualification documents and physical examination forms are completed and returned no later than forty-five (45) days prior to the start of your research diving mission. North Carolina diver forms should be direct to NURC/UNCW (c/o Doug Kesling). Florida diver forms should be directed to Key Largo Florida (c/o Roger Garcia). These documents must be reviewed and approved prior to your arrival at the dive location. All diving participants will be eligible to participate in specialty training as required. The center will accept EANx certifications from the following agencies; IANTD, ANDI, PADI, NAUI, NOAA and TDI. All divers must review the diving safety rules.

Please direct all questions to:

North Carolina
Douglas E. Kesling
Training and Safety Coordinator
5600 Masonboro Loop Road
Wilmington, NC 28409

Roger Garcia
Dive Safety Officer
National Undersea Research Center
515 Caribbean Drive
Key Largo, FL 33037