Option 1 - Direct Reciprocity
A scientific diver from an AAUS organizational member institution can apply for permission to dive under NURC/UNCW auspices by submitting a Request for Diving Reciprocity Form directly to the NURC/UNCW diving safety officer. The diving safety officer or chairperson of the home AAUS institutional diving control board must sign this form.
A diver from the NOAA Diving Program can apply for reciprocity to dive under NURC/UNCW auspices by submitting a letter of Certification to Dive signed by a NOAA Unit Diving Supervisor (UDS) verifying current diving status with NOAA.
A diver with military diving training and certification can apply for reciprocity by submitting certification documents and evidence of active military diving duty orders. A current diving physical examination must be attached.
Option 1 Forms (PDF)
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).