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Welcome to Scientific Diving

Welcome to the University of Maine Scientific Diving Program!

Lobster population dynamics; Damariscove Island, Maine

Lobster population dynamics; Damariscove Island, Maine

For over 40 years, UMaine scientists and students have been using diving as a research tool in the fields of archaeology, biology, ecology, limnology, oceanography, and engineering. Traditionally most UMaine diving has been based at the Darling Marine Center, however, our divers conduct underwater research around the U.S. and worldwide in Australia, the Caribbean, the Arctic, and other regions.

Underwater fluorometry of corals; Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Underwater fluorometry of corals; Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The UMaine Diving Safety Officer (DSO) maintains oversight and operational control of all scientific diving operations and reports to both the UMaine Diving Control Board and the Department of Safety and Environmental Management. The DSO conducts diver training, dive support, and operational supervision for all UMaine scientific diving operations.

Human powered submersible testing; Orono, Maine

Human powered submersible testing; Orono, Maine

UMaine is a member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS), adheres to AAUS standards for the conduct of scientific diving operations and diver training, and fully supports diving reciprocity between AAUS member organizations.

Scientific Diving
193 Clarks Cove Road
Walpole, ME 04573
Phone: 207-563-8273
E-mail: crigaud@maine.edu
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1865