Archaeological Diving Safety Manual
Texas A&M University (TAMU) is committed to preserving the health and safety of its students,
staff, faculty, affiliates, and visitors, and to protecting the environment in which archaeological
SCUBA diving occurs. This manual describes TAMU’s general diving policy, diving
regulations, certification criteria, medical standards, and emergency procedures to ensure diver
safety standards for archaeological scientific diving.
The TAMU Archaeological Diving Safety Manual formalizes SCUBA diving standards and
procedures as they relate to archaeological diving under the auspices of TAMU. This document
outlines standards generally agreed upon by the scientific diving community and articulated in
various forms by major institutions including the American Academy of Underwater Sciences
(AAUS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Indiana University,
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA), which has
been conducting underwater archaeological excavations and coastal surveys around the world in
partnership with TAMU for more than four decades.
Completed forms should be submitted to the chair of the Archaeological Diving Control Board, Dr. Deborah Carlson. firstname.lastname@example.org