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Archaeological Diving

Archaeological Diving Safety

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.

All students, staff, and faculty of the Anthropology Department who intend to participate in an archaeological diving project must satisfy these five diving safety requirements:

  1. Be an Open Water Scuba Diver (or higher) certified by a recognized agency
  2. Complete a Diver Data and Contact Information form (Appendix A)
  3. Pass a physical examination using the Medical Examination form (Appendix B)
  4. Maintain current certifications in CPR, Basic First Aid, and Oxygen Administration
  5. Carry Master or Preferred level insurance from the Divers Alert Network (DAN)

These requirements pertain to all archaeological divers in the TAMU Department of Anthropology, regardless of whether they are participating in a project led by TAMU students/faculty or a project under the auspices of another institution or organization.

The objective of these requirements is to enhance and ensure the safety of all divers on a project regardless of whether they are affiliated with TAMU or not. Please consult the Archaeological Diving Safety Manual below for more specific information on these requirements.

TAMU students needing a diving physical should contact Nursing Services Coordinator Tonya Cochran (tonyacochran@tamu.edu) at Student Health Services.

CPR/First Aid/AED training is available locally; visit the website of the American Heart Association to research course times and locations.  Aggieland Scuba offers PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider training.  Occasional opportunities to package multiple certifications in a short-course format will be announced via the NAP Listserv.

Completed paperwork should be submitted to the chair of the Archaeological Diving Control Board, Dr. Deborah Carlson, at dnc@tamu.edu.

Archaeological Diving Safety Manual
APPENDIX A DIVER EXPERIENCE
APPENDIX B MEDICAL FORM
APPENDIX C SCIENTIFIC DIVE PLAN APPLICATION
APPENDIX D DIVE LOG
APPENDIX E INCIDENT REPORT FORM