Program Description

Diving at UCSC includes both recreational and scientific diving. The Office of Physical Education, Recreation, and Sports (OPERS) teaches basic, advanced, rescue and divemaster SCUBA classes and also sponsors the SCUBA Club. Scientific diving at UCSC includes courses and research projects based in Monterey Bay and at sites worldwide.

The Diving Safety Program (DSP) assists, trains and maintains students, faculty, and staff in compliance with UCSC scientific diving regulations, as well as Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) requirements. The Diving Safety Program offers the following:

  1. Scientific diving certification and associated courses needed to meet UCSC, OSHA and AAUS standards;

  2. Review of all scientific diving and boating project proposals;

  3. Networking for UCSC scientific divers and divers at other marine science institutions; (If you need divers to assist with your research or would like to assist on a project, contact the DSP office.);

  4. Resource center for diving safety, equipment and general diving information;

  5. Opportunities for advanced and diving leadership training;

  6. Maintenance of boats and motors, and boating training for scientific divers;

  7. Ensures that the OPERS recreational scuba program meets relevant training standards and regulations.

For more information please contact Steve Clabuesch <> (831-459-4286).



The office for the Scientific Diving and Boating Safety Program is located at the Center for Ocean Health, Room 205, Long Marine Laboratory, Santa Cruz. The DSP's equipment shop is located in the Marine Support Building at the Center for Ocean Health building complex. Recreational dive classes are taught by OPERS instructors at the East Field House on the main campus.