Introduction to Research Diving | SMS 324

Students will be instructed in advanced diving skills, dive rescue, first aid and oxygen administration, and research diving techniques.  Practical field diving activities will be a large focus of the course.  The course will be taught by the UMaine Diving Safety Officer (DSO), selected UMaine faculty, and guest lecturers experienced in using scuba diving as a research tool.  Following successful completion of course objectives, students will be eligible to participate in diving research projects as a scientific diver-in-training or scientific diver.  Students will also be eligible to apply for applicable recreational diving certifications.  Participation is not a guarantee of certification.

If you have a recreational diving certification and hope to pursue scientific diving in your academic career, this is the class for you! Interested students should visit the UMaine Scientific Diving website for detailed information about this class.  Contact Chris Rigaud at for further details.

Please visit the UMaine Scientific Diving website for detailed information about this summer class and prerequisites.

Instructor: Christopher Rigaud, UMaine Diving Safety Officer

  • Register through UMaine’s Summer University
  • Instructor permission required to register. Will not be registered until required pre-course documentation is complete.
  • Course dates: Wednesdays, June 18-August 17, from 8am-5pm
  • SMS 324 incurs regular UMaine tuition and fees
  • Credits: 3
  • Course fee $700 + tuition (course fee subject to change)
  • Course size:  participants 8
  • Travel tips and driving directions.
  • For more information about the DMC, please contact Matt.

About UMaine’s Summer University

Summer courses at the DMC are part of UMaine’s Summer University. These accredited courses are open to students from UMaine and other institutions. They incur regular UMaine tuition and fees.

UMaine students can register directly through MaineStreet and obtain any necessary permissions through the School of Marine Sciences administrative office. Non-UMaine students should contact the DMC Programs Manager, Matt, who will facilitate obtaining any necessary permissions and provide links for registering through UMaine’s Summer University. Registration opens February 1.

Summer courses at the DMC may include weekend/holiday class sessions or independent study. Students should plan to be available for course work for the duration of the course(s). Many classes run concurrently or overlap by a few days. Most conflicts can be resolved so students can enroll in multiple courses. Almost all permutations of courses are possible.

Summer courses at the DMC offer unique opportunities for undergraduate capstone and honors thesis projects. UMaine students enrolled in these courses and in need of a capstone project are encouraged to contact the instructor.

Room and board are usually available at the DMC for all summer courses(Due to COVID-19, it is unknown if housing will be available for this course). Rates are comparable to those paid on campus during the regular academic year. If you require housing for a summer course taught at the DMC please contact our Programs and Communications Manager, Matt Norwood, at