The Diving Safety Program promotes awareness of the unpredictability of the marine environment and prepares divers to practice the proper safety procedures in order to prevent and/or respond to the health and safety challenges likely to be experienced in FIU sanctioned scuba diving activities.
Each year, an average of 30 divers performs over 1000 dives and 45,000 minutes of underwater time. Approximately 900 boating missions take place annually as well. In all, there are over 100 researchers participating in marine research annually at FIU.
To implement safety, training and diving requirements that will reduce the risk of injury to university employees during research and diving activities involving sharks, a new shark handling and research diving procedure has been released.
See the updated Shark Diving Procedure here.