VISITING DIVER PROCEDURES

Diving Safety Officers, please make sure that assistant DSOs, administrative assistants, instructors, and anyone else who might be involved with bringing or sending divers to Hopkins Marine Station to dive in the Refuge, are aware of the following procedures:

For visiting classes:
(Group Maximum = 20 divers, unless certain conditions are met - contact the Refuge Manager for details)


1) Please submit a Refuge Use form, with course description & dive schedule, names of instructors, start & end dates, and why it is important to conduct the dive(s) in the Refuge. (Advance notice: at least two weeks).

2) Please submit an accurate list of all divers, including instructors & TAs, with DSO confirmation that all are scientific divers or scientific divers-in-training.

3) Please have all divers fill out waivers completely and legibly. These must match the list of divers. If students carry on a project beyond the class, they need to submit an individual Refuge use form and new waivers (see below).

For individual visiting divers:

1) Please submit a Refuge Use form (At least a month ahead of anticipated start date, to allow time for Refuge committee review/approval). Work in the Refuge may not be started until approval notification has been given by the DSO/Refuge Manager. The dive plan submitted to the visiting diver's own DSO should form the basis of the Refuge Use request.

2) Please submit a letter from the DSO verifying current scientific diver status of diver(s) (reciprocity letter).

3) Please submit a waiver for each diver in the project. (Waiver should be submitted with Refuge use form, or as soon as possible before first dive day).

Additional Notes:

Waivers: please use the current versions of the required forms. When photocopying or printing waivers, please make sure that the text is legible. Waivers need to be filled out completely and legibly. Divers who submit incomplete or illegible waivers will not be permitted to dive from Hopkins.

Dive lockers: keep the dive lockers and surrounding area tidy. Please remove wetsuits outside; don't track sand into showers. Please make sure to take only your own gear when packing up to leave.

Parking: a maximum of 5 cars may be parked alongside the Boatworks building, completely off the asphalt. Parallel parking only, please. Additional vehicles must be parked off-campus. Parking may be limited to fewer than 5 vehicles at certain times.

The DSO/Refuge Manager position at Hopkins is part-time, so visitors need to remember to plan ahead! Last-minute requests will most likely be denied, so please plan accordingly.