Marine Biological Laboratory/University of Chicago


Updated December 2018 AAUS
Updated 21 March 2019 MBL

Based on The American Academy of Underwater Sciences Guidelines


Since 1951 the scientific diving community has endeavored to promote safe, effective diving through self-imposed diver training and education programs.  Over the years, manuals for diving safety have been circulated between organizations, revised and modified for local implementation, and have resulted in an enviable safety record.

This document represents the minimal safety standards for scientific diving at the present day.  As diving science progresses so must this standard, and it is the responsibility of every member of the Academy to see that it always reflects state of the art, safe diving practice.

American Academy of Underwater Sciences


The Academy thanks the numerous dedicated individual and organizational members for their contributions and editorial comments in the production of these standards.

Revision History

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This Diving Safety Manual has been and reviewed, rewritten and accepted by the DCB to meet the current needs of the Marine Biological Laboratory located in Woods Hole MA.  It is the purpose of the Marine Biological Laboratory, as an organizational member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences, to ensure that MBL adheres to and is compliant with the most current version of the AAUS Standards for Scientific Diving.

The Marine Biological Laboratory(MBL), a private nonprofit institution established in 1888, as an international center for research, education, and training in biology.  The MBL hosts major year round research programs including those in cell and developmental biology, molecular evolution, neurobiology and sensory physiology, and ecosystems studies.  Each summer, more than 800 scientists and advanced students from around the world join MBL’s year round community to study a diverse variety of aquatic life.   Many of these studies require diving activities as part of the research, being conducted.  In order to safely conduct these activities MBL complies with standards established by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS).