Scientific Diving Program

The Scientific Diving Program began at the University of Alaska in 1988. We work under the auspices of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS). With multiple courses that involve scientific diving and various subtidal research projects, we have an active Scientific Diving Program, averaging approximately 40+ active divers per year. Diving courses and projects are mostly cold-water, drysuit diving and take place across Alaska and the Antarctic.

For more information, contact:

Brenda Konar
(907) 474-5028

For information on Sitka dive classes, contact:

Joel Markis
(907) 747-7760

For a list of Diving Control Board members, please see the Scientific Diving Safety Manual [PDF].
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Diving program gives students tools and experience for underwater research

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Fairbanks Dive Classes
Term Course Number Credits Intructor
Every Spring Scientific Diving MSL 220 2.0 CR Brenda Konar
Every Spring Field Studies in Subtidal Ecology MSL 421/623 2.0 CR Brenda Konar
Summer—even years Kelp Forest Ecology MSL 456/656 4.0 CR Brenda Konar
Summer by demand Advanced AAUS skills MSL 395 1.0 CR Brenda Konar
Sitka Dive Classes
Term Course Number Credits Intructor
Fall & Spring Basic Scuba Diving – Open Water and Drysuit Diver FT 188 3.0 CR Joel Markis and Reid Brewer
Fall & Spring Advanced Scuba Diving FT 189 1.0 CR Joel Markis and Reid Brewer
Spring Scientific Diving – Rescue and Research Diver FT 288 2.0 CR Joel Markis and Reid Brewer
Spring Diving Internship FT 291 3.0 CR Joel Markis and Reid Brewer
Related courses
Spring Cold Water Survival FT 193  1.0 CR  
Spring Small Vessel Operator MTR 119  1.0 CR  
Spring Outboard Motor Maintenance and Repair MTR 120  1.0 CR  
University of Alaska Southeast Alaska Dive Semester 


Diver Certification Expiration

CPR, First Aid, O2 & Medical Expirations


Scientific Diving Safety Manual
(PDF; 437 KB)



NSF Office of Polar Programs, Standards for the Conduct of Scientific Diving


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