Mission & Goals

The mission of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) is to advance and facilitate safe and productive scientific diving. The AAUS was officially chartered in California in 1983 by individuals and organizations involved in the effort to obtain the scientific diving exemption from OSHA commercial diving standards. In the years since, the AAUS has expanded from the original six organizational members to more than 130 organizational members and over 1100 individual members. Organizational membership includes colleges and universities, government agencies, museums and aquaria, environmental and archaeological consulting firms, and community science groups sharing a common thread of the use of diving as a research tool and a commitment to the health and safety of scientific divers. AAUS produces consensual standards for the training and certification of scientific divers and the operation of scientific diving programs, maintains statistics detailing scientific diving activities and incident rates, conducts annual symposia and topical workshops, and directly supports student research.
 

In the Spotlight

Implementing Closed Circuit Rebreathers as an Underwater Science Tool:

A Case Study from the Middle Island Sinkhole in
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

 
Since the introduction of closed-circuit rebreathers (CCR) to the commercial market in the mid 1990s, this technology has opened new frontiers to diving scientists while dramatically expanding the capacity for conducting underwater research within recreational diving limits of 60 to 130 feet. Though commonly associated with technical diving applications, CCRs deployed in recreational depths can greatly increase available bottom time when compared to open circuit (OC) diving modes, especially if used beyond no-decompression limits. This additional bottom time provided by CCRs enables scientific divers to increase in-water productivity and accomplish more of the myriad tasks associated with their research.
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Current Organizational Members

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149

Organizational members comprised of both US and International members in Academia, Aquariums, Government and Consulting firms.

2.4M

Scientific dives logged by members since 1998

0.324 per 10,000 dives

DCI rate for AAUS divers, 1/10 that of recreational divers

$150K

Scholarship money given out since 1996

$155M+

Amount of science dollars supported by AAUS diving in the last 5 years

Contact Us

American Academy of Underwater Sciences
Heather Albright – Operations Manager
PO Box 9067
Mobile, AL 36691-9067

Phone:
251-591-3775

Email:
aaus@aaus.org

Support the Foundation

The AAUS Foundation is a 501c3 charity that provides internships and scholarships to students who utilize scientific diving as a research tool or study scientific diving. Partner with us as we help fund up and coming diving scientist!
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