Scientific Diving

One of the oldest, largest, and most active science support programs of its kind in the United States 

Scripps Oceanography's Scientific Diving Program trains and supports scientists, students, technicians, and volunteers in the use of underwater techniques and technology necessary to safely conduct their research in underwater environments.


About Scientific Diving

Through the promulgation of effective standards, thorough training, and broad science support and oversight, the Scripps Scientific Diving Program promotes diving safety and scientific productivity.

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Scientific Diving Training

The Scientific Diving Program is available to Scripps/UC San Diego students who will be conducting underwater science for their studies and future careers.

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Scripps SCUBA DIVERsity Program

The program seeks to increase access to SCUBA training for outstanding undergraduate and graduate students who want to contribute to subtidal research and explore the ocean, and faced, or face, barriers to inclusion in the dive community.

Elegibility and application information

scientific diving program history


Scripps Institution of Oceanography has been at the forefront of underwater exploration for more than 100 years.

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The Scripps Academic Fleet and the Small Boating Course provide students and faculty access to the global oceans and programs that train ocean goers on best practices for operating small vessels. 

Scripps' Research Fleet

Small Boating Program

Centers and Programs

Scripps Institution of Oceanography is home to interdisciplinary scientific research centers and major programs.

Research Facilities

Scripps Oceanography is home to cutting-edge research facilities and scientific equipment.


Faculty and researchers operate important research labs that help understand and protect the planet.