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Coming Up Next

Here are some of the up-and-coming events and trainings with Deepwater Conservation Initiative. Click on the "Register" button to learn more.


Learn more about DCI diving and conservation projects. Click on the link below to learn more about each project and how to participate.

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The Deepwater Conservation Initiative scientific diving program is designed to bring formal scientific diving to our conservation efforts. Our scientific divers will use accepted data collection techniques to provide valuable information in invasive species tracking, habitat restoration, and coral restoration.

In addition, our scientific diving program brings opportunities for certified AAUS scientific divers to retain their skills through participating in one of our many conservation projects.

AAUS scientific diver training is the preferred training for many marine biology and conservation programs throughout the United States.


AAUS Scientific Diving



Volunteer Application

AAUS Medical Evaluation

RSTC Medical Form

DCI Safety Practices

DCI Liability Release Form


Quagga Mussel Citizen Science

Training Presentation

Observation Form

Donation Form



DCI Annual Report 2023

DCI Quagga Mussel Impact Report

DCI Cleanup/Habitat Restoration Report

AAUS Scientific Diver Certification: AAUS Scientific Diver certification is required to participate in the Deepwater Conservation Initiative scientific program. Current certified divers will need to provide Verification of Training from the AAUS Organizational Member providing the training.

Deepwater Conservation Initiative offers an annual scientific diver certification for divers requiring the certification. The only prerequisite for the course is a current open water certification from a nationally recognized agency. Divers must also hold a current cpr/first aid/aed/o2 administrator for diving certification by the end of the course.


The scientific course is a two-week course consisting of classroom, pool sessions, and open water dives throughout northern Utah. To certify, divers must complete all coursework, diving, a swim/watermanship test, and an open water skills test. 

AAUS certified divers are required to perform a minimum of 12 open water dives with an AAUS Organizational Member in a calendar year to maintain their certification.

Email us for more information, or click the link below to register for our next course:

Cost per student is $1200.

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