If you plan to conduct a project with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, your application must first be submitted to the Archaeological Committee for approval. Principal investigators of approved projects that involve diving should contact INA Diving Safety Supervisor John Littlefield (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss the diving safety parameters of their project, necessary paperwork, etc.
Be advised that the vast majority of projects approved and supported by INA are conducted under the diving safety auspices of a host institution such as Texas A&M University or the principal investigator’s academic home. The INA staff is here to make sure that the relationship between your host institution and INA is as seamless as possible, and can assist you in determining what the appropriate points-of-contact are for diving safety supervision. If you are a student, staff, or faculty member of a university, INA recommends you contact your institution’s DSO to learn more about any additional requirements your university may have.
PLEASE NOTE: Principal Investigators of all INA-approved projects must complete and submit (to email@example.com), no less than one month before departure, a Scientific Dive Plan Application for approval by INA Diving Safety staff. Directors of projects operating under the auspices of their academic institution(s) need only forward to INA copies of diving safety paperwork filed with their respective institution(s). Download the form prior to filling it out.
Please note that regardless of which institution is responsible for diving safety supervision, ALL diving participants in INA-approved projects must furnish proof that they have met the following criteria:
- Minimum certification as Open Water Scuba Diver by a recognized agency
- Please submit photocopies of both sides of your scuba certification card. If you have additional certifications (e.g., Nitrox, Advanced, Rescue, Dive Master, etc.) these should also be submitted. If you received your open water certification from an agency other than PADI, NAUI, YMCA, or BSAC, please contact the INA Diving Safety staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Complete and submit the INA Diving Record and Contact Information Form
- Complete CPR and Basic First Aid certifications every year (or as required by the certifying agency)
- Preferable certifying agencies are those that cater to diving related training (e.g., DAN, PADI, NAUI), but other major agencies are also acceptable (e.g., American Red Cross, American Heart Association). If you plan to seek certification from another agency, please contact the Diving Safety staff at email@example.com prior to training. Please submit photocopies/scans of both sides of your CPR and First Aid certification card(s) to the Diving Safety staff.
- Complete an Emergency Oxygen Administration Course every two years (or as required by the certifying agency)
- Preferable certifying agencies are those that cater to diving related training (e.g., DAN, PADI, NAUI), but other major agencies are also acceptable (e.g., American Red Cross, American Heart Association). If you plan to seek certification from another agency, please contact the Diving Safety staff at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to training. Please submit photocopies/scans of both sides of your Oxygen Administration certification card(s) to the Diving Safety staff.
- Maintain an insurance policy that covers diving-related accidents.
- All INA divers should carry Divers Alert Network (DAN) insurance at a minimum of the Master Level for domestic projects. Divers working outside the U.S. should maintain insurance at the Preferred Level. The annual cost of DAN membership with Master level insurance is approximately $75 per year and approximately $110 per year for the Preferred Level. DAN insurance can be purchased online at diversalertnetwork.org or by calling DAN at 1-800-446-2671. Please submit a photocopy of your insurance card to the Diving Safety staff.
Previous participants in INA diving projects may email the Diving Safety staff to ensure that their file is current. Divers should also provide their Project Director with copies of these documents. Individuals who fail to comply with these requirements jeopardize the financial support of INA and will not be permitted to participate in INA-approved diving projects. If you experience any difficulty meeting these requirements, please contact the Diving Safety staff as soon as possible.