The vast majority of projects approved and supported by the INA Archaeological Committee are conducted under the diving safety auspices of a host institution such as the project director’s (or Principal Investigator’s) academic home. INA recommends you first contact your institution’s DSO to learn more about requirements of the host institution. INA staff will do their very best to make sure that the relationship between your host institution and INA is as seamless as possible, and can assist you in determining the appropriate points-of-contact for diving safety protocols.
Applicants of diving projects may wish to contact INA Diving Safety Officer (DSO) John Littlefield (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss the diving safety parameters of their specific project, necessary paperwork, etc. Be aware that Principal Investigators of ALL INA-approved projects must submit a completed Scientific Dive Plan Application (SDPA) for approval by INA Diving Safety staff, preferably not less than three months before the start of diving activities.
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In addition, all SDPAs should be accompanied with proof (scans or Xeroxes are acceptable) that each diving participant has met the following criteria:
- Diving team members must hold a minimum certification of Open Water Scuba Diver by a recognized agency
- Please submit photocopies of both sides of each participant’s most current scuba certification card. If divers hold additional certifications (e.g., Nitrox) these should also be submitted. If a diver received his/her open water certification from an agency other than PADI, NAUI, SSI, YMCA, or BSAC, review may be necessary. Please contact the INA Diving Safety staff at email@example.com.
- Complete and submit a Diver Experience Record and Contact Information Form for each participant diver
- Each diver should hold current CPR, First Aid, and O2 Administration certifications. Certification in AED use is also highly recommended. These safety precautions are also highly encouraged for non-diving team members of projects that involve in-water activities
- 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). Online certifications are generally not acceptable. Please submit photocopies/scans of both sides of each participant’s certification card(s) with the SDPA.
- Maintain insurance that covers diving-related accidents
- All divers should carry diving insurance through the Divers Alert Network* (DAN) or an equivalent carrier. DAN Master level insurance may be sufficient coverage in most cases, but DAN Preferred level insurance (or an equivalent) is highly recommended for those working outside their home country. Please submit a photocopy of valid insurance cards with the SDPA.
*DAN insurance can be reviewed and purchased online at diversalertnetwork.org or by calling DAN at 1-800-446-2671.
Individuals who fail to comply with these requirements jeopardize the financial support of INA. If you experience difficulty meeting any of these requirements, please contact INA DSO John Littlefield (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible.