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 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.
In addition, all SDPAs should be accompanied with proof (scans or Xeroxes are acceptable) that each diving participant has met the following criteria:
- Be certified at the minimum level of Open Water SCUBA Diver (or higher) by a recognized certification agency (e.g., PADI, NAUI, SSI, or BSAC). If certification was gained through another agency, the diver must petition the INA Diving Safety Officer, at least 60 days prior to the start of the project, for exception.
- A Completed Diver Experience/History Record and Contact Information form must be submitted for each diver. These forms provide a record of the diver’s experience and training as well as emergency contact information.
- Each diver must successfully pass a physical examination, specific to SCUBA diving, using the Medical Examination form (pdf or Word). The examination should be repeated as follows:
Below Age 40: Five (5) years
Age 40 to 59: Three (3) years
Age 60 and older: Two (2) years.
- Each diver must maintain current CPR, Basic First Aid, and Oxygen Administration certifications through a recognized agency. Divers Alert Network (DAN) is the preferred agency since their training is specific to diving accidents. Online training that lack a physical skills component are generally not acceptable to meet this requirement.
- Each diver must maintain an insurance policy that covers diving related accidents relevant to the area in which they will be working. For example, for those divers working within the United States, Divers Alert Network (DAN)- Preferred or Master Level insurance (dependent upon the diver’s state of residence) or equivalent is sufficient. For those divers working outside the United States, a higher level is required to cover return transportation to the divers home country if necessary. For example, DAN Guardian or Preferred Level insurance (dependent upon the diver’s state of residence) or equivalent is sufficient.
- Diving equipment (e.g., BCDs & regulators) should be serviced annually by a dive professional and proof of service should be available for examination.
*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 (email@example.com) as soon as possible.