The Scientific Diver Training program covers diver health, fitness, first aid specific to the environment, confined water training, open water training, dive environments, equipment safety and general diving knowledge. Requires 100 hours of theoretical and practical training including one open water evaluation and eleven open water training dives.

This course is mandatory for any student, faculty or staff member wishing to engage in compressed gas diving for educational or research purposes.

Each candidate is required to attend

  • One date each for Modules 1, 2, 3, 4,
  • Five dates for Module 5
  • Module 6 to be completed concurrently during final open water training session (Module 5).
  • Refund Policy

    A student who has paid for a course or workshop and withdraws 7 days prior to the start date will receive a refund of any registration fees paid, minus a $75 cancellation fee. For more information, please email pdpregistration@fit.edu

    *Please note: No refunds will be issued for individuals attending a live event or conference after the event has occurred.


    2018 Schedule

    MODULE 1: DAN Diving First Aid for Professional Divers/OSHA FSO
    • Feb 3 / Sat: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Feb 4 / Sun: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Feb 10 / Sat: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Feb 11 / Sun: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    MODULE 2: Swimming Evaluations
    • Feb 27 / Tue: 12 noon – 2 p.m.
    • Feb 28 / Wed: 12 noon – 2 p.m.
    • Mar 1 / Thu: 12 noon – 2 p.m.
    • Mar 3 / Sat: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Mar 4 / Sun: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    MODULE 3: Nitrox (Those already Nitrox certified not required to attend.)
    • Mar 13 / Tue: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Mar 14 / Wed: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Mar 15 / Thu: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    MODULE 4: Confined Water Scuba Evaluations
    • Mar 17 / Sat: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Mar 18 / Sun: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    MODULE 5: Open Water Evaluations/Training
    • Mar 24 / Sat: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Mar 25/ Sat: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Mar 31 / Sat: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Apr 07 / Sun: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Apr 08 / Sat: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Apr 14/ Sun: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Apr 15 / Sun: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Apr 21 / Sat: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Apr 22 / Sun: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    MODULE 6: Final Testing / Paperwork Wrap-Up Module 6 to be completed concurrently during final open water training session (Module 5). In addition to the above, each candidate will be expected to complete a regimen of self-study during their own time.