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Thread: AAUS SCUBA requirements


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    EEK AAUS SCUBA requirements

    We conduct scientific work underwater, and thus are an AAUS organization. There are a few requirements in order to volunteer with us and help reforest the bay. To acquire the forms to get started or for questions answered, email Brian at bmeux@smbaykeeper.org or post on this thread.


    -Age 18 minimum

    -Rescue diver certification

    -30 hours logged in Southern California conditions or tougher

    -4 logged dives in the past 12 months, 2 in the past 6 months.

    -Current CPR, First Aid, Oxygen Administration certifications

    -Current AAUS-approved medical exam

    -Scuba regulator and alternate service, by an authorized professional, within the past 12 months

    -Current Scuba insurance (DAN, dive assure, etc.)

    -Swim test
    -400 meter swim in 12 minutes
    -Underwater swim of 25 meters without surfacing
    -Tread water for 10 minutes, or 2 minute tread-hands above surface

    -Basic dive skills checkout dive

    The list can look daunting, but it also makes you a safer diver because of it.
    Brian Meux
    Santa Monica Baykeeper Marine Programs Manager
    310-305-9645 ext.107

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    kelp restoration in so cal!

    Don't forget to mention that if you are a DM or higher, you are exempt from the swim test/ skills test! (Unless something has changed, of course...)

    I just wanted to say that I am a VERY proud Santa Monica Baykeeper volunteer diver. I absolutely LOVE doing the work. It is amazing to keep coming back to the same areas and truly see the difference you are making. Being a Baykeeper volunteer has really opened up my eyes. I see things very differently now.

    Would be happy to answer any questions from a volunteer's perspective, if anyone wants to ask.

    Hope to see you on the boat soon!

    (level 5 treehugger)

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