CRAMP Diving Protocols
Dive Safety Officer Approval
All CRAMP dive operations are conducted under the scientific diving guidelines published by the American Academy of Underwater Scientists (AAUS) and pre-approved by the University of Hawai‘i (UH) dive safety officer, Dave Pence. A detailed description of the UH Dive Safety Program can be found at http://www.Hawai‘i.edu/ehso/diving . Our Dive Safety Officer has determined that the CRAMP diving activities fall within the scope of scientific diving and meet the requirements of the University of Hawai‘i Diving Safety Program for research programs. All divers are certified as scientific divers under the UH Dive Safety Office or have been approved by the UH DSO under reciprocity agreements. Non-UH divers must be cleared by the UH DSO under reciprocity agreements between UH and other agencies such as the State of Hawai‘i , Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). All divers involved in CRAMP surveys are highly experienced in scientific field survey techniques. Divers are experienced in buoyancy control and avoid careless movements that might damage corals. The digital video and photographic record of the bottom provide a permanent record to show that contact damage is not a problem on our transects.
UH Diving Safety Officer (on right) checks CRAMP diving practices during survey off Moloka‘i.
The University of Hawai‘i Dive Safety Program has approved the following CRAMP sites within the dive plans that are reviewed and renewed with appropriate modifications every 6 months by the University of Hawai‘i Dive Safety Officer, Dave Pence. Emergency Management Plans are also filed bi-annually with the dive safety office. These include risk management assessments and the emergency contacts for each site.
General Scientific Dive Plan:
CRAMP dive operations always follow the detailed specific guidelines described in the UH Dive Safety Manual (http://www.Hawai‘i.edu/ehso/diving).
The general pattern of diving and techniques used in the survey are described under Site Survey Protocols.
Last Update: 04/21/2008
By: Lea Hollingsworth
Hawai‘i Coral Reef Assessment & Monitoring Program
Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology
P.O. Box 1346
Kāne‘ohe, HI 96744