Scuba Requirements & Training

Mote Marine Laboratory is a member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS), and follows all the same rules and regulations. Our staff includes highly trained and experienced scientific divers who are available to provide assistance with most aspects of field work.

Certified Divers from AAUS-affiliated Institutions:
Must provide a letter of reciprocity from their dive safety officer.


Non-Scientific Divers:
Individuals interested in diving at IC2R3 who are not certifiied scientific divers with an active scientific diving program will need to meet the requirements to be considered a Mote temporary diver.

Temporary Diver Requirements:

  • Completed Temporary Diver Application form (.pdf ) or (.doc)
  • Minimum of Open Water certification (any agency — provide photocopy of certification card)
  • Completed Medical History Questionnaire (.pdf ) or (.doc)
  • Completed Physician's Approval form (.pdf ) or (.doc)
  • Proof of insurance covering dive accidents (minimum of D.A.N. insurance)

All completed forms and copies of relevant certifications must be submitted to the IC2R3 Dive Safety Officer by mail, fax or email, prior to arrival at the facility for review. Mote also strongly encourages all visiting divers to obtain training in CPR, first aid, and oxygen administration and — depending on the nature of the activity to be conducted at IC2R3 — these may be required.

Scuba tanks and air fills can be provided at minimal cost. Other dive equipment is not available on-site, but arrangements can be made with a nearby local dive shop for equipment rental at reduced rates for Mote visitors.  Weights are provided at no cost, but divers need to provide their own belt. 

Dive and Safety Training

The IC2R3 Dive Safety Officer is a certified Scuba Instructor, Red Cross first aid and CPR Instructor, and D.A.N. oxygen administration instructor.

For information on Mote's diving requirements, policies and training, please contact:

Erich Bartels
Dive Safety Officer
The Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration
24244 Overseas Highway
Summerland Key, FL 33042
(305) 745-2729, ext. 305 (office)
(305) 395-8729 (cell)
(305) 745-2730 (fax)