AAUS Diving Officer and Scientific Diver Certifications: The Need for Quality Control.

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AAUS Diving Officer and Scientific Diver Certifications: The Need for Quality Control.

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Title: AAUS Diving Officer and Scientific Diver Certifications: The Need for Quality Control.
Author: Lang, MA; Egstrom, GH; McDonald, CM
Abstract: A roadmap is outlined as a model for an American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) 'Diving Officer' and 'Scientific Diver' certification program. AAUS historically has relied on nationally recognized diver training agencies for its scuba instructor and entry-level diver certifications, yet neither commercial nor military diving entities have done so. The specificity of training requirements necessary to becoming a qualified scientific diver has been fundamental to the evolution of AAUS. Indeed, the concept of reciprocity is based upon a verifiable level of standardized scientific diver training. As AAUS has evolved, it has become increasingly obvious that a clear definition and implementation of scientific diving training standards is fundamental to its continued successful development in support of scientific diving programs. Further, there is a need to develop quality control mechanisms due to an often transient scientific diver population. A reduction of the multiple mechanisms for organizational member program scientific diver certification through a standardized approach will help meet this need. The AAUS Diving Officer and Scientific Diver certification program would result in: a) imposition of a measure of quality control; b) reduction of reliance on recreational diver training agencies; c) generation of additional revenue for AAUS; and, d) retention of control of scientific diver certification standards. An implementation plan is offered for AAUS consideration, including promulgation of certification standards and procedures, training materials, liability exposure, quality control, and program roll-out to the diving community. If AAUS is indeed 'self-regulated,' it is necessary to demonstrate the implementation mechanics for such self-regulation.
Description: American Academy of Underwater Sciences (http://www.aaus.org/)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/6988
Date: 2007

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