The NSU Scientific Diving Program operates through the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences.

NSU Scientific Diving Program (SDP)

The Nova Southeastern University Scientific Diving Safety Office oversees the day-to-day operations of the scientific diving program and provides the students, staff, and faculty of NSU with the required techniques, training, and operational support to conduct underwater research while maintaining the highest standards of safety.
The NSU SDP offers undergraduate scientific diving courses (MBIO 3350/MBIO 4350) to train advanced recreational divers to become scientific divers. These courses meet and/or exceed the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) standards and establishes reciprocity for divers to conduct underwater research with other agencies around the country. The SDP also provides AAUS training to NSU graduate students on a select basis, to conduct or support the collection of underwater research data for ongoing or proposed research projects.
The scientific diving program provided at NSU supports numerous research labs focused on coral reef ecology, fish ecology, marine chemistry/water quality, and physical oceanography with project locations including the local reef systems of Southeast Florida, Florida Keys, and the Dry Tortugas, as well as international field work (Bahamas, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Belize, Cayman Islands, Galapagos, Panama, Singapore, Philippines, and Australia). The NSU scientific diving program has over 50 active divers logging more than 3,000 dives annually (open-circuit SCUBA - air/nitrox) in a variety of depths.

Daniel P. Fahy, Ph.D.

Diving Safety Officer
Assistant Research Scientist
Adjunct Faculty

Office: 954-262-3676
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