Academic Diving Program

Department of Kinesiology


Standards and Objectives

For past ten years, students from the School of Public Health (SPH), College of Arts and Sciences Department of Anthropology, School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), and more recently the Individualized Majors Program (IMP), have been collaborating on course work, research, and field projects relating to underwater resources, as coordinated by the SPH Underwater Science Program. The Indiana University Underwater Resource Management Certificate formalizes these inter-school relationships, as well as acknowledges undergraduate achievement. Furthermore, it gives students a unique interdisciplinary education that will better prepare them for the challenges associated with sustainable management of submerged cultural and biological resources.



Through a well rounded curriculum based on development of SCUBA diving skills, core and elective course work in underwater resource management, anthropology, and environmental science and management, the Certificate offers Indiana University students the following opportunities:


Performance based standards

Classroom knowledge, hands-on practical skills, and field research experience are equally important if students are to master the challenges associated with underwater resource management. The performance based standards of the program are:


Outcome assessment

The assessment emphasis will be placed on evaluating students's ability to integrate scientific diving knowledge and skills with archeological and environmental understanding of submerged resources.


Who can apply?


Relationship to existing programs within Indiana University

The Certificate includes academic diving courses within the Department of Recreation and Parks Administration and Department of Kinesiology. Additionally, the existing SPH Underwater Science Program has a long history of cooperation with COAS Department of Anthropology, SPEA, and IMP through academic course work and Indiana University sanctioned underwater field research projects. Undergraduate and graduate students have participated in numerous Underwater Science projects in Florida Keys, California, Indiana, and international projects in the Cayman Islands and the Indiana University Over Seas Study project in the Dominican Republic.


Cooperation with other institutions

Current and past Underwater Science projects have been supported and assisted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Sanctuaries Program, Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, California State Parks, National Park Service, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and the governments of the Cayman Islands and Dominican Republic. In addition, Indiana University has signed an agreement of cooperation for collaborative underwater archaeology projects with the Universidad Catolica Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Indiana University is a Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Training Facility and offers Recreational Dive Industry sanctioned certifications including: Openwater, Advanced Openwater, Rescue, Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Instructor Development, Underwater Archaeology, and Scientific Diver. PADI has endorsed the existing IU Academic Diving Program and has previously provided significant funding for park development projects and direct financial assistance with student projects.