Diving Safety


News and Updates, Job and Positions




New News-10/12



24th Annual Symposium on Maritime Archaeology

and History of Hawai`i and the Pacific -10/12



Cal. Sea Grant publishes new edition of Scientific

Bluewater Diving Guidelines. pdf –08/06



RCUH Marine Vessels Charter Policy 2006.pdf – 08/06



Jobs and positions-09/06



Volunteers Needed For

DAR Carijoa Project -09/06


DAR/Aquatic Invasive Species team is seeking volunteer SCUBA divers for our Carijoa eradication project. 

SCUBA Divers needed on Kauai from November 27th -December 1st  (ALL TRAVEL EXPENSES INCLUDED)

The Project:
The Division of Aquatic Resources is in the late stages of eradicating the invasive soft coral Carijoa riisei from the pier at Port Allen, Kauai.  Started in October 2005, the project is dedicated to preventing the spread of this highly invasive species throughout Kauai and Niihau by targeting eradication at the site with both the densest Carijoa population and the highest likelihood dispersal by tour boats.

This November divers will begin work to safely remove materials from beneath the commercial pier.  Tasks include, but not limited to, cutting and removing plastic from pier pilings. 

The Benefits:
Roundtrip airfare, lodging, and food stipend are included for all
volunteers.  Assist in stemming the spread of Carijoa further around Kauai, plus gain valuable experience as a working scientific diver. 

All divers must have current UH Scientific Diver status, SCUBA gear (tanks and flashlights provided by DAR), full exposure protection (full wetsuit, hood, booties and gloves), as well as an aptitude for hard work and low visibility diving. 


If interested, please email cartwrig@hawaii.edu

Cassandra Cartwright
AIS Research Technician






Graduate Assistant (Research)-08/06


UHM Coll of Nat Sci - Botany, (Manoa),

temporary, .50 FTE, Federal funds, to begin Fall 2006, renewal subject to funding availability



The candidate(s) will have in-field responsibility for conducting diving and related
field and laboratory work as part of the Kona parks and coast coral reef recruitment project, and an interest in and commitment to graduate research on coral reef animal recruitment, dispersal, connectivity or marine protected areas that incorporates some of GRA responsibilities. Incumbent will make, deploy and retrieve field gear, collect and analyze samples in the water and the laboratory. Liaisons with collaborators including U.S. National Park Service, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources and University of Hawaii.


Minimum qualifications:
Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Marine or related Biological sciences. Must be an incoming or enrolled graduate student in good standing at the University of Hawaii at Manoa capable of balancing and maintaining academic and assistantship responsibilities, and developing and completing a graduate research thesis that is done in and benefits National Parks marine resources management. Combined one (1) year of marine biology field and laboratory experience including subtidal data collection and identification of marine invertebrates (primarily), working for extended periods identifying animals using dissecting microscopes. Ability to collect invertebrates and other organisms. Ability to construct field-sampling gear. Knowledge of marine ecological research methods including transect and quadrat sampling, underwater photography, and analyses of habitat types and components. Ability to learn, troubleshoot, and use oceanography and water quality-sampling equipment and related software. Proficient with PC computer software: Word, Access, Excel and other Windows applications. Knowledge of statistical tests in ecology. Knowledge of nearshore reef recruitment processes. Experience with data management and analysis tasks. Demonstrated scientific writing with ability to produce publishable papers. Ability to work on West Hawaii coral reefs.

Must possess current SCUBA certification (e.g., NAUI or PADI), have or
soon be able to obtain: UH or AAUS scientific diver and nitrox certification and a Hawaii driver's license.
Must possess good people skills for liaison and work with collaborators, stakeholders and faculty.


Desirable qualifications:

Previous participation in biological science projects. Initiative and motivation to initiate and accomplish work with minimal supervision. Mapping skills with GPS, GIS and Arc View.


Pay range: $1402.00 To apply: Submit cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, names, contact information (including e-mail address) of at least 3 professional references, Curriculum vitae Application

Address: c/o PCSU/Dept of Botany, 3190 Maile Way St.John #409,
Hon, HI 96822

Inquiries: Malie Beach-Smith 808-956-8820 maliebs@hawaii.edu


Date posted: Jun-13-2006 Continuous recruitment

Review of applications will begin on Jan-01-2002 and will continue until the position is filled.





AAUS Scholarships 2006


In 2006 the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) will be awarding two(2) scholarships to graduate students engaged in, or planning to begin, a research project in which diving is or will be used as a principle research tool. One $2500.00 scholarship will be awarded to a Masters program student, another $2500.00 scholarship will be awarded a Ph.D. candidate. The AAUS may also award two additional $1000.00 scholarships to the next 2 proposals which are ranked the highest. If they are awarded, they may be split between the Masters program and the Ph.D program or they may be both awarded within a single program.

Proposal deadline is June 30, 2006

Scholarship winners will be announced October 1, 2006.

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

- Be a current member of AAUS(student or full member) - Be accepted and enrolled in a Masters program (for the Masters Program award) or a Ph.D. program (for the Ph.D. program award)

- Submit online, a proposal of 3 to 5 pages describing the research methods, significance of the research, and a budget (if part of a larger budget, specify how AAUS funds will be spent).

- Agree to write an article for The Slate, a news publication of AAUS, describing the proposed research.

- Present the results of their research at an AAUS symposium or other scientific meeting within one year of the project’s completion.

- A letter of support from a faculty advisor must be submitted online.




For more information contact aaus@disl.org Attention Scholarship Committee Chair


See: http://www.aaus.org/ Or http://www.aaus.org/scholarshipweb.cfm for application and details




Archive News



PBS Hawaii’s Island Insights
Looks at Future of Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Sunday, April 2, 3:30 pm


Ocean advocates Jean-Michel Cousteau, Nainoa Thompson, and Peter Young will discuss issues impacting the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands region and the current proposal to designate the marine region a national marine sanctuary in an upcoming episode of the weekly public affairs program Island Insights.

The episode produced by PBS Hawai’i will air on Sunday, April 2 at 3:30 p.m.,preceding the April 5 broadcast of Part I of Voyage to Kure, which premieres Cousteau’s new Ocean Adventures documentary series.  Part II of Voyage to Kure airs April 12.  KHNL reporter Darren Pai serves as moderator for the Island Insights episode. PBS Hawai,i Airs Cousteau Documentary Voyage to Kure.

Part I . Wednesday, April 5, 8 pm
Part II . Wednesday, April 12, 8 pm

In 1964, movie posters for Jacques Cousteau's bold underwater film, World Without Sun, urged filmgoers to come see "Earth's first 'Oceanauts.'"

Now, nearly 40 years later, a new generation of "oceanauts" led by Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of Jacques Cousteau, has embarked on a documentary filmmaking expedition of adventure and discovery to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands in Voyage to Kure, the two-part premiere of the new series Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures, narrated by actor Pierce Brosnan and co-produced by Ocean Futures Society and KQED Public Television.

The two-part documentary will air nationally in prime-time on PBS for two consecutive Wednesdays in April, on Wednesday April 5 at 8pm and on Wednesday April 12 at 8pm (each episode is 60 minutes). Voyage to Kure follows Cousteau and his team on their 32-day expedition of July/August 2003 to visit the 10 islands and atolls that form

For more information on Voyage to Kure and the Ocean Adventures series, go to


Wild Chronicles - New PBS Series
Follows Photographers’ Journey to NWHI

Wednesday, April 26 at 8 pm
Wednesday, May 3 at 8 pm

For more information on the new Wild Chronicles series, go to




UH Press Announces

John E. Randall's

New Book


"Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific"


PDF Announcement and Order Form -05/05/05

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