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Advanced Science Diving Program

Mission and Purpose

The mission of Florida State University Panama City's Advanced Science Diving Program (ASDP) is to educate and support excellence in underwater research. We develop, review and implement standards for safe and productive scientific diving. We train and educate our students, faculty, staff and outside state and federal agencies, in the most current safe diving practices as put forth by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS).

The purpose of the FSU Panama City's ASDP is to ensure that all scientific diving, as outlined, is conducted with the utmost safety and professionalism. We set forth standards for training and certification that will allow a working reciprocity between us and other research facilities around the globe, specifically organizational members of AAUS. FSU Panama City is an active member and supporter of AAUS and complies with all of its policies and procedures. Advancements in ocean research through education in technology allows academic diving here at FSU Panama City to thrive.


Darren DeDario - Dive Locker Supervisor
850-770-2206 *

Jerome Fleeman - Diving Safety Officer
850-814-4461 *



    Life Support

    Research Opportunities

    • ConShelf XIV/APEKS Scientific Diving Rigs
    • Oceanic Ocean Pro Buoyancy Control Device (BCD)
    • AGA Full Face Mask with through-water communications
    • Variety of aluminum and steel cylinders [air and enriched air (EANx)]
    • XLDS Extreme Lightweight Diving System




    *Explore the world of scientific diving through the UCSI Certificate Program , UCSI minor , or as an elective to your coursework with the following classes*:

    CJE 3761 - Introduction to Underwater Investigation (3)

    • This course presents the history, principles of basic oceanography, physics and physiology as they relate to exposure to compressed gas environments and how to deduce safe parameters from those principles. This course provides the theoretical foundation for individuals preparing to be scientific investigators underwater.

    CJE 3761L - Introduction to Underwater Investigation Laboratory (1)

    • This laboratory course presents the principles and practice of compressed-gas as a life-support system for underwater hyperbaric exposure. This course is designed to develop proficiency in the basic skills required to perform safe underwater investigations including recording observations and conducting underwater environmental surveys. Certifications earned: Open Water and Advanced Open Water Diver.

    CJE 4763 / CJE 5767 - Scientific Underwater Investigation (3)

    • This course builds upon the Introduction to Underwater Investigation course by providing the technology to collect data in an underwater environment according to the scientific method. The course delineates the similarities and differences of investigative techniques used in forensic science and other science disciplines that function underwater.

    CJE 4763L / CJE 5767L - Scientific Underwater Investigation Laboratory (1)

    • This laboratory builds upon the Introduction to Underwater Investigation Laboratory course by providing the tools and techniques to collect data in an underwater environment for prolonged periods of time. The underwater data collection techniques use traditional underwater technology adapted from forensic science and various other scientific disciplines. Certifications earned: Enriched Air (EANx) Diver and American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS).

    CJE 4764 Underwater Crime Scene Methodology (3)

    CJE 4764L Underwater Crime Scene Methodology Lab (1)

    PEN 1136* - Theory and practice of compressed-gas diving. Leads to dive certification. Certification earned: Open Water Diver.
    *Summer Only

    *These courses are offered through the Public Safety & Security program.

    The NOAA B-Wet study is gathering data on artificial reef degradation due to human interaction using traditional underwater scientific methods for fish counts and structural measurements, and incorporated video and SONAR technologies to validate data. Under guidelines and requirements established by NOAA B-Wet Funded Programs, a group of high school students and teachers are conducting a study of three historical and frequently used dive sites in Panama City Beach, Florida.


    CJE 3761 provides the theoretical foundation for individuals preparing to be scientific investigators underwater. For more information visit

    Underwater Crime Scene Investigation class dives Sun Harbor Marina in Panama City, Florida. Students learn techniques for searching for and preserving evidence in crimes underwater.

    FSU's Underwater Crime Scene Investigation dive instructors Darren DeDario, Jerome Fleeman, Mark Feulner and Mike Zinszer train divers from the New Your City Police Department . The training focused on 12 topics, including surface supply diving, the DIDSON sonar, risk management and the CSI process. It included scenarios, such as recovering evidence underwater and sweeping an area for explosives.

    PEN 1136-Theory and practice of compressed-gas diving
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