2022 AAUS Diving for Science Symposium

The 2022 AAUS Diving for Science Symposium will be  co-hosted by Moody Gardens and Texas A&M Galveston in Galveston TX,  March 27 - April 01, 2022.


We welcome diving scientists, students, diving safety officers and anyone with an interest in diving science to participate in this event. The week will be filled with instructional workshops such as Serious Accident Investigation and Safe Vessel Diving Operations to technical workshops ranging from technician certifications, PSI and DAN courses,  diving workshops covering surface supplied diving and freediving, tours of NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab and much more! Following the workshop opportunities and social/networking events, we will wrap up the week with the national DSO meeting, science symposium, poster session, and annual awards banquet.


If you are a member of AAUS, please login before proceeding to register.  If you are not a member of AAUS, you must Create an Account to register for this meeting.  This DOES NOT give you a  membership in AAUS, simply provides a temporary account for registration.  If you wish to join as an AAUS member, please visit www.aaus.org/Join
 
If participants wish to bring a guest to the Bubble Breaker or Banquet they should register themselves first and then complete a separate Guest registration to purchase a Companion Ticket for those events.  Tours and experiences are also available for guest registration.

If you wish to participate in a workshop offering ONLY, please choose Workshop ONLY registration option.  Please note that workshop only participants do not gain entrance to any social, networking or science meetings.

Most events/workshops will be held at Moody Gardens (MG). For those held offsite, transportation will be provided with the exception of the Bubblebreaker and Charter diving. Limited transportation will be provided for the Bubblebreaker (approx 1.4 miles from MG) and carpooling available for Charter Diving.   Times indicated on the schedule are the times for departure from MG. 

Lunch is provided for ALL DAY workshops only.




When
3/27/2022 8:00 AM - 4/1/2022 10:00 PM
Where
Galveston, TX 77554 UNITED STATES

Program

   

Sunday, 27 March 2022

Description
The first day of the workshop will provide participants with training in how to conduct a serious accident investigation (SAI) for a diving accident. Workshop leaders will describe a template for setting up a SAI team, assignment of duties for team members, and, techniques used in the process of an investigation. Participants will be given examples of previous dive accident investigations, including the investigative techniques used. The second day of the workshop will provide a hands-on experience, requiring participants to investigate a simulated dive accident. Participants MUST participate and register for both days.  See program for 3/28/22  *Lunch Provided
Time
3/27/2022 9:00 AM - 3/28/2022 5:00 PM
9:00 AM

Provide participants with a behind the scenes tour of the exhibits and dive program of Moody Gardens. Participants can expect to see exhibit access, egress options, dive lockers, dive communication system, and high pressure storage and delivery system. Participant interest will guide the tour. Workshop led by Moody Gardens Dive Office.
Time
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
5:00 PM

Monday, 28 March 2022

Description
Diving offshore in Galveston is a unique and beautiful experience. During our day trips we will dive two sites that are located roughly 70 miles offshore or a 3 hour boat ride. The first is the Kraken which is a 371 foot cargo ship that Texas Parks and Wildlife sank as part of the artificial reef program. The dive begins at 60 feet with an average depth of 100-110 feet. The main cabins of the vessel have been opened up to accommodate divers. On this dive you will see everything from french angels to large jacks and grouper. After that, divers will have an hour to two hour surface interval with the opportunity to take a swim in the clear blue waters of the Gulf. The second dive will be at an oil rig. The legs of the oil rig are teeming with sponge and coral growth as well as fish species. You will have the opportunity to see everything from small file fish to larger grouper and maybe even a shark or two. These are usually 80 foot dives.   **Please note that this time of year, weather and sea conditions are not ideal.  It is possible that the planned charters may have to be canceled.  A preliminary weather call will be made 2 days prior with a final call the day of.  The boat must be full with 6 divers.  Symposium guests can register for charter dives by first creating a guest account and then adding this dive to their agenda. **Participants must provide Gear (scuba kit, mask, fins, snorkel, exposure protection) SMB (required) Computer (required) Line cutter (highly recommended) Light (recommended) Lunch Snacks Any additional beverages wanted   If bringing your own cylinder, it must have a boot! Included in the price is a DM, weights, water and light snacks.
Time
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM

Become a DAN Instructor! When you become a DAN instructor you help build a better trained and skill-equipped diving community and you can develop a highly qualified dive staff. This course will be continued for an additional half day on Tuesday, hours TBD by participants.  *Lunch Provided
Time
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM

Workshop to learn how to run safe dive operations from a vessel, including vessel setup, tools and resources, and accident management. Workshop will include a vessel tour, vessel diving operations discussion and demonstration, and dive accident management discussion and demonstration. **Transportation provided from MG
Time
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
8:30 AM

This clinic is for active Dive Rite technicians looking to renew or for those who are just getting started as a technician. The clinic will cover servicing the XT1, FT1, XT2 and the RG5400 regulators. **Prerequisite - Current reg tech certification from any manufacturer.
Time
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM

The OTS Divator MKII full-face mask technical/maintenance course will provide hands on training in the following areas of the Divator MKII system: Function of the regulator and mask. Inspection of the external components. Breakdown of the second stage regulator. Breakdown of the mask body. Parts identification. Inspection and cleaning of the internal components. Repair and replacement of parts. Re-assembly of the second stage regulator. Re-assembly of the mask body. Adjusting the second stage regulator. Testing the regulator with the Interspiro Mini Test Kit. Troubleshooting the regulator. Registrants receive a Bonus Pack including: 6-in-1 Screwdriver Applicator with Silicone Grease Gauge card for adjustments Certified Technician T-Shirt Divator MKII Service Manual Time requirements:   Six hours of classroom instruction, excluding breaks and lunch. Required Items:   Divator MKII FFM (If student has no access to a mask, please advise, these materials can be provided at no additional cost.) Recommended Items:           Interspiro Mini Test Kit ($209.00), pre-ordered on registration form. Minor maintenance Kit ($139.00) pre-ordered on registration form is required if mask is to be serviced during class.  Upon completion of class the student will receive Interspiro Service Certification - valid for five years. *Lunch Provided **AAUS office will provide additional registration materials upon enrollment in this course.
Time
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM

***You MUST be enrolled in BOTH days of this workshop. The first day of the workshop will provide participants with training in how to conduct a serious accident investigation (SAI) for a diving accident. Workshop leaders will describe a template for setting up a SAI team, assignment of duties for team members, and, techniques used in the process of an investigation. Participants will be given examples of previous dive accident investigations, including the investigative techniques used. The second day of the workshop will provide a hands-on experience, requiring participants to investigate a simulated dive accident.  *Lunch Provided
Time
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM

NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) is home to a massive, 6.2 million-gallon training pool and related testing technologies, providing full oversight in a controlled, secure environment. The NBL supports various testing and training activities, including remotely operated vehicle (ROV) testing, and VideoRay and astronaut training. Symposium Guests are welcome to register for this tour.  Primary attendee should register first and then create a guest account and add this tour to their guest's registration.  **Transportation provided and will leave promptly at 1pm.
Time
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
1:00 PM

This clinic is for active Dive Rite technicians looking to renew or for those who are just getting started as a technician. The clinic will cover servicing the XT1, FT1, XT2 and the RG5400 regulators. **Prerequisite - Current reg tech certification from any manufacturer.
Time
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2:00 PM

Tuesday, 29 March 2022

Description
Diving offshore in Galveston is a unique and beautiful experience. During our day trips we will dive two sites that are located roughly 70 miles offshore or a 3 hour boat ride. The first is the Kraken which is a 371 foot cargo ship that Texas Parks and Wildlife sank as part of the artificial reef program. The dive begins at 60 feet with an average depth of 100-110 feet. The main cabins of the vessel have been opened up to accommodate divers. On this dive you will see everything from french angels to large jacks and grouper. After that, divers will have an hour to two hour surface interval with the opportunity to take a swim in the clear blue waters of the Gulf. The second dive will be at an oil rig. The legs of the oil rig are teeming with sponge and coral growth as well as fish species. You will have the opportunity to see everything from small file fish to larger grouper and maybe even a shark or two. These are usually 80 foot dives.   **Please note that this time of year, weather and sea conditions are not ideal.  It is possible that the planned charters may have to be canceled.  A preliminary weather call will be made 2 days prior with a final call the day of.  The boat must be full with 6 divers.  Symposium guests can register for charter dives by first creating a guest account and then adding this dive to their agenda. **Participants must provide Gear (scuba kit, mask, fins, snorkel, exposure protection) SMB (required) Computer (required) Line cutter (highly recommended) Light (recommended) Lunch Snacks Any additional beverages wanted   If bringing your own cylinder, it must have a boot! Included in the price is a DM, weights, water and light snacks.
Time
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM

All levels of experience are accepted and welcomed! The instructor, Glynn Palmer, Huish head repair technician, has been expertly trained to provide future technicians and staff members with a thorough understanding of each regulator in the Huish Outdoors product portfolio.  These clinics include all current models of Atomic, Zeagle, Hollis and Oceanic regulators, Alternate Air Sources and Inflators.   With theory and warranty coverage done online by the student ahead of time, practical application, including breakdown and assembly, is the total focus. Huish will provide regulator kits and tools for each clinic. There is an online component to the class, along with an exam.  This must be completed before your clinic attendance. Instructions on how to complete this requirement will be sent to participants after registration for the workshop.  After completing the clinic, a company issued Repair Certificate will be issued. **NOTE: Attendees can not purchase parts for any brands if they are not directly employed by an authorized Huish Outdoors dealer.
Time
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
8:00 AM

Visual Cylinder Inspector Update Seminar - This course runs concurrently with the CTS VCI course and provides trained inspectors information on recent changes to cylinders and inspection standards as well as keeping you abreast of current happenings. Additionally, this update meets the OSHA and DOT 3 year retraining requirements for cylinder HAZMAT handling. Participants receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion. *Lunch Provided
Time
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM

This 8 hour certification course teaches the regulations and fundamentals of conducting visual inspections of solid wall and composite SCUBA and SCBA cylinders.  The full day course is suited for those new to visual inspection well as those who have been inspecting without formal training through its wide range of inspection subjects including damage limits, neck cracking, and laws affecting inspectors.  Additionally, this course meets the OSHA and DOT requirements for employee HAZMAT training and attendants completing the course are qualified to conduct HAZMAT training for cylinder handlers .  It is recognized by USDOT, Compressed Gas Association, and cylinder manufacturers as the most comprehensive, up to date training available today on this subject. Previously certified inspectors may attend this full course under the VCI refresh for re-qualification (see corresponding agenda item for reduced cost).  The course is open to anyone 16 years or older and no previous cylinder inspection experience is required.  Participants receive certificate as Visual Cylinder Inspectors upon course completion. *Lunch Provided
Time
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM

Workshop to learn how to run safe dive operations from a vessel, including vessel setup, tools and resources, and accident management. Workshop will include a vessel tour, vessel diving operations discussion and demonstration, and dive accident management discussion and demonstration. **Transportation provided from MG
Time
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
8:30 AM

The OTS Guardian full-face mask technical/maintenance course will provide hands on training in the following areas of the Guardian FFM system: Function of the regulator and mask. Inspection of the external components. Breakdown of the second stage regulator. Breakdown of the mask body. Parts identification. Inspection and cleaning of the internal components. Repair and replacement of parts. Re-assembly of the second stage regulator. Re-assembly of the mask body. Adjusting the second stage regulator. Testing the regulator with the Magnahelic. Troubleshooting the regulator. Tool kit includes: Manual 6-in-1 Screwdriver Applicator with Silicone Grease Regulator adjustment tool/gauge Pin wrench Dummy plug OTS backing/valve wrench Inner clamp ring socket T-handle hex key, 3/32 T-handle hex key, 7/64” Snap ring pliers Exploded view Bench Mat GFFM Technician Tee-Shirt (please note size on registration) Time requirements:              Six hours of classroom instruction, excluding breaks and lunch. Required Items:                    Guardian FFM (If student has no access to a mask, please advise, these materials can be provided at no additional cost.) Upon completion of class the student will receive OTS Service Certification - valid for three years. *Lunch Provided.  **AAUS office will provide additional registration forms upon enrollment in this course.
Time
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM

Provide participants with brief classroom education followed by hands-on experience with surface supply air diving used to expand scope and safety of diving operations. Workshop led by Moody Gardens Dive Safety Officer Jake Emmert.  Participant must supply exposure protection (3mm should be appropriate for most) and booties.  All other gear will be provided. *Lunch Provided
Time
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM

Learn to freedive down to a maximum depth of 20m/66 feet! This program teaches fundamental freediving techniques for comfortable enjoyment in the aquatic world to depths of 20m/66ft. You will also practice Static Apnea to help develop your breath-holding abilities and in-water comfort. Your PFI Freediver course will cover fundamental topics such as: Essential safety procedures for breath-holding at Freediver Level, Proper breathing techniques for freediving and snorkeling, Confined water skill development, Open water skill development, Equalization for depth diving, Equipment for freediving and snorkeling and the fundamental physics and physiology of freediving. Equipment needed: Mask, snorkel, fins,  appropriate exposure protection, weight system (weights provided onsite), timing device or freedive computer. Heated outdoor pool -3mm considered appropriate for most. **Transportation provided from MG
Time
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
1:00 PM

All levels of experience are accepted and welcomed! The instructor, Glynn Palmer, Huish head repair technician, has been expertly trained to provide future technicians and staff members with a thorough understanding of each regulator in the Huish Outdoors product portfolio.  These clinics include all current models of Atomic, Zeagle, Hollis and Oceanic regulators, Alternate Air Sources and Inflators.   With theory and warranty coverage done online by the student ahead of time, practical application, including breakdown and assembly, is the total focus. Huish will provide regulator kits and tools for each clinic. There is an online component to the class, along with an exam.  This must be completed before your clinic attendance. Instructions on how to complete this requirement will be sent to participants after registration for the workshop.  After completing the clinic, a company issued Repair Certificate will be issued. **NOTE: Attendees can not purchase parts for any brands if they are not directly employed by an authorized Huish Outdoors dealer.
Time
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
1:00 PM

Wednesday, 30 March 2022

Description
Diving offshore in Galveston is a unique and beautiful experience. During our day trips we will dive two sites that are located roughly 70 miles offshore or a 3 hour boat ride. The first is the Kraken which is a 371 foot cargo ship that Texas Parks and Wildlife sank as part of the artificial reef program. The dive begins at 60 feet with an average depth of 100-110 feet. The main cabins of the vessel have been opened up to accommodate divers. On this dive you will see everything from french angels to large jacks and grouper. After that, divers will have an hour to two hour surface interval with the opportunity to take a swim in the clear blue waters of the Gulf. The second dive will be at an oil rig. The legs of the oil rig are teeming with sponge and coral growth as well as fish species. You will have the opportunity to see everything from small file fish to larger grouper and maybe even a shark or two. These are usually 80 foot dives.   **Please note that this time of year, weather and sea conditions are not ideal.  It is possible that the planned charters may have to be canceled.  A preliminary weather call will be made 2 days prior with a final call the day of.  The boat must be full with 6 divers.  Symposium guests can register for charter dives by first creating a guest account and then adding this dive to their agenda. **Participants must provide Gear (scuba kit, mask, fins, snorkel, exposure protection) SMB (required) Computer (required) Line cutter (highly recommended) Light (recommended) Lunch Snacks Any additional beverages wanted   If bringing your own cylinder, it must have a boot! Included in the price is a DM, weights, water and light snacks.
Time
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM

All levels of experience are accepted and welcomed! The instructor, Glynn Palmer, Huish head repair technician, has been expertly trained to provide future technicians and staff members with a thorough understanding of each regulator in the Huish Outdoors product portfolio.  These clinics include all current models of Atomic, Zeagle, Hollis and Oceanic regulators, Alternate Air Sources and Inflators.   With theory and warranty coverage done online by the student ahead of time, practical application, including breakdown and assembly, is the total focus. Huish will provide regulator kits and tools for each clinic. There is an online component to the class, along with an exam.  This must be completed before your clinic attendance. Instructions on how to complete this requirement will be sent to participants after registration for the workshop.  After completing the clinic, a company issued Repair Certificate will be issued. **NOTE: Attendees can not purchase parts for any brands if they are not directly employed by an authorized Huish Outdoors dealer.
Time
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
8:00 AM

Learn to freedive down to a maximum depth of 20m/66 feet! This program teaches fundamental freediving techniques for comfortable enjoyment in the aquatic world to depths of 20m/66ft. You will also practice Static Apnea to help develop your breath-holding abilities and in-water comfort. Your PFI Freediver course will cover fundamental topics such as: Essential safety procedures for breath-holding at Freediver Level, Proper breathing techniques for freediving and snorkeling, Confined water skill development, Open water skill development, Equalization for depth diving, Equipment for freediving and snorkeling and the fundamental physics and physiology of freediving. Equipment needed: Mask, snorkel, fins,  appropriate exposure protection, weight system (weights provided onsite), timing device or freedive computer. Heated outdoor pool -3mm considered appropriate for most. **Transportation provided from MG
Time
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
8:00 AM

This program is designed to provide an orientation for new Diving Safety Officers and for existing DSO's who would like more information and an update on particulars of running a Diving Safety Program at their respective institutions or organizations.  Essential training for anyone considering accepting or assuming the role of Diving Safety Officer and planning on operating an AAUS Diving Safety Program.  Also open to non AAUS organizations who would like more information about AAUS.  This orientation is now required for any DSO new to an AAUS organizational member (must be completed within one year of hire). *Lunch Provided
Time
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM

To attend the re-certification segment, you must have a current Poseidon Service Technician Certificate. Please bring your service manuals and other Poseidon reference materials to use as reference during the recertification examination. Upon successfully passing the exam, we will issue a store credit for 50% of the class fee to use on tools and service parts. If unsuccessful in the exam, then you will need to complete the afternoon session on 3/30 in order to complete your recertification and no credit will be issued.
Time
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
9:00 AM

Join our curator for a tour of the Moody Gardens Rainforest.  Guests may register for this experience.
Time
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
9:00 AM

For each product type you will learn: Theory, Principles, Drawings and Explanations; Disassembly / Assembly; Cleaning; Parts Inspection; Calibration; Troubleshooting; Repair; Reassembly; Final Air Tuning and Function Test. Attending and successfully completing this course will get you the Service Technician Certification you need to provide in-demand service on Poseidon Regulators. Once achieved, the certification is valid for 3 years. **If you hold a current Poseidon Service Technician certificate, you may re-certify through the Re-Certification course offered Wednesday morning instead.
Time
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
12:00 PM

All levels of experience are accepted and welcomed! The instructor, Glynn Palmer, Huish head repair technician, has been expertly trained to provide future technicians and staff members with a thorough understanding of each regulator in the Huish Outdoors product portfolio.  These clinics include all current models of Atomic, Zeagle, Hollis and Oceanic regulators, Alternate Air Sources and Inflators.   With theory and warranty coverage done online by the student ahead of time, practical application, including breakdown and assembly, is the total focus. Huish will provide regulator kits and tools for each clinic. There is an online component to the class, along with an exam.  This must be completed before your clinic attendance. Instructions on how to complete this requirement will be sent to participants after registration for the workshop.  After completing the clinic, a company issued Repair Certificate will be issued. **NOTE: Attendees can not purchase parts for any brands if they are not directly employed by an authorized Huish Outdoors dealer.
Time
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
1:00 PM

NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) is home to a massive, 6.2 million-gallon training pool and related testing technologies, providing full oversight in a controlled, secure environment. The NBL supports various testing and training activities, including remotely operated vehicle (ROV) testing, and VideoRay and astronaut training. Symposium Guests are welcome to register for this tour.  Primary attendee should register first and then create a guest account and add this tour to their guest's registration. **Transportation provided from MG and will leave promptly at 1:30pm.
Time
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
1:30 PM

Black Coral tells the harrowing, amazing and occasionally amusing stories of the Black Coral divers of Maui in their own words. It recreates the beauty, addiction and danger of harvesting the Hawaiian State gemstone. Right or wrong? Inspiring or insane? Destructive or sustainable? In the end, Black Coral does what few other documentaries dare to do - it gives you the unbiased facts and allows you to draw to your own conclusions.
Time
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
7:30 PM

Thursday, 31 March 2022

Description
Diving offshore in Galveston is a unique and beautiful experience. During our day trips we will dive two sites that are located roughly 70 miles offshore or a 3 hour boat ride. The first is the Kraken which is a 371 foot cargo ship that Texas Parks and Wildlife sank as part of the artificial reef program. The dive begins at 60 feet with an average depth of 100-110 feet. The main cabins of the vessel have been opened up to accommodate divers. On this dive you will see everything from french angels to large jacks and grouper. After that, divers will have an hour to two hour surface interval with the opportunity to take a swim in the clear blue waters of the Gulf. The second dive will be at an oil rig. The legs of the oil rig are teeming with sponge and coral growth as well as fish species. You will have the opportunity to see everything from small file fish to larger grouper and maybe even a shark or two. These are usually 80 foot dives.   **Please note that this time of year, weather and sea conditions are not ideal.  It is possible that the planned charters may have to be canceled.  A preliminary weather call will be made 2 days prior with a final call the day of.  The boat must be full with 6 divers.  Symposium guests can register for charter dives by first creating a guest account and then adding this dive to their agenda. **Participants must provide Gear (scuba kit, mask, fins, snorkel, exposure protection) SMB (required) Computer (required) Line cutter (highly recommended) Light (recommended) Lunch Snacks Any additional beverages wanted   If bringing your own cylinder, it must have a boot! Included in the price is a DM, weights, water and light snacks.
Time
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM

Annual Business and DSO meeting for AAUS.  This meeting will be held at Texas A&M Galveston. *Lunch Provided **Transportation provided from MG.
Time
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM

Join our curator for an Aquarium tour.  Guests can register for this experience.
Time
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
10:00 AM

Annual fundraising event for the AAUS Foundation Scholarship program where we will auction and raffle off a variety of donated items and trips. Poster Session to be held concurrently.  Held at Galveston Island Brewing. **Limited transportation provided.
Time
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
6:00 PM

Annual fundraising event for the AAUS Foundation Scholarship program where we will auction and raffle off a variety of donated items and trips. Poster Session to be held concurrently.  Held at Galveston Island Brewing.   *If you are a full registrant or a DSO only registrant your ticket to this event is included and you should not use this option unless you are purchasing a ticket for your companion. Workshop only, day pass and student registrants must purchase this ticket to attend this event.
Time
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
6:00 PM

Friday, 01 April 2022

Description
Join us as we hear about cutting edge research as well as training techniques in scientific diving.  You must be a full,  student or day-pass registrant to attend the science symposium.  *Lunch Provided
Time
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM

Join us aboard the Colonel Paddlewheel boat as we honor this year's award winners and hear from our keynote speaker! This event is included for all full symposium attendees (no additional registration required). Student and DSO meeting Only registrants must purchase a Companion Ticket. *Dinner provided
Time
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
6:00 PM

Join us aboard the Colonel Paddlewheel boat as we honor this year's award winners and hear from our keynote speaker! This Companion Ticket is for Student, DSO meeting only registrants or guests of Full registrants who would like to attend this event.
Time
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
6:00 PM

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