COVID-19: Dive

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Updates on COVID-19: Scientific Diving


This webpage has been created to share the answers to COVID-19-related questions as pertains to the operation and oversight of scientific diving.


 

 

 

May 19, 2020 Update: The Office of the Senior Vice President for Research, in consultation with the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Medicine, has provided guidance for the gradual and phased increase in on-campus research-related activities. See the complete guidance. Researchers should work with their College Deans, Institute Directors, Campus Chancellors, or their designees to understand what Phase their campus is in as it may differ depending on location. The orange phase is a transition phase and Executive leadership will decide when to transition to later phases (see complete guidance). College Deans, Institute Directors, Campus Chancellors, or their designees must approve research activities within their respective units at each phase.

Travel Restrictions 

All University-sponsored domestic air travel has been suspended between now and, at least, May 11, 2020. This includes new travel as well as any currently booked trips between now and May 11, 2020. All university-sponsored international travel is also suspended (new travel and currently booked trips) between now and May 11, 2020. Read more about travel restrictions at Penn State.

Research Dive Activities

All dive activities are suspended at this time, regardless of whether the research is considered to be essential. This decision was made in support of the health and well-being of the diving community. Dive plan applications may continue to be submitted per standard procedures. However, no new dive plans will be approved to start until after the dive restriction has been lifted. Additional communications will be sent at that time. In the meantime, PIs and Lead Divers for existing projects are advised to develop contingency plans to begin dive activities after the dive restriction is lifted.

 

Training Activities

All face-to-face training activities have been suspended. The Natatorium, as well as other University building facilities, are temporarily closed. There may be an opportunity for online learning, and if that becomes available, additional details about the offering(s) will be distributed.

 

See below for answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding scientific diving updates related to COVID-19.

Communication will be shared when the diving and travel restrictions have been lifted. Read more about travel restrictions at Penn State.

Communication will be shared when the diving and travel restrictions have been lifted.

All diving activities are currently suspended. It is possible that future online training will be available. Additional details about the offering(s) will be distributed as they become available.

The Diving Control Board (DCB), in consultation with the Diving Safety Officer (DSO), will take the dive restriction period into consideration when making a decision about your dive request, once the dive restriction is lifted. A grace period for such circumstances may be granted if deemed necessary.