Applying to the Dive Program

Welcome to the scientific diving community at Penn State. To participate in this program and/or EMSC 440 and 441, you will need to request access to the University’s dive management system, Bloop. Please email and one of our system administrators, Sarah Matthews or Jenn Stewart, will get back to you. Note that requests may take up to 48 hours, although we try to respond sooner when possible.

  • PSU User ID (abc1234) - not your 9-digit ID
  • Your affiliation with Penn State: student, faculty or employee

Once you have access to Bloop and have read Penn State’s Scientific Diving Standards Manual, there are several appendices you will need to fill out and upload to your Bloop account. Below, please find a list of the appendices you will need to complete and upload, along with the corresponding certification field in Bloop.

Appendix Name  [Bloop Certification Name]

  • Appendix 6 AAUS Medical Evaluation of Fitness for SCUBA Diving Report --> [Medical Exam / Dive Fitness Physical, take to your physican and also upload to Bloop]
  • Appendix 6b AAUS Medical Evaluation of Fitness for SCUBA Diving Report & APPLICANT'S RELEASE OF MEDICAL INFORMATION FORM --> [Medical Information Release Form]
  • Appendix 7 Diving Medical History Form --> [Medical History, take to your physican and also upload to Bloop]
  • Appendix 9 PSU Diver Questionnaire --> [Emergency Contact Information]
  • Appendix 10 Application for Diving Certification – Diving Resume --> [Diving Resume]
  • Appendix 11 Scientific Diving – Safe Diving Practices --> [Standards for Scientific Diving Manual]
  • Appendix 12 Statement of Voluntary Consent General Release & Waiver of Liability --> [Liability Waiver]

All other appendicies (listed below) are for your reference and do not need to be uploaded. 

  • Appendix 1 Definition of Terms
  • Appendix 2 AAUS Statistics Collection Criteria and Definition
  • Appendix 3 Emergency Action Plan
  • Appendix 4 Recommendations for Rescue of a Submerged Unresponsive Compressed-Gas Diver
  • Appendix 5 Diving Medical Exam Overview for the Examining Physican (complete this and provide to the physican who is completing your physical, no need to upload)
  • Appendix 8 Recommended Physicans with Expertise in Diving Medicine
  • Appendix 13 AAUS Request for Diving Reciprocity Form Verification of Diver Training & Experience (only needed if you are diving under the auspices of an institution other than Penn State)


The resources below offer guidance for navigating the online diving management system.