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2024 AAUS Diving Symposium

Apr 14 - Apr 20

The 2024 AAUS Diving for Science Symposium will be hosted by the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce, Florida, April 14-20, 2024. The week will be filled with instructional workshops such as Serious Accident Investigation, both topside and underwater; wilderness first aid;  human factors workshops; diving workshops covering rescue techniques, scientific snorkeling, and managing divers with acoustics; drift diving with reef fish, near shore benthic surveys and investigating octopi; and much more! Following the workshop opportunities and social/networking events, we will wrap up the week with the national DSO meeting, science symposium, and annual awards banquet.

Sunday, April 14 (NO HBOl rooms available)
9:00 am – 5:00pm Serious Accident Investigation Training Day 1 (SI Board Room)*
8:45am – 5:30pm Learning from Unintended Outcomes (Locke) (Aquarium)*

Monday, April 15
6:30am – 3:00pm Reef Fish Drift Diving workshop (Jupiter ledges)*
8:00am – 12:00pm Monitoring dive ops with acoustics (FSU-PC) (pool)
8:00am – 2:00pm Nearshore benthic survey methods (SMSFP vessel)*
8:00am – -5:00pm Shore dive workshop (Blue Heron Bridge)
8:45am -5:30pm Learning from Unintended Outcomes (Locke) (HBOI)*
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Serious Accident Investigation Training Day 2 (SI Board Room)*
8:00am – 12:00pm Field Emergency Management of Diving Injuries: The role of the Hyperlite 1 (HBOI)
1:00pm – 5:00pm Hyperlite Certification course Day 1 (must attend morning session as well as Day 2)*
Technical workshop (Aquarium) TBD

Tuesday April 16
6:30am – 3:00 pm Reef Fish/ Drift Diving Workshop (Jupiter Ledges)*
8:00am – 5:00pm Human Factors in Diving 2 day course – Day 1 (Locke )(HBO1)*
8:00am – 5:00pm Human Factors in Diving 1 day course (Adams) (HBOI)*
8:00am – 5:00pm DAN Instructor Qualification Course (HBOI)*
8:00 am – 5:00pm Visual Cylinder Inspection (PSI)(Aquarium)
8:00am – 5:00pm Wilderness First AID Day 1 (HBOI)*
8:00am – 5:00pm Hyperlite Certification course (2 day)*
8-00am -2:00 pm Nearshore Benthic Survey Methods (SMSFP vessel)*
8:00 am – 12:00pm Full Face Mask Training with Dive Rescue International (Pelican or I pool)
9:00am – 5:00 pm Octopus workshop with Dive (Blue Heron Bridge- Shore Dive)*
1:00pm – 5:00pm Critical Skills for Scientific Diver Survival by Dive Rescue International (Pelican or IR pool)
5:30pm – 6:30pm PSI-PCI Update (PSI) (Aquarium)
Technician workshop (SID Board room) – TBD

Wednesday, April 17
8:00 am – 5:00pm Human factors in Diving 2 day course – Day 2 (Locke )(HBOI)*
8:00am – 5:00 pm Human Factors in Diving 1 day course (Adams)(HBOI)*
8:00am – 12:00pm AAUS Board of Directors Meeting
8-00am – 12:00pm Contaminated Water Diving (and how to avoid) for Science (HBOI)
8:00am – 5:00pm Wilderness First Aid Day 2 (HBOI)*
8:00pm – 5:00pm Snorkeling best practices for Scientific programs /Seagrass surveys (Bathtub beach)*
8:00 pm – 5:00 pm DO Orientation (HBOI)*
8:00pm – 10:00pm Oxygen Cylinder Cleaning Technician (Aquarium)
10:30am- 12:30pm Valve Repair Technician (Aquarium)
6:00pm -10:00pm Technician workshop (SI Board room) TBD
AAUS Foundation Bubble Breaker (Sailfish Brewery)

Thursdav, April 18
8:30am – 4:30pm AAUS Business and DO Meeting (HBON*
4:30pm – 6:30pm Reception, HBOI tours, Poster Session, Vendor night (HBON

Friday. April 19
8:30am – 5:00pm Science Symposium (Sunrise Theatre) *
6:00pm – 10:00pm 2024 AAUS Awards Banquet (Pelican Yacht Club) *

Saturdav, April 20
9:00am – 12:00pm In-water DSO Rescue Workshop*
2:00 pm-6:00 pm Topics in Scientific Diving (Sunrise Theater)