Diving and Boating Board

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About the Diving and Boating Board  

On March 25, 2019 the committee previously known as the Diving and Boating Safety Committee (DBSC) has changed its name to become the Diving and Boating Board (DBB) as described by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS).

On December 2, 2016 the organizational reporting structure of the Diving and Boating Board (DBB) was changed so that it now reports to the Division of Research.

It is the goal of the DBB to promote the safety, availability, and accessibility of Diving and Boating activities for research and education, aligned with FAU's academic and research mission.

Board Members  

The DBB is comprised of FAU faculty researchers and staff representative of both the scientific Diving and Boating activities with a knowledge of those specializations within FAU's programs to serve as voting members. Members from the Division of Research serve as non-voting members to provide council and administrative coordination within the Board.

Florida Atlantic University, Diving and Boating Board

  • Brian Benscoter, Ph.D., DBB Chair, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Matthew Ajemian, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor, HBOI
  • Michael Brady, Ph.D., Dept. Chair & Professor, Dept. of Exceptional Student Education
  • Tanja Godenschwege, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Elizabeth McNamee, B.S., Diving & Boating Safety Officer (Primary DBSO), Environmental Health & Safety
  • Chelsea Bennice, Ph.D., Assistant to the Director of the ASCEND Program, Division of Research
  • Non-Voting Members
  • Wendy D. Ash Graves, CSP, Director, Environmental Health & Safety, Ex-Officio
  • James Nelson, Diving & Boating Safety Officer (Secondary DBSO), DBSO Alternate Member, HBOI


Brian Benscoter, Ph.D.,
DBB Chair, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Elisa Gaucher, M.B.A.
Assistant Vice President for Research Integrity

Judith Martinez, M.Ed.
Research Integrity Coordinator

Elizabeth (Lizzie) McNamee
Diving and Boating Safety Officer, EH&S

Jimmy Nelson
Diving and Boating Safety Officer, Harbor Branch at FAU

Diving and Boating Safety Program (EH&S)  

The board will work in collaboration with the Diving and Boating Safety Program in EH&S to expand on the research enterprise and sail toward FAU's goal of becoming a top research intensive institution.

For information about the Diving and Boating Safety Program visit the EH&S website here.

The Diving and Boating Safety (DBS) Manual provides an overview of the diving and boating safety program including policies & regulations, training certification requirements, medical standards, forms and other guidelines. Click here to view the working draft of the current DBS Manual.

DBB Role and Function Policy  

The Diving and Boating Safety Role and Function Policy governs the operations or rules of procedure of the Diving and Boating Board (DBB) and describes the authority of the DBB in making decisions to promote safety practices. This policy expands upon and works in conjunction with the Charter of the FAU DBB.
Diving and Boating Board (DBB) Role and Function

DBB Guidance Documents  

The following guidances are being provided by the DBB to assist researchers in complying with FAU policies and procedures related to diving and boating activities.
FAU Qualified Boat Operator Training Requirements
Applicability of the Diving and Boating Release and Waiver of Liability
MOCC Training Requirements
First Aid/CPR Training Requirements
Training Requirements for non-Motorized canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards

DBB Meeting Minutes  

2019 Meeting Minutes

2018 Meeting Minutes

2017 Meeting Minutes

DBB Meeting Dates  

Meetings are conducted on the fourth Monday of each month unless otherwise noted. Dates are subject to change.

DBB Deadlines DBB Meeting Dates
4th Monday of the month
January 20, 2020 January 27, 2020
February 17, 2020 February 24, 2020
March 16, 2020 March 23, 2020
April 20, 2020 April 27, 2020
May 25, 2020 June 1, 2020

DOI-MOCC Training  

The DOI-MOCC Motorboat Operator course is required of all new FAU boat operators and includes one day of online training required prior to class and two days of field instruction.

Prospective candidates should complete and return the FAU Boat Safety Program Boat Application with a PI/Supervisor signature, as soon as possible. There are limited seats, assigned on a first come basis. Please return applications to FAU Diving and Boating Safety Officers Lizze McNamee or Jimmy Nelson.

Visit the Environmental Health & Safety Boating Safety Program page for information on training dates and requirements.