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Diving and Boating Safety Committee


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

It is the goal of the DBSC to promote the safety, availability, and accessibility of diving and boating activities for research and education, aligned with FAU’s academic and research mission.
The DBS Committee 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 committee.

Florida Atlantic University, Diving and Boating Safety Committee

  • Matthew Ajemian, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
  • Gabriel Alsenas, Director, Core Facilities
  • Michael Brady, Ph.D., Department Chair & Professor, Department of Exceptional Student Education
  • Robert Coulson, Research Programs Coordinator, SeaTech Research Center
  • Dale Gawlik, Ph.D., Chair, Program Director & Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Tanja Godenschwege, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
  • David Muncher, Diving & Boating Safety Officer, EH&S
  • James Nelson, Diving & Boating Safety Officer, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
  • Joshua Voss, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
  • Jeanette Wyneken, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Dale Gawlik, Ph.D.,
DBSC Chair, Professor and Director, Biological Sciences
dgawlik@fau.edu

Elisa Gaucher, M.B.A.
Assistant Vice President for Research Integrity
egaucher@fau.edu

Judith Martinez, M.Ed.
Research Integrity Coordinator
martinezj2012@fau.edu

Dave Muncher
Diving and Boating Safety Officer, EH&S
dmuncher@fau.edu

Jimmy Nelson
Diving and Boating Safety Officer, HBOI
jnelso40@fau.edu
The Diving and Boating Safety Committee (DBSC) Charter outlines the purpose and responsibilities of the DBSC which includes:

A. Monitoring all scientific diving and boating activities under FAU auspices
B. Management of the diving and boating safety program at FAU

Click here to view the current DBSC Charter.
The committee 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.

The Diving and Boating Safety Role and Function Policy governs the operations or rules of procedure of the Diving and Boating Safety Committee (DBSC) and describes the authority of the DBSC in making decisions to promote safety practices. This policy expands upon and works in conjunction with the Charter of the FAU DBSC.
Diving and Boating Safety Committee (DBSC) Role and Function
The following guidances are being provided by the DBSC to assist researchers in complying with FAU policies and procedures related to diving and boating activities.
Applicability of the Diving and Boating Release and Waiver of Liability
April 10, 2018
March 2018 – No Meeting
Feb. 13, 2018
Jan. 2018 – No Meeting
Dec. 12, 2017
Nov. 14, 2017
Oct. 10, 2017
Sept. 2017 – No Meeting
Aug. 2017 – No Meeting
July 11, 2017
June 2017 – No Meeting
May 22, 2017
April 11, 2017
March 14, 2017
Feb. 14, 2017
Jan. 2017 – No Meeting
Dec. 12, 2016
Agenda Items Submission Due Date Meeting Date
January 30, 2018 February 13, 2018
February 27, 2018 March 13, 2018
March 27, 2018 April 10, 2018
April 24, 2018 May 08, 2018
May 29, 2018 June 12, 2018
June 26, 2018 July 10, 2018
July 31, 2018 August 14, 2018
August 28, 2018 September 11, 2018
September 25, 2018 October 09, 2018
October 30, 2018 November 13, 2018
November 27, 2018 December 11, 2018

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 David Muncher or Jimmy Nelson.

HBOI Training Dates
April 18th - 19th (20th optional)*
July 18th - 19th (20th optional)*
October 17th - 18th (19th optional)*

*Optional dates are for CPR training which approximates 4 hours but may require additional time depending on student needs.

Southern Campus Training Dates
TBA



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