Diving and Boating Board

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About the Diving and Boating Board  

On September 16, 2020, the organizational reporting structure of the Diving and Boating Board (DBB) was chaned so that it now reports to the Division of Administrative Affairs.
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).
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

  • John Baldwin, Ph.D., DBB Chair, 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 Ash Graves, CSP, Director, Environmental Health & Safety, Ex-Officio
  • James Nelson, Diving & Boating Safety Officer (Secondary DBSO), DBSO Alternate Member, HBOI


John Baldwin, Ph.D.,
DBB Chair, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Wendy Ash Graves, CSP
Director, Environmental Health and Safety

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 Charter  

The Diving and Boating Board Charter 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. Diving and Boating Board (DBB) Charter

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 third Wednesday of each month unless otherwise noted. Dates are subject to change.

DBB Deadlines DBB Meeting Dates
3rd Wednesday of the month
September 14, 2020 September 16, 2020
October 19, 2020 October 21, 2020
November 16, 2020 November 18, 2020
December 14, 2020 December 16, 2020
Spring 2021 TBA Spring 2021 TBA

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.