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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

  • Brian Benscoter, Ph.D., DBSC 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)
  • Jeanette Wyneken, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Non-Voting Members
  • Wendy D. Ash Graves, CSP, Director, Environmental Health & Safety, Ex-Officio
  • James Nelson, Alternate Diving & Boating Safety Officer (HBOI), DBSO Alternate Member
Brian Benscoter, Ph.D.,
DBSC Chair, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Brian.Benscoter@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

Elizabeth (Lizzie) McNamee
Diving and Boating Safety Officer, EH&S
emcnamee@fau.edu

Jimmy Nelson
Diving and Boating Safety Officer, Harbor Branch at FAU
jnelso40@fau.edu
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
MOCC Training Requirements
First Aid/CPR Training Requirements
Training Requirements for non-Motorized canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards
2018 Meeting Minutes

2017 Meeting Minutes

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

Meeting Date
February 25, 2019
March 25, 2019
April 22, 2019
May 20, 2019*
June 24, 2019
July 22, 2019
August 26, 2019
September 23, 2019
October 28, 2019
November 25, 2019
December 9, 2019*

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 Boating Safety Program page for information on training dates and requirements.



 Last Modified 3/6/19