CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is now an organizational member of the prestigious American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS).
The AAUS sets the standard for exemplary safety guidelines in the world of scientific diving. Many organizations including colleges and universities, government agencies, museums and aquaria, environmental and archaeological consulting firms, and community science groups make up the membership of AAUS.
“The best part is that the American Academy of Underwater Sciences sets the standards that all organizational members follow,” said Brett Dodson, Dive Safety Officer at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “When we collaborate with other organizations they know that we are following these exemplary standards.”
Dodson, who has over 20 years of dive program management experience, says that becoming part of AAUS sets Texas A&M-Corpus Christi up to provide our diving scientists with training that will be recognized by state, federal, and even private agencies. A new Dive Operations Department is in the works for the Island University, which will be a benefit to any department on campus that uses scientific diving as a tool for research. Under the new AAUS standards, Dodson will be able to assist Texas A&M-Corpus Christi research scientists develop dive methods and data collection techniques specific to their project needs.
“Our primary purpose is to make sure that anyone who dives for the university is protected and as safe as possible,” said Dodson. “I enjoy training people for the task and teaching them the safest way to do it.”
The AAUS, a non-profit, has grown from six organizational members to over 130 and over 1,100 individual members since 1983. The mission of the AAUS is to facilitate the development of safe and productive scientific dive practices. As part of the organization all members have access to a network of information on diving research, methodologies, funding standards for training, and exposure to other agencies currently participating in undersea research.