Marine Underwater Techniques

Scuba diver in oceanThis multi-week course, offered through a partnership between the University of Hawaiʻi and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), teaches students advanced underwater technical skills including underwater navigation, communication, and mapping techniques using GPS, underwater texting, underwater scooters, and precision underwater mapping equipment.

Charting a Course to MUT

For students interested in participating in MUT, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Recreational SCUBA certification (NAUI, PADI, YMCA, etc.)
  2. University of Hawaiʻi Scientific Diver Authorization.For MUT, since all dives are from a NOAA platform, all students are required to become fully authorized, not a DIT like with QUEST.  Depending on the sites, there may be a depth authorization requirement.Follow the flow chart provided by the Diving Safety Office, which states:
    • Fill out Scientific Diver application
    • Schedule a diving physical at Straub Clinic, print and take medical form with you and have them send results to the UH Diving Safety Program
    • Schedule a swim test, pool checkout dive, and ocean checkout dive with Assistant Diving Safety Officer (Liv Wheeler) at (808) 956-6617 or email
    • First Aid/CPR/O2, Rescue Training, plus twelve (12) logged dives
  3. Apply to MUT (your campus MOP Coordinator will have details)
  4. Upon acceptance, students must request a Letter of Reciprocity from the UH Diving Safetly Officer, David Pence to participate
  5. Costs:  MUT is free of charge.  Students must secure their own housing, meals, SCUBA gear, and transportation

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