Diving in Sitka

If you are a student interested in fisheries, diving, and marine biology, and would like to round out your studies with a field-based program in Alaska, please join us for a semester of diving in the Spring of 2018 (January 14 - May 5).

You will have the opportunity to work with UAS faculty and become accomplished research divers. Over the semester, you will learn everything from basic dive skills, to underwater rescue procedures, to underwater data collection techniques and you will become familiar with local fish and invertebrate species, and participate in new and ongoing marine-related research projects. Additionally, you will develop skills in basic skiff handling and small engine maintenance techniques, critical to underwater field work.

This program offers you the opportunity to earn certifications as a PADI* Open Water Diver, PADI Dry Suit Diver, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, PADI Research Diver, AAUS* Scientific Diver, and a DAN* O2 Provider along with gaining experience in cold-water research and field work.

Hands-On Learning

Alaska Dive Semester offers students from around the country the opportunity for an academic hands-on learning experience studying biological sciences with easy access to cold-water marine habitats.


Cold-water Diver in AlaskaPhoto credit: Shawn Harper

Sitka Sound

Open to the Pacific Ocean, Sitka Sound features a raw coastline, abundant with wildlife - including fish, invertebrates, whales, sea lions, otters, and seabirds.


Whales in Sitka Sound Alaska


Develop Scientific Diving Skills

Students study with diving professionals to develop diving techniques, safety skills, and research expertise.


Dive boat operator in Alaska


Small Boat Handling

Basic familiarity with boats and engines proves indispensable working in underwater systems. Students learn how to prevent issues from arising, and to troubleshoot problems while out in the field.


Divers watch Alaskan sunset


Interdisciplinary Study

In addition to gaining experience in field techniques and diving, students also get to be a part of the larger Sitka community, through miles of hiking trails, frequent potlucks, and a vibrant arts scene.


For more details, contact Dr. Reid Brewer at 907-747-7799 or by email.


* Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS), Divers Alert Network (DAN)