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Diving Program

Reciprocity

NOAA Reciprocity Diver collecting photos

A NOAA Reciprocity Diver from the University of Miami collects photos to be compiled into a photo mosaic of a reef near the Florida Keys. 

NOAA divers often work with other partners during diving missions to increase the scope and impact of their efforts.

NOAA divers may only work with partners that have “reciprocity” agreements in place with the NOAA Diving Program. Before an agency or group of individuals can become a reciprocity partner, appropriate checks must be made beforehand to make sure all reciprocity divers understand and are following the NOAA safety standards and are properly equipped. In this way, all divers dive using the same standards and procedures, and can work safely as a team.

NOAA reciprocity agreements:

  • Allow non-NOAA divers to participate in NOAA diving activities, and vice-versa, with minimal administrative requirements.
  • Are established with other organizations only after it is determined their diving programs are equivalent to NOAA’s.
  • Are only applicable to personnel employed and covered for medical treatment and Workers Compensation by reciprocity organizations.
  • Are not transferable to other agencies or institutions that have separate reciprocity agreements with NOAA’s reciprocity partners.
  • Expire on December 31 of the year in which they were established. They must be re-established annually.

Read more about establishing reciprocity agreements and administrative requirements.

Reciprocity Agreements

Result Filters

E.g., 2017-12-13
E.g., 2017-12-13
Organization
Sponsor Date Range
Certification
Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G)
Kyle Hebert
907-465-4228
Auke Bay Laboratories
2017-01-01 to 2017-12-31
Scientific
American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS)
Rick Riera-Gomez
305-421-4107
Diving Program
2017-01-01 to 2017-12-31
Scientific
American Samoa Department of Marine & Wildlife Resources Coral Reef Advisory Group (DMWR/CRAG)
Alice Lawrence
684-633-4456
Ecosystems and Oceanography Division
2017-01-01 to 2017-12-31
Scientific
Bishop Museum
Richard Pyle
808-848-4115
Ecosystems and Oceanography Division
2017-01-01 to 2017-12-31
Scientific
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
William Hoffman
703-787-1549
Thunder Bay
2017-01-01 to 2017-12-31
Scientific
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)
Daniel Herb Leedy
504-736-2776
Thunder Bay
2017-01-01 to 2017-12-31
Scientific
California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)
David Osorio
831-649-7195
Diving Program
2017-01-01 to 2017-12-31
Scientific
California Department of Parks & Recreation (CDPR)
Kenneth Kramer
949-922-4708
Stellwagen Bank
2017-01-01 to 2017-12-31
Scientific
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality (CNMI BECQ)
John Iguel
670-664-8500
Ecosystems and Oceanography Division
2017-01-01 to 2017-12-31
Scientific
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)
Jeff Loflin
850-245-2312
Diving Program
2017-01-01 to 2017-12-31
Working
Florida International University (FIU)
Roger Garcia
305-664-2916 ext. 207
Florida Keys
2017-04-20 to 2017-12-31
Working
Guam Department of Agriculture, Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources (DAWR)
Brent Tibbatts
671-735-0289
Ecosystems and Oceanography Division
2017-01-01 to 2017-12-31
Scientific
Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR)
Paul Murakawa
808-253-9826
Ecosystems and Oceanography Division
2017-01-01 to 2017-12-31
Scientific
Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM)
Rebecca Ross
305-372-6857
Protected Resources
2017-01-01 to 2017-12-31
Scientific
Moody Gardens
Jake Emmert
409-683-4104
Flower Garden Banks
2017-08-11 to 2017-12-31
Working
United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS)
Brett Seymour
303-969-2993
Diving Program
2017-01-01 to 2017-12-31
Working
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Alan Humphrey
732-321-6748
Diving Program
2017-01-01 to 2017-12-31
Scientific
United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
Andy Roberts
573-234-2132 x110
Ecosystems and Oceanography Division
2017-01-01 to 2017-12-31
Scientific
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Marc Blouin
734-657-0690
Thunder Bay
2017-01-01 to 2017-12-31
Scientific
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
Michael Ulrich
360-902-2737
Conservation Biology
2017-10-24 to 2017-12-31
Scientific

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855-UBA-DIVE
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or (satellite phone)
206-526-6986

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