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How Do I Become a NOAA Certified Diver?
Except on rare occasions when the NOAA Diving Center posts a vacancy, NOAA does not hire divers directly. NOAA hires or contracts individuals for other primary skills, such as being a scientist or a mariner in the NOAA fleet of research vessels. Current job opportunities with NOAA are advertised on the USAJobs website. If you are employed with NOAA, or are employed as a NOAA contractor, and are authorized by your supervisor, you are eligible to pursue NOAA diving certification by the NOAA Diving Program (NDP). Scientific and Working Diving certifications are available. They are obtained by successfully completing an official NDP diver training program. More information about these certifications and requirements can be obtained from this link or by contacting the NOAA Diving Center front desk.


Who May Attend NOAA Diving Center Training Courses?
NOAA employees, NOAA contractors, and other federal, state, and local government employees may apply for NDC training courses. Courses are not open to the general public.


How Can I Get to the NOAA Diving Center?
The NOAA Diving Center is located at:

            NOAA Diving Center
            7600 Sand Point Way NE
            Building 8
            Seattle, WA 98115

  • NDC Map
  • The guard at the gate will direct you to the office when you arrive on campus.
  • NDC is located on a closed campus. Be sure to contact your sponsor at the NOAA Campus and have them submit a visitor request for you.

Where Can I Order the NOAA Diving Manual?
The NOAA Dive Manual is published by BEST Publishing and is available through many commercial booksellers.


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