A number of rowboats are available to use for short trips in the vicinity of FHL and the Town of Friday Harbor, free of charge.  If you wish to borrow a rowboat, you must first receive a short, in-person orientation with Boat Safety Officer (BSO) Kristy Kull. This rule applies to ALL visitors, including students, researchers, faculty, and Whiteley scholars as well as those participating in conferences or field trips at FHL. If it has been more than six months since your last orientation, a refresher is required. You may contact Kristy Kull before arrival if you’d like to schedule an orientation in advance.


FHL has four motorboats available to use by FHL visitors for research purposes only.  Their use is charged on an hourly basis.  We require that all users of FHL motorboats carry a Washington State boater education card unless exempted by the State’s age requirement. Contact the BSO for more information or about hiring a qualified boat driver to help you.

Here is the FHL Boat Manual and the pdf version.
Common Small Boat Problems and Suggested Solutions
FHL Small Motorboats
FHL Boat Policy

Diving and Snorkeling

Persons who wish to SCUBA dive for their research must contact Dive Safety Officer (DSO) Pema Kitaeff well in advance of their arrival at FHL. All diving at UW and FHL is for scientific purposes and conducted according to AAUS standards. SCUBA medical clearance will be required.  If you wish to snorkel while at the labs you must also meet with the DSO before proceeding with snorkeling plans.  Please plan on bring your own snorkeling gear if possible (full 7mm wetsuits required).

Snorkeling Regulations at FHL
Level III Check-out Form (pdf) – Boat Tender to SCUBA Diver: This form must be filled out by the “lead” diver to the prospective boat-tender prior to the first dive trip.
Dive Equipment Loan Form (pdf)
UW Dive page and Forms
AAUS website
LOG UW DIVES (requires user login; new users may register at site.)

Float Plan: Please submit to BSO (Kristy Kull) personally, or IF previous communication has been established, this form may be deposited in the Fernald mailbox marked “Kitaeff/Kull” or emailed to Form attached is available as a pdf or word document.

Floatplan form (.doc)

Floatplan form (.pdf)


Boating Only

Useful Links

San Juan Islands Marine Forecast
Friday Harbor Weather Report
FHL Weather Station
Tide Predictions


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