Students, Researchers, and Visitors must contact the Boat Safety Officer (BSO) before using FHL rowboats or powerboats.

All visitors, including those on field trips, must receive an in-person orientation before using the rowboats. If you’re wondering whether this applies to you, the answer is YES! Feel free to contact the BSO prior to your arrival to set up a short orientation on the dock.

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.

Persons needing to SCUBA dive must contact the Dive Safety Officer (DSO) and are advised to do so 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).

Dive Safety Officer:   Pema Kitaeff
Boat Safety Officer:   Kristy Kull

The DSO/BSO office is in the dive house at the end of the dock
Phone: 206-543-0876 or 360-378-2165 x18

Please see below for information, manuals and forms pertinent to Boating and Diving, Boating only and Diving only.

Boating and Diving

Boat and Dive Fees – updated for 2021

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 (.doc)
Floatplan (.pdf)

Usage: Motorboat use hours will be calculated according to the sign-out sheets. Nitrox users will submit their usage. For your convenience, here are pdf and xls versions of a form you can use to log your boat use, fuel use and SCUBA fills.

FHL Log – Boat, Fuel and SCUBA Fill (pdf)
FHL Log – Boat, Fuel and SCUBA Fill (xls)

Boating Only

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

Diving Only

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
Marine Subtidal Ecology Course 2021 Summer
LOG UW DIVES (requires user login; new users may register at site.)

Boat Useful Links

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


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