Small Boats

Policies for the use of small boats at STRI's marine stations

  1. Users are responsible for ensuring that the boat contains sufficient fuel to reach their destination and return safely, communication radio, basic spare parts, tools, life-preservers for all people aboard and a set of oars. Contact the facility manager if any of these items are missing.
  2. All small boats need to be operated by a person familiar with the machinery and with local waters. The Boat Manager in Naos or the facility manager (or a person specifically designated by the manager) in the other facilities, will determine whether scientists, visitors, and students meet these conditions, or whether they need to be accompanied by an additional person who does.
  3. If the passengers will be SCUBA diving, a boat tender, who will remain on the boat, is necessary except under the following conditions:
    • Diving done within sight of the station
    • When the Boat Manager or the Facility Manager is satisfied that conditions at the diving site are such that the safety of the divers and the boat are assured, even in the absence of a boat tender.
  4. If the passengers will be snorkeling in the vicinity of the anchored boat, no tender is necessary, except in areas of high wave action or current flow. The Boat Manager or the Facility Manager (or a person designated by the facility manager) will determine whether the conditions require a tender or not.

 

Contact Information

Local Mailing Address

Mail address Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Apartado Postal 0843-03092
Panamá, República de Panamá

U.S. Mail for Panama

Mail address SMITHSONIAN TROPICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
ATT:
9100 PANAMA CITY PL
WASHINGTON DC 20521-9100A