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Dive Safety Officer

Jim Cvitanovich, the DSO for the Ocean Studies Institute, has been free and scuba diving along the So. Cal. Coast since 1963. Starting out at 12 with mask, snorkel, fins and sweatshirt along the Palos Verdes coast near home in San Pedro, getting scuba certified in 1971, and becoming a PADI instructor in 1981.
Jim has worked as a commercial diver in the area doing light salvage, survey, and repair, and as second captain and crew on a number of commercial dive boats in San Pedro. Acting as the assistant DSO since 1981, Jim took over the position as DSO in 1999.

Besides his DSO duties, Jim possesses a 200 ton Masters license and is the captain of the R/V Yellowfin, the Institute's research vessel.