Coordinated through Cal Poly's Center for Coastal Marine Sciences, Marine Operations provides students, faculty and staff with the tools needed to complete their research and education goals. Marine Operations maintains the Cal Poly pier, flowing seawater system, and oversees the Scientific Boating and Scientific Diving Programs.
Marine Operations extends Cal Poly's learn by doing philosophy beyond the pier by maintaining a small fleet of boats accessible through the Scientific Boating Program. This program provides students, faculty and researchers a means of conducting their research throughout the nearshore waters of Central and Southern California.
As a founding member of the Scientific Boating Safety Association, Cal Poly subscribes to an accepted training standard for vessel operators. This provides for reciprocity between institutions and allows students, faculty and researchers the opportunity to work cooperatively with other organizations.