Underwater Archaeology Endorsement

NAS training in classroomThe Underwater Archaeology ScotSAC diving endorsement has been introduced to romote an awareness of maritime heritage and underwater archaeology. It also aims to rewards those ScotSAC members who are prepared to learn new diving skills and widen their knowledge.

The endorsement is titled ‘Underwater Archaeology’ and to gain the endorsement the candidate has to complete the Nautical Archaeology Society’s (NAS) Introduction to Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology one day course. Any qualified ScotSAC diver can gain this award and if you have already completed the NAS Introduction course, the endorsement can be gained retrospectively.

The one day course introduces divers to the basic principals of underwater archaeology, the relevant legislation, and teaches the practical skills required to enable a diver to carry out a basic two dimensional survey of an underwater site. NAS Introduction Courses are held in Edinburgh, Lochaline and at the Scottish Crannog Centre on Loch Tay.

Additionally this endorsement, along with NAS Part 1 Course, can be used towards completing the ScotSAC First Class Diver ‘Underwater Archaeology Module’.

To gain the endorsement, simply send of photocopy of your NAS qualification card showing that you have completed the Introduction Course along with your name, address, and your ScotSAC membership number to ScotSAC HQ in Edinburgh.

NAS pool trainingDates and locations for Introduction Courses can be found on the NAS and ScotSAC website.

Alternatively clubs can organise their own Introduction Courses with assistance of an NAS tutor. For more information on running your own course or to book your place on the January course, contact Mary Harvey at the at the NAS Office on 023 9281 8419 or e-mail mary@nauticalarchaeologysociety.org

For further information on all the NAS courses and project opportunities see www.nauticalarchaeologysociety.org