Gateway to the past
If you’re wondering about focusing your diving by getting a handle on the UK’s underwater history, the Nautical Archaeology Society is a good place to start.
The NAS’s international training programme can provide an introduction to the subject and help you to build your skills and experience so that you can participate in projects and fieldwork around the world – or even run your own projects.
The modular programme starts with a one-day introduction course and works through the Part I, II and III certificates towards the Part IV diploma. No prior qualifications are required.
There is a varied range of courses and field schools on the NAS website, but those new to maritime archaeology will be interested in the
NAS Introduction to Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology day at Capernwray Diving Centre in Carnforth, Lancs on 5 September.
The one-day course with tutor Ian Cundy includes a mix of theory and practical sessions and a diving option, and costs £70. It might just point you in a new direction!

Triton does it at Vobster
Basic Archaeological Diver is a unique PADI speciality course run throughout the year by Triton Scuba on a purpose-built survey site at Vobster Quay.
”The course provides the perfect introduction to marine archaeology – and it’s great fun,” says Triton.
The two-day course covers the basics of archaeology under water with simple recording techniques using little more than a camera, tape measures and a couple of slates.
On the theoretical side you will cover the laws governing divers and underwater archaeology in the UK, and look into archaeological dating techniques such as typology and stratigraphy.
Practical surveying techniques, such as photo mosaic, trilateration and offsets, are covered in the classroom before moving into confined and then open water to practise. The course costs £245.