This programme is for people working in the field of scientific research or data collection that requires diving operations. Employment in the field of scientific diving requires a scientific background but also the training to manage dive operations in an occupational approach with planning, appropriate selection of teams and supervisory roles.
This programme introduces and develops skills in all the areas of running scientific diving projects, the management of dive teams, emergency plans and diving skills. The result will be individuals trained for participation in research projects with foundations in scientific diving skills, experience with an array of equipment and the ability to plan efficient diving operations.
At the end of the programme, training in specialist fields and experience in supervision can be continued to develop expertise in specific disciplines or project leader roles.
METHOD OF DILIVERY
- Pre-Course Online learning
- In Person training
- Advanced Open Water/ CMAS 2* or equivalent
- 50 Logged Dives
- Drysuit/ Cold Water Experience
- Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field
CORE MODULES AND CONTENT
The course covers the following modules:
- Core Diving Skills
- Rescue Management
- Underwater Navigation
- Physiology, Physics and decompression Theory
- Diving Laws and Regulations
- Standards Scientific Diving Skills
- Core Biological Techniques
- Core Archeological Techniques
- Dive Project Planning and Supervision
- Small boat handling and navigation
- Full Face Masks, Communications Systems and Tethers
- Site Locations Survey and Setup
- Lift Bags, Air Lifts and Mammoth Dredges
- Photography and Videography
The final examination consists of two parts:
- Part 1 – Dive Project and Report
- Part 2 – Diving Skills and Theory Evaluation
The programme is split into three blocks. Students are expected to use the intermediate periods for personal study with materials and diving practise.
Course runs Monday to Saturday full time:
- Aug 8 – Sep 17
- Sep 19–21
- Edd Stockdale, Finnish Scientific Diving Academy Coordinator
- Beatrice Riavoria, MSc, Marine Scientist and Scientific Diver
The cost for the programme (€3500 plus VAT) covers all training, certificates issued during the programme, diving activities and specialist equipment used in the programme.
Participants will need to cover accommodation and food while at the Tvärminne Zoological Station.
Participants will need their own basic diving equipment. Special packages have been arranged to assist participant in the correct equipment options if required.
After a successful completion of the course and the examination, participants will be issued with a Professional Diploma in Scientific Diving.
Application can be made to Suomen Tutkimussukelluksen Ohjausyhdistys (STOY) to attain recognition of competency for the European scientific diving levels.
Certificates issued during the course also include:
- DAN O2 and First Aid Provider
- Human Factors Level 0 Certificate
ONNI TALAS GRANTS TO ATTEND SCIENTIFIC DIVING COURSES AT TVÄRMINNE ZOOLOGICAL STATION
The Finnish Scientific Diving Academy (FSDA; www.helsinki.fi/finnish-scientific-diving-academy) was
established in autumn 2021 to revitalise the training of scientific divers in Finland. The goal is to create a
leading first-class facility in cold water based scientific diving at Tvärminne Zoological Station. Registration
for the first scientific diving (occupational level) 6-week courses is now open. The courses are led by Edd
Stockdale at Tvärminne Zoological Station.
The Onni Talas Foundation is now generously offering personal grants of 5000 euro to cover the course fee
(3500 euro + 24% VAT = 4340 euro) and some of the accommodation costs at TZS.
These grants are open to students at Finnish universities at BSc/ BA, MSc/ MA or PhD level in relevant fields
(e.g. marine sciences, maritime archaeology). Bachelor students need to be close to finishing their degree
at the time of the course, since an academic degree is a prerequisite for getting the Occupational Scientific
The recipients of the grants will be chosen based on a free-form application, including:
• a motivational letter
• academic CV
• diving qualifications
• number of logged dives and
• number of cold water dives (<10C) or dry suit dives.
• State also which course you would want to register for (starting in April or in August).
Please send your application in English as a single pdf-file to Edd Stockdale (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The deadline for applying for grants for the August course is 22.6.2022.