Lochaline Fieldschools

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Diving at LochalineTaking place in partnership with the Lochaline Dive Centre, this fieldschool will work on recording the remains of a 19th merchant ship, The John Preston, lying in 14-25 m of water in the Sound of Mull close to the Lochaline Dive Centre. The John Preston was carrying a cargo of slate from Wales when she was wrecked in 1882. The remains of the John Preston are broken up on the seabed but many different features can be seen around the site, including the keel, an anchor, iron knees and even small artefacts such as pulley wheels and bottles.

Over the course of the fieldschool you will not only have the opportunity to dive and record this site as you put your survey skills in to practice; you will also be able to gain a better understanding of the different features which may be found on sailing ships from this period and contribute to an on-going monitoring survey of the site. For more information on the John Preston, and previous work that has been undertaken on the site please visit the project pages.

The 2014 Fieldschool in Lochaline will be run as a combined Introduction and Part I Fieldschool for those who wish to attend as part of the ELearning programme. The first day will recap the survey methods learnt during both the Introduction and Part I courses, and you will have the chance to put these into practice with a dry run. The second day will be a full day of diving, carrying out 2D survey exercises on site in the morning and 3D survey exercises in the afternoon. Back at the dive centre you will then have a chance to process the data you have collected.

Remember you can join the NAS for the fieldschool in Lochaline, whether you are working through the ELearning programme, you wish to refresh your skills, collect data for a NAS Part 2 report or for fieldwork experience to count towards your Part 4 Diploma. Don't forget if you are attending the fieldschool as part of your ELearning course, you will need to complete the theory elements before taking part.

Where is it? Located on the west coast of Scotland on the Sound of Mull, the dive centre has easy access to the waters of Sounds, which boast some fantastic dives. Why not make a trip of it and once you have completed your fieldschool, stay on and enjoy some of the other wrecks in the Sound.

The dive centre offers 4* accommodation in the Dive Lodge and can offer bed and breakfast, full board or self catering options

Qualifications and Equipment: Divers attending the fieldschool must hold PADI Advanced Open Water, BSAC Sports Diver or equivalent qualifications. Divers will also be required to self-certify their medical condition by signing a NAS release and waiver form and ensure that their equipment is serviced and in good working order (in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations).   The NAS does not provide diving equipment for any courses or fieldschools, if you do not have diving equipment, this can be hired through the Lochaline Dive Centre. All neccessary survey equipment will be provided on the fieldschool. Diving will be undertaken from a hard boat, with a lift and the site is just a short trip from the Dive Centre.

For more information or to book a place on the Portland Fieldschool, please contact the NAS Office or download a booking form.