Plymouth Underwater Fieldschool

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This fieldschool is run in conjunction with Promare and will work on the site of HMS Abelard, a trawler built in 1909 and wrecked in 1916, whilst requisitioned to the Royal Navy during WWI.

The Abelard lies close to the east end of the Plymouth breakwater in approximately 10m of water, with scattered wreckage and her boiler still standing proud of the seabed, this is an ideal site to practice both 2D and 3D survey methods. Work has been carried out on the Abelard as part of the Shipwrecks and History in Plymouth Sound (SHIPS) project, and further information about the site can be found here.  Work carried out as part of the fieldschool will contribute to the ongoing recording and monitoring of the site.

Remember you can join the NAS for the fieldschool in Plymouth, 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? The fieldschool will be based with Pete Holt, in Oreston, Plymouth. 

There are many different accommodation options in the area (PL9 postcode). Some links have been provided by the SHIPS Project 

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 one of the local dive operators in Plymouth and should be organised with them directly. All neccessary survey equipment will be provided on the fieldschool.

For more information or if you are interested in attending a fieldschool in Plymouth, please contact the NAS Office.