The Adopt a Wreck scheme is part of the wider Dive with a Purpose initiative introduced in 2000 which received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund through the Diving into History Project.
It’s a way of encouraging the public to actively record the sites they are visiting and everyone who has adopted a site is encouraged to submit their work for the annual Adopt a Wreck Award.
What kind of sites can I adopt?
As the title suggests, it is most common for dive clubs to adopt a shipwreck however other types of sites can be adopted such as planes, tanks and maritime infrastructure. On land there is a range of harbour works and buildings with nautical connections, coastal habitations, hulks and other material of archaeological interest that can be adopted too.
What will I get?
The Adopt a Wreck newsletter is produced for those who have adopted sites and the NAS will send you an Adopt a Wreck CD-Rom starter pack (sponsored by Historic England, Historic Scotland, Cadw and PADI), when you sign up. It includes guidance on working safely, useful equipment, advice on project planning, recording and research, recording forms, advice on legislation and information on NAS Training.
How to adopt a site
If you, your group or club have a site that you visit regularly and would like to take your work on that site further and contribute to our knowledge of maritime site by adopting it, please sign up to the scheme.
Over 120 sites have been adopted under the scheme so far, both in the UK and overseas. View a list here.
Annual Adopt A Wreck Award
Every year the NAS awards its Adopt a Wreck Award to the person or group who has made the most significant contribution to archaeology, research and dissemination through the Adopt a Wreck scheme. Applications normally open in September with the award being given at the NAS Annual Conference in November at which the winners are invited to present. Find out more here.