Never done archaeology before?

Our Recorder and Surveyor Skills Days are a great place to start and take place on land or underwater. Get in the field with our Recorder Day and learn how to record a site through sketching, photography and video, then on the Surveyor Day learn how to complete a 2D survey of a site and how to use a planning frame to produce a scale drawing.

Who can get involved?

The NAS Skills Days are open to anyone who is interested: diver or non-diver, young or old and no prior learning or qualifications required. There is no age limit on the course, however we ask that those under 16 are supervised by a parent or guardian.

Does the day involve diving?

This course can either be done on an underwater wreck or a foreshore/intertidal site. The minimum diving qualification for those taking part in the diving exercises is CMAS 2-Star, BSAC Sport Diver, SAA Club Diver, PADI Advanced Open Water, or internationally recognised equivalent, with at least 25 open water UK dives.

When can I take this course?

We offer Skills Days on request, so get some friends together and contact us to arrange a course at a time and location that suits you!

Here are the options you should consider when requesting a course:

Course type and venue: dry/classroom, muddy/foreshore, wet/inland dive centre.

Date: weekdays or weekends, consecutive or over several weeks.

Participant numbers: up to six participants (one tutor required) or up to twelve participants (two tutors required)

How can I make the most of my practical training?

We strongly recommend that Skills Days participants complete the eLearning theory beforehand.

  • Introduction to Maritime Archaeology is the theory for the Recorder Day 
  • Underwater Archaeology or Intertidal Archaeology is the theory for the Surveyor day/s

Can I earn credits for participating?

NAS members can earn 5 credits/day if the Skills Days is completed with the eLearning courses.

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