Our Education Programme is recognised around the world and many courses have been run outside of the UK by our trusted training partners in North America, South America, Asia, Australasia and Europe.

Our current International Training Partners include: 

  • Africa - Centre for International Heritage Activities (Based in The Netherlands)
  • Australia - Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology
  • Canada - Shipwreck Preservation Society of Newfoundland & Labrador Inc
  • Canada - Underwater Archaeology Society of British Columbia
  • Canada - Parks Canada
  • Canada - Save Ontario Shipwrecks
  • China - Hong Kong Underwater Heritage Group
  • Colombia - Fundación Tierra Firme
  • Corsica - Société d'Etudes en Archéologie Subaquatique
  • Croatia - International Centre for Underwater Archaeology, Zadar
  • Germany - DEGUWA
  • Ireland - Irish Underwater Council (CFT)
  • Italy - Reitia
  • Japan - Tokai University
  • Switzerland - Schweizer Unterwasser Sport Verband
  • Mexico - ArqSubMx
  • Mexico - Madrephora Natura Y Cultura AC
  • Turkey - Underwater Research Society / Sualti Arkeolojisi Dernegi
  • USA - Northwest Michigan College
  • USA - University of Miami
  • USA - East Carolina University
  • USA - Mudwater Archaeological Society
  • USA - Wisconsin Underwater Archaeology Association
  • USA - Maryland Maritime Archaeology Program
  • USA - SEAMAHP - Seafaring Education and Maritime Archaeological Heritage Program
  • USA - NOAA
  • USA - Blue Endeavors

A world map of our International Training Partners and links to their own websites can be found here 

Meet our amazing team of International Tutors here

Read about how to become an NAS International Training Partner 


Q. What do you need before running NAS courses?

Before being able to run NAS courses you will need a License Agreement that specifies the terms and conditions under which you will operate.

Q. How do you apply for the License Agreement?

You will need to make a case for the License Agreement being granted, which can be done by writing to NAS covering the following points: 

  • Name and background of the proposed organisation that would hold the licence including evidence that the organisation has legal status, e.g. copy of a not-for profit registration, or similarly a company registration
  • Name, background and CV of the nominated contact person, usually the Senior Tutor
  • Name, background and CV of any of proposed additional tutors (instructors)
  • The reason the license is being requested, e.g. to provide archaeological training for your organisation’s volunteers, raise public awareness to the threats to cultural heritage, etc.
  • The License Holder’s plans for running courses i.e. how many, where, when, what kinds, target audience
  • The proposed geographical boundary for the license
  • State the case for why the License Holder should have the licence granted
  • Include any other information that you feel is appropriate

Q. Once you have a License can you run courses anywhere?

The Agreement includes a geographical area, which specifies where you will run the courses, but there is also provision for courses outside the area, subject to prior permission from NAS. 

Q. How long will the Agreement last?

Normally five years. Recently we have been able to offer one-year agreements to help spread the cost of the licence. Contact us to discuss if this is possible.

Q. What costs are involved?

An NAS License Agreement currently costs £1,500 and includes a copy of the NAS Teaching Pack, (see full description below). On expiry of the first 5 year term there is a renewal fee of £750.

In exceptional circumstances NAS will consider spreading the costs over the period of the Agreement.

The NAS Training Record Cards used by course participants to record their experience, which are provided on conclusion of the Introduction Course, currently cost £8 plus postage and can only be obtained from the NAS office.

Q. What is the NAS Teaching Pack?

The NAS Teaching Pack provides the background material to enable tutors to organise and run the NAS Training Programme. It comes as a CD/DVD that automatically opens to a front page from where the reader can navigate easily to every aspect of the Pack, including: 

  • tutor notes for the NAS Introduction and Part I courses
  • images, video and photographs
  • MS PowerPoint template lectures for Introduction and Part 1 courses.
  • course handouts for participants
  • tutor course notes
  • course organiser notes,
  • course paperwork including Health and Safety paperwork

Q. Can the teaching materials be adapted for domestic use?

Yes. It is understood that training partners will adapt the teaching materials to reflect local archaeological case studies, legislation and management practice, as well as to translate relevant parts, in countries where English is not the first language.

Q. What else is required?

A fundamental aspect of the Agreement is to identify a suitable person to become the Senior Tutor.  The Senior Tutor will normally be an experienced, qualified archaeologist, (normally someone with an academic archaeological qualification) and will be the person responsible for co-ordinating NAS courses, supervising the adherence to the syllabus and maintenance of the course standards; development of tutors and all other training related issues, as well as being the main point contact with the NAS office in Portsmouth.

As well as the Senior Tutor, other tutors (instructors) may be required to help run the courses, which would mean that suitable candidates will be required to successfully complete NAS’ Tutor Development Course. NAS runs these courses in the UK and overseas and can organise a course locally for the new training partner.

NOTE: Any associated costs of the Tutor Development Course will depend on the location and are not included in the licence fee.

NOTE: All Tutors involved in teaching the Introduction and Part I courses will be required to maintain their NAS membership. The cost of Tutor Membership can be included in the licence fee.

Q. Is the programme recognised by Universities?

Yes.  NAS programme is used by colleges for accreditation, e.g. credits from NAS Part I and Part III courses run by Northwestern Michigan College contribute to the college’s Social Science degree. 

Although the courses are not formally recognised in the UK by a curriculum authority, a number of professionals started their archaeological training and gained experience through NAS before beginning an academic course, using their NAS experience in support of their application. Universities teaching maritime archaeology all recognise NAS training courses as an indication of interest and dedication to the subject.

Q. Who are NAS International training partners?

The current partners include: 

  • heritage agencies such as NOAA - USA
  • colleges such as Northwestern Michigan College - USA
  • archaeological membership organisations or bodies such as the DEGUWA – Germany
  • universities – such as East Carolina University in the USA & University of Alexandria in Egypt

Q. How is the Training Programme used by the training partners?

The programme is used mainly as part of an outreach or education programme aimed at raising awareness to the threats to cultural heritage, and providing basic and intermediate skills training of field-workers for archaeological projects.

Q. Is the course suitable only for recreational divers?

No. Although it was originally created specifically for recreational divers to enable them to assist archaeologists, the programme is now more broadly based and can be used for the training of non-divers, as well as for other groups, such as terrestrial archaeologists, archaeological students, coastal protection agencies, police, heritage agency staff, etc. Other science based groups have also utilised the programme to train their volunteers in survey skills and to raise awareness to archaeological issues.

Q. Who do we contact about applying for a License Agreement?

In the first instance all enquiries should be sent to the NAS Education Officer at the NAS office including a letter that introduces the organisation and covers the points outlined above. 

As part of NAS response a copy of the Licence / Agreement that will form the basis of the terms and conditions under which you will operate will be sent to you.


Peta Knott,

NAS Education Officer

Nautical Archaeology Society,

Fort Cumberland,



Tel/fax: +44 (0)2392 818419

[email protected]