Education and Training

MAS Member Volunteer Training

MAS offers Basic Training at least once a year at our Annal Meeting as well as additional Advanced Training and Community outreach throughout the year. Whether your interests are in research, diving, remote sensing, or land surveys, there is something for everyone.

MAS Survey team from the viewpoint of our Open ROV.

MAS Basic Qualification (BQ)

Three MAS online lessons:

  • What is Archaeology?
  • Maritime Archaeology
  • Laws and Ethics

All members should watch the online lessons and take the exam from the training officer. These lessons will provide all members with the basics of what we do and explain our limits under the law.

Cost: Free

MAS Intro to Foreshore (shore-based) and Underwater Archaeology

This is a one-day course. The core of the classroom work in this course is an introduction to survey methods and plotting. Divers move to the pool for the divers and non-divers head to the parking lot to practice measuring a section of a shipwreck. Finally, back in the classroom, the measurements are plotted on paper.  Survey methods used are baseline-offset and tri-lateration.

Prerequisite:  Basic Qualification (BQ)
Cost: MAS Members $50. Non-MAS members $80. All divers add $25 for pool costs. (Non-member price includes a 1-year membership to the Maritime Archaeological Society.) Divers bring warm water dive gear.

MAS Part I Certificate in Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology

This 3-day course is designed to build a group of members who can plan and lead an archaeological survey. There will be separate courses for foreshore and underwater students. Students choose a specific wreck site to investigate.

Day 1 – Classroom training includes:

  1. Research design
  2. Project design
  3. Reporting requirements
  4. Detailed ship construction lesson
  5. Search procedures
  6. Reconnaissance (Recce) survey
  7. Survey procedures
  8. Artifact removal (with permit)
  9. Artifact conservation

Day 2 – Reconnaissance (Recce) Survey

  1. Under the instructor’s guidance, students conduct a recce survey in accordance with research design and project plan
  2. Students use info to plan detailed survey

Day 3 – Detailed Survey

  1. Under the instructor’s guidance, students conduct a detailed survey in accordance with research design and project plan and develop data for survey report.

Prerequisites: Basic Qualification (BQ), Intro to Foreshore (shore-based) and Underwater Archaeology.
MAS Members Only. Cost: $50

MAS Part II Intermediate Certificate in Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology

This course will help individuals develop the skills to write a formal report to the state archaeologists. This is an individual self-paced course. Students work with a qualified archaeologist to use data from a previously completed Recce or detailed survey to develop a report for the state archaeologists. Ideally, the student will write the report based on a survey they completed in Part I.

Prerequisites: Basic Qualification (BQ), Intro to Foreshore (shore-based) and Underwater Archaeology, Part I
MAS Members Only. Cost: $50

Other MAS Opportunities:

MAS Remote Sensor Operator

This is a MAS specific course; there is no NAS equivalent. Course is designed to train remote sensor operators who can record and process remote sensor data. Course length is 2 days, though not necessarily consecutive.

The course includes a one-day lesson on magnetometer, side-scan, and ROV operation including post mission data processing. A one-day boat mission will follow using magnetometer, side-scan, and ROV. Graduates will be required to process the mission data.

Prerequisite: Basic Qualification (BQ)
MAS Members Only. Cost: $50

MAS Historical Researcher

This is a MAS specific course; there is no NAS equivalent. The course is designed to train BQ members to become historical researchers. The course is taught in one hour in the library and describes primary/secondary sources, report requirements, and shipwreck life-cycle (aka site formation processes).

Prerequisite: Basic Qualification (BQ)
MAS Members Only. Cost: Free.

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Chris Dewey training volunteer divers to assist with shipwreck archaeology projects.