Introduction Course

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NAS Introduction to Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology

What does the course involve?
The first stage of the NAS Training Programme, the Introduction Course is a full day of training introducing participants to the subject of nautical archaeology. Combining a mixture of classroom and practical sessions, the course aims to promote nautical archaeology to those interested in learning a little bit more.

As well as an introduction to the basic principles of archaeology, the Course will also introduce the range of sites which can be covered under the title 'nautical' or 'maritime' archaeology - it is not just shipwrecks and it is certainly not all underwater.

By the end of the day you will not only have received an introduction to various theory topics but will have also undertaken practical sessions in 2D survey methods. IntroThe chance to practice techniques and to draw up the results will help to give you the skills to start recording and understanding some of the sites you visit.

For an example timetable on what the day involves please click the link below. Please note that this is a sample timetable and specific timing may vary from course to course.

Introductory Timetable

Who can get involved?
The NAS Introduction course is open to anyone who is interested, no prior learning or qualifications are required. There is no age limit on the course, however we ask that those under 16 are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The course is open to both divers and non-divers and there will be no difference in the qualification awarded.

Does the course involve diving?
For those who are attending the course as divers, there is an opportunity to practice the survey skills in an underwater environment, usually in a swimming pool or inland dive site. The minimum diving qualification for those taking part in the diving exercises if they are to be held in a swimming Pool is CMAS 1-Star/BSAC Ocean Diver/SAA Open Water Diver/PADI Open Water. If the practical session is in open water then the minimum diving qualification is CMAS 1-Star/BSAC Ocean Diver/SAA Open Water Diver/PADI Open Water with at least 25 open water UK dives.

It does not matter if you are not a diver, as any diving element of the course will be entirely optional and further dry land practicals and examples will be provided, giving those who do not wish to dive an opportunity to undertake a more detailed survey exercise to hone skills and techniques. Many nautical or maritime sites are located on the foreshore or completely on dry land so there is plenty to get involved with.

How much does the course cost?
The cost of the Introduction course will vary depending on the venue and other costs, please visit the course diary for more information on current courses and fees.

Please note that the course fee does not include any entrance or membership fees required by venues where courses may be held, including Stoney Cove, Vobster Quay, Capernwray, Guildenburgh Water, Buckland Lake and Chepstow.

Why not hold a course for your club?
If you have a group who are interested in attending an Introduction Course, why not consider organising a bespoke course for your group? We can arrange to come to you and run a course on a day of the week to suit your group. We will usually need a minimum of 6 -8 participants for a course and a maximum of 16, however this is flexible depending on the group and facilities available. For more information or if you would like to discuss a bespoke course further, please contact the NAS Office.

What participants thought...

"I have been to a range of courses and this ranks up there with the best. Most professional, informative and enjoyable."

"Throughly enjoyable but the day went too fast! Thank you very much"

"I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a course so much....and I've been on a few in the last 5 years! It was a brilliant day and I've been left wanting to know more about every aspect of what NAS offers and how I can also be more involved. "

"The course was well laid out for an intro and has left me ready to do more!"

"The whole course was superb and a good learning curve"

The Introduction course is a prerequisite for attending the Part I Certificate in Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology course.

Can't make it to one of our face-to-face courses?
The NAS ELearning Programme is designed with you in mind. Learn the theory elements of this course from the comfort of your sofa and then have fun learning the practical side at a fieldschool near you.

Please click here for more information on ELearning.