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NAS Part 1: Certificate in foreshore and underwater archaeology

What does the course involve?

The NAS Part 1 Certificate builds on the knowledge and skills learnt during the Introduction Course. The course aims to introduce archaeological projects from the planning phase through to carrying out a 3D survey and publishing the results.

As well as looking at project planning and building on the 2D survey techniques with 3D surveys, the course will also look at other issues which may arise during a project. These include safety and logistics, search and survey methods, and dealing with archaeological finds. Through the use of case studies and examples we will also demonstrate how all of these factors come together for a successful project.

Who can get involved?

The Part 1 Course is open to anyone who has previously completed the NAS Introduction Course. There are no other pre-requisties for the course. 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.

How can I complete the NAS Part 1 Course?

There are three options to complete your NAS Part 1 Course:

  1. Through the NAS ELearning programme you can learn the theory elements of the course in your own time and from the comfort of your sofa. Then you can join us for a fieldschool to put the practical skills into practice. Click here for more information on ELearning and to learn about our special discount offers for 2015.
  2. If you are a member of a club or group, why not invite the NAS to come to you. We can offer bespoke courses to meet your club’s needs on a day of the week to suit you. This is a two day course, so it could be run over a weekend, mid-week or over two consecutive weekends. 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.
  3. If ELearning is not for you, why not book on to one of our scheduled courses? These courses are held over two days and will cover both the theory and practical sessions.

Whatever route you choose to complete your Part 1 course, the skills and information you learn will be the same and the skills can be applied to sites both underwater and on the foreshore.

For an example Part 1 Course timetable, please click here.Part I

Does the course involve diving?

Depending on the venue, your Part 1 course or fieldschool may include an optional underwater practical session. Underwater sessions may be held in an inland dive site (such as Stoney Cove) or in open water.

Diving is entirely optional and will only take place at the discretion of a NAS Diving Supervisor. The minimum diving qualification for those taking part in the diving exercises is CMAS 2-Star, BSAC Sport Diver, SAA Club Diver, or PADI Advanced 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 NAS are pleased to be able to offer a special discounted rate for the ELearning Part I Course Theory for 2015 of just £35! (Was £65.)

The cost of fieldschools, scheduled and bespoke courses will vary depending on the course 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, such as Stoney Cove.

What participants thought...

"Fascinating course, the tutors made it interesting throughout and were all friendly, helpful and approachable"

"Good detail given in a relaxed atmosphere"

"Can't fault it. The right degree of seriousness and informity"

"Thoroughly enjoyed it all and definitely will be getting involved"