June 14, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – June 16, 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Custom House Museum, Helmerich Research & Learning Center
The Custom House
281 Front St, Key West, FL 33040
Adele Williams
305-295-6616, 115
Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar 2018 @ Custom House Museum, Helmerich Research & Learning Center | Key West | Florida | United States
The Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar is intended to explain the advantages of conserving shipwrecks and other submerged cultural resources, not only to preserve information about our collective past but also to preserve the vibrant ecosystems that grow around historic shipwrecks. HADS focuses on providing scuba training agency Course Directors, Instructor Trainers, and Instructors, dive students, as well as heritage professionals, with a greater knowledge of how to proactively protect shipwrecks, artificial reefs, and other underwater cultural sites as part of the marine environment. HADS consists of two evenings of classroom instruction and one day of open water diving; participants receive the HADS workbook and a CD with all PowerPoint presentations to use in their own classes. Upon completion of HADS, participants can teach the new Heritage Awareness Diving Specialty Course, approved by PADI, NAUI, SDI, a UDT, as well as incorporate underwater historic preservation into other courses. HADS is taught in partnership with the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research.
The classroom sessions include a series of lectures and discussions on:
  • Maritime archaeology, shipwrecks, and underwater heritage tourism
  • Issues in conservation: take only photos and leave only bubbles
  • Laws pertaining to submerged cultural resources: international, federal, and state
  • Teaching outline and classroom modules for your training organizatio
  • And more…
The in-field training includes:
  • SCUBA dives on two historic shipwrecks (Joe’s Tug and the Vandenburg)
  • The diving provides participants with direct experience relating to the previous days’ lectures

Course Schedule:

  • Thursday, June 14: 6:00 – 9:00 pm, classrrom based learning at the Custom House
  • Friday, June 15: 6:00 – 9:00 pm, classroom based learning at the Custom House
  • Saturday, June 16: 1.00 am – 7:00 pm, In-field Dive Training