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August 17, 2017- (Key West, FL).  The heritage of our underwater world: Key West Art & Historical Society offers Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar

Key West Art & Historical Society, in partnership with the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, is offering a Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar Thursday, September 21 – Saturday, September 23, with classroom instruction in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum and a day of open water diving.

The three-day course will explain the advantages of conserving historic shipwrecks and other submerged cultural resources as they preserve information about our collective past as well as the vibrant ecosystems that grow around them. Agency course directors, instructor trainers, instructors, dive students, and heritage professionals will gain a greater knowledge of how to proactively protect shipwrecks, artificial reefs, and other underwater cultural sites as part of the marine environment.

The classroom sessions will feature discussions on: maritime archaeology, shipwrecks and underwater heritage tourism; conservation issues; submerged cultural resource laws; teaching outlines and classroom modules for your training organization, and more. The in-field training includes SCUBA dives on two historic shipwrecks.

Participants receive the HADS workbook and a CD with all PowerPoint presentations to use in their own classes. Upon completion of the seminar, they can teach the new Heritage Awareness Diving Specialty Course (approved by PADI, NAUI, SDI, and UDT) as well as incorporate underwater historic preservation into other courses.

Class size is limited. For more information, visit or contact Adele Williams at 305-295-6616, extension 115. Your museums.  Your community.  It takes an island.