Cultural activities
Description Cultural activities encompass expressions, traditions, and practices that reflect a group's shared values, beliefs, and history. Divers, underwater vehicle pilots, technicians, and sailors share common values based on navigation, diving, and robotics history. Our database provides many historical scientific and technical papers that searchers can use. However, the history of underwater activities must also be studied through dedicated websites, maritime and diving museums, and reports by recognized historians and archeologists to better understand the reasons for the procedures we use today and their evolution throughout the ages. These historical activities should be actively supported, as it would be impossible to establish historical facts without individuals collecting, restoring, and studying ancient artifacts. This section aims to provide links to museums, archeological organizations, and any organizations involved in cultural activities related to diving, navigation, and underwater vehicles.
1 - Underwater archeology During the early days of diving, underwater archeology was limited to simply retrieving wrecked objects from the depths without further investigation. Unfortunately, this was often done with the intention of selling these treasures for a profit. However, such practices are now strictly prohibited due to territorial and exclusive economic zone laws that designate wrecks as the property of coastal states. Consequently, modern underwater archeology is conducted by government-appointed scientists in charge of investigating shipwrecks found within their respective countries' waters.  Despite being tasked with this important work, many archeologists face significant budget constraints that limit their ability to conduct thorough investigations. As a result, they sometimes seek assistance from volunteer sports divers using SCUBA or rebreathers. While helpful in some ways, it must be noted that these diving practices are not as safe as those in force in commercial diving and cannot be carried out on sites where professional operations are already taking place, despite what some self-proclaimed organizations might claim. The main reason is that it would be unsuitable to impose a high level of safety on some divers while authorizing others with weaker levels to dive at the same site. This is why we have separated archeology from other underwater work activities, as we cannot support working activities performed using the above gears despite understanding why archeologists use them. For more information, refer to the Diving study CCO Ltd #9 “Analysis of the document IOGP 411 - rev. 2021” (page 92). It should also be mentioned that Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles have become increasingly popular tools among archaeologists in recent years. Initially developed for offshore industries, these advanced technologies have helped improve many aspects of modern-day underwater investigations while simultaneously reducing reliance on recreational divers. For those interested in learning more about underwater archeology courses or participating in non-profit organizations engaged in similar activities, we have included links that provide relevant addresses, along with various reports compiled by experts in this field. Click on the button below to open our database.
Archeological database
2 - Maritime and diving history museums Numerous national maritime museums have been created that exhibit vessels' parts, navigation tools, and diving equipment from the early periods of navigation and diving. It is also the case of private and non- profit organizations that organize various activities explaining these old systems. These establishments can be visited during their open hours and can be contacted for documentation. In addition, historical diving websites have been created that provide a lot of photos and documents. To open the list, click the button below.
Maritime museums
3 - Addresses for those who want to start diving Commercial diving and ROV pilot training school addresses are provided in the “Training establishments & recruitment agencies” section in “Logistics”. However, it is not a bad idea for those who have never dived to start as sportive divers and contact organizations employing sportive divers for activities such as archeology to ensure they are comfortable and able to work in the water. Many commercial divers started their careers this way before becoming professionals. Commercial diving courses are expensive, so it is better to ensure you are fit for such a job before passing the threshold. Members of the Confederation Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques (CMAS) The “World Underwater Federation, also known as the “Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques (CMAS)”, is a non-commercial international diving federation that provides sport diving and other aquatic activities. It is recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in addition to being a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Founded in 1959 in Monaco, it includes over 120 federations offering reasonably priced courses. Divers Alert Network (DAN) Divers Alert Network (DAN) is a safety organization dedicated to supporting divers. It provides research and emergency medical services, educational programs, insurance, and various support services. It must be noted that the courses provided are of a high level. List of manufacturers of sports diving equipment. Although sport diving equipment is much simpler than the equipment used for commercial diving, the investment remains costly for less fortunate individuals. Therefore, investing in robust and performant systems that will last a long time and not break down during a dive is crucial. The index we provide lists the most well-known manufacturers.
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