1 - Underwater archeology
In the early times of diving, underwater archeology mostly consisted of returning
wrecked objects to the surface without any more investigations and sometimes
intending to sell them. Today, such operations are forbidden because wrecks in territorial
waters and the exclusive economic zone limits are considered properties of the coastal
state. As a result, underwater archeology is now practiced by relevant scientists
appointed by the country's government where the wreck has been found. However,
budgets provided to archeologists are often minimal, and it often happens that they
require the help of voluntary sportive divers.
The links below provide addresses of establishments organizing underwater archeology
courses and organizations involved in such diving activities.
- UNESCO list of courses in underwater archaeology
- Underwater archeology organizations
- China conservation center for underwater cultural heritage
- ICOMOS International Committee on the Underwater Cultural Heritage (ICUCH)
- UNESCO Convention on the protection of the underwater cultural heritage
Inspection and imaging systems used in the offshore industry have been adapted to
archeological missions. This has made accessible wreckages that were not previously
reachable and increased the capacities for detecting and investigating archeological
sites. The button below gives access to various reports from scientists who implement
2 - Maritime and diving history
Numerous national maritime museums have been created that exhibit diving equipment
from the early period of diving. It is also the case of private and non-profit organizations
that also organize various activities explaining these old systems. These establishments
can be visited during holidays and can be contacted for documentation.
In addition, historical diving websites have been created that provide a lot of photos and
Links to such organizations are provided below:
2/1 - List of maritime museums and historical diving websites
This page provides links to the following activities & services:
3 - Sport diving equipment providers
This point provides llinks to equipment manufacturers and suppliers.
3/1 - List of sport diving equipment manufacturers
4 - Technical and sport diving organizations
This point provides links to sport diving organizations.
- 4/1 - Members of the Confederation Mondiale des Activites Subaquatique (CMAS)
The World Underwater Federation, “Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques
(CMAS)” is a non-commercial diving federation that offers sport diving training and other
aquatic activities. It was founded in 1959 in Monaco, and it includes more than 120
federations, which can be contacted through this link below.
- 4/2 - Divers Alert Network (DAN)
Divers Alert Network (DAN) is a dive safety organisation dedicated to supporting divers. This
organization provides research & medical services, educational programs, insurance, and
various supporting services to divers.