Get involved in maritime archaeology

divers swimming at the back of a boat in the oceanHeritage Victoria has a long history of working with both students and volunteers on maritime archaeology projects.

Volunteer with us

The maritime program involves conducting site inspections and surveys of shipwrecks. To get involved with these diving projects, you will need:

  • An Australian recognised diving certification
  • A current recreational diving medical from a registered doctor
  • A completed Volunteer Diving declaration form
  • An AIMA/NAS Part 1 qualification is desirable

If you aren't a diver, we are always looking for volunteers to help us with desktop research projects. This type of research is just as important as the information gleaned from diving as the location of many wrecks is often hidden in the archives.

If you are interested, please email

AIMA/NAS Foreshore and Underwater Training Program

This internationally accredited course is licensed to the Australian Institute of Maritime Archaeology (AIMA) from the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) in the UK. The course is made up of four parts, which become more intensive as students progress through the program.

Heritage Victoria teaches the program in various locations around Melbourne and Regional Victoria.

Part 1 is a two-day (usually a weekend) course that equips participants with the basics of underwater archaeology. There is some theory on legislation, history of maritime archaeology and search and survey techniques. Students participate in a simulated underwater survey (on land) and draw up their results. After passing a short quiz, students will receive their internationally recognised certificate.

For more information regarding the AIMA/NAS course visit the AIMA training page.

For more information regarding up-coming courses, please contact Heritage Victoria or State Tutor Peter Harvey.

Do you want a career in Maritime Archaeology?

Flinders University in Adelaide offers world-recognised undergraduate and post-graduate courses in Maritime Archaeology, which you can study on-campus or by distance education.

Page last reviewed on 7 October 2014

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