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New England Quarry, a venue for MAST BAD training

Become a Basic Archaeological Diver!

MAST's Basic Archaeological Diver is a two day course, a no fuss introduction to the basics of archaeology underwater with simple recording techniques using little more than a camera and tape measures. The introduction to the basics will also include a lecture on the laws governing divers and underwater archaeology in the UK. Students will hear exciting talks from well known figures in the underwater archaeology world (please ask for details). The course is £245 and includes the course handbook and your PIC card.

The course is an approved PADI Distinctive Specialty and appropriate PADI certification and qualification cards are awarded on completion of the course. The course is also a Scuba Schools International (SSI) Specialty. SSI divers will now gain an SSI specialty certification and MAST instructors are qualified SSI and PADI instructors. And BSAC divers may receive a card that acknowledges your special interest training in Basic Archaeological Diving techniques. This is also available for people who have already done the course. Contact us if you would like one.

As Underwater Archaeology specialists you can become the eyes and ears of our underwater heritage.

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MAST is a partner of the Archaeology Training Forum

Contact Details

For details please contact us at The course costs £245 per person for the two days.

(A £45 deposit is required. Payment by BACS is preferred. Please ensure you email MAST to confirm that you have made your payment. If you prefer to send by cheque, please ensure you enclose a covering note with your name and contact details.)

This includes classroom tuition, student handbook, provision of underwater surveying tools for the duration of the course, three open water dives, PADI PIC registration and card and a reduced price voucher to dive the Coronation wreck, which will be valid from one year from the date of the course. It does not include dive equipment rental, air fills, transportation to and from dive site. All profits from the course are donated to MAST to contribute to projects aimed at understanding and conserving our British marine heritage.

If you are a PADI or SSI Instructor and you would like to teach the course, please contact us at either of the emails above.

*We offer a discount to members of the Armed Forces Community. Please speak to us for details.

Please also visit the webpage of the Coronation's wrecksite team at

Read some press cuttings:
Sports Diver article: Want to be a BAD diver?
Scubaverse article: An Introduction To The PADI Distinctive Specialty B.A.D.

What Participants Say

"This is a really fun course that hits a bull's-eye in providing an accessible introduction to archaeology underwater and the methods used to investigate our past." Giles R

"The course was fantastic. Ginge and Kev made the weekend really interesting and the course was really put together very well. It was beautiful above the water and exactly what you wanted for a training dive underwater. Interesting sites and slightly challenging with the silty bottom. Congratulations on a fantastic course." Simon F

"This course can only enhance people's underwater skills. Let's all get on and do it!" Jane Maddocks, BSAC Wrecks and Cultural Heritage Advisor

"I enjoyed the course and felt I can use what I learnt ongoing, the trainers are knowledgeable and engaging and very approachable. Well done on a course all of us enjoyed." Sam S

"Ginge had fantastic enthusiasm for the subject which made the world of difference. One of the best PADI courses I have been on and would thoroughly recommend it!" Pete W

"Everything was explained well and I felt safety was a priority at all times." Anne L

"All in all very good course, showed how easy it is to get involved with archaeology even at an amateur level and still have a huge impact on wrecks and overall archaeology. Brilliant!" Andrew K

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You can now do the MAST BAD course in three other locations around the country:

At Leicester with Aquatechnique Scuba School
Tel 07958 765 383

At Portsmouth with Triton Scuba
Tel 023 9283 8773 or 07887 748650

At Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear
Tel 07974 268771

Now an SSI Specialty!
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MAST is now able to offer a
card that acknowledges your special interest training in Basic Archaeological Diving techniques. This is also available for people who have already done the course. Please contact us if you would like one.