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Archaeology & Conservation Group

Aquanauts for the Ocean              

Our conservation group has teamed up with Fathoms Free, an NGO based in Cornwall dedicated to the preservation and up keep of local dive sites,
as well as the Marine Science Society at Plymouth University for our first of many dive site and beach cleans at Plymouth Waterfront.

Why Plymouth Waterfront?

As our local diver training site we want to give our trainees the best and safest first glimpse of the amazing underwater world Plymouth Sound has to offer.
The area is a large tourist spot as well as being popular with local recreational fishermen and other water users. We want to clean up this environment
as part of our Aquanauts For The Ocean campaign.

How Can I Help?

As part of our monthly club shore dive, we are combining the events on August the 18th 2016 for an evening of dive site clean up and baseline assessment.
We will post the event on our Facebook Page, feel free to joing the event to find out more. We will also be sending out an email for the event or
you can email us info@aquanauts.co.uk to find out more and sign up for the event.

What Kit Will I need?

  • if you are participating as part of the dive team we ask that you a minimum of PADI Open Water or Equivalent with UK experience and have dived in the past 6 months.
  • You can rent kit from us or if you are a member it is free!
  • A dive slate is always helpful for noting particular bits of debris.
  • A mesh bag for collecting rubbish.
  • Gloves for protecting your hands from sharp implements

 

Projects:

We have teamed up with Promare to work on the Liberty 70 Project, a study of the US Liberty ship James Eagan Layne beached in Whitsand Bay in 1945. We plan to help document and record all aspects of this important shipwreck, see the project web site. We will first be completing a biological survey of the wreck followed by detailed survey and mapping allowing us to produce a 3D model using accurate marine archaeological methods.

Once the team members are trained and experienced in underwater survey and recording techniques we will move on to more difficult tasks. The team will also be working with shipwreck expert Peter Holt supporting the work of the SHIPS Project more information is also available on their Facebook page. Plymouth has a long maritime history stretching back to the time when people first arrived in the west of England. The remains of our history lie scattered on the seabed of Plymouth Sound and the rivers that surround it, so the aim of the SHIPS Project is to record, document and publish the remains of shipwrecks, aircraft, hulks, lost anchors and any other man-made objects on the seabed. Geophysical surveys in the area have identified hundreds of targets that need to be located, investigated and recorded by divers; there is a lot to do so we need your help.

The Aquanauts project team will also be working with the Stop Dumping In Whitsand Bay Group to help provide evidence of the widespread damage that the dumping of debris in Whitsand Bay is causing. We will be performing underwater surveys of the debris field, and show how items are being moved by the currents to the local reefs. We will perform biological surveys of the areas as well as record silt depths where appropriate and make visibility recordings. All of this will provide data to show the differences throughout the year when dumping is and is not occurring, and provide key information to help get the dumping ground relocated to a less sensitive area.

Notes and kit requirements for archaeology diving:

  • Price Of Dive: £15 
  • Divers must be qualified and competent to dive to 30m
  • NAS introduction qualification preferred
  • Competent in circular search
  • Must bring a dive/writing slate

If you are interested in helping or have a project that you would like the team to look at please email info@aquanauts.co.uk