LLC Structure

The course consists of three main sections. The first one relates to the knowledge development, the second one to the development of diving skills and the third one to the application of developed knowledge and skills at open water conditions.

Knowledge Development

The first section of the course includes the following modules:

  • Introduction to Scientific Diving;
  • Representations of Maritime Features;
  • Underwater Positioning and Surveying Methods;
  • Research Team Organization and Underwater Survey Design;
  • Dive Planning and Underwater Tasks;
  • Logbook and Fieldwork Report Writing.

By the end of the first section, follows an overall written assessment (examination).

Skills Development

In the second section of the course, participants are developing skills related to underwater surveying procedures. This is performed initially out of the water and sequentially in confined water (swimming pool like) conditions.. This section includes the following modules:

  • Chart and GPS Navigation;
  • Survey Area Defininition and Sketching;
  • Photographic and Video Documentation;
  • Use of Survey Grid and Reference Points;
  • Distance and Depth Measurements;
  • Photogrammetric Surveying.

The assessment of participants during this section is done in confined water (as a “minidive”), by adopting a scenario for an underwater survey and in order to evaluate their mastery in developed skills.

Open Water Application

At this section participants apply the knowledge and skills previously developed, in order to complete (in a series of dives) an underwater survey at open water conditions. This section includes the following modules:

  • Localization and Recognition of Survey Area;
  • Dive Planning and Survey Team-Equipment Preparation;
  • Survey Area Definition and Preparation;
  • Underwater Survey;
  • Survey Area Restoration;
  • Survey Data Processing;
  • Results Presentation.

The assessment of participants during this section is completed after the submission of a fieldwork report of the performed underwater survey and the review of a technical paper for the presentation of their results.

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