Scientific Diver training in Finland

The scientific diver training programme has prepared scientists (including archaeology) to study underwater in a professional way since 1994. The learning goals exceed the minimum requirements for the Advanced European Scientific Diver (AESD) standard.

The training program includes:

Basic and advanced SCUBA techniques, showing the ability to do light underwater work down to 30 meters’ depth. (27 days)
  • underwater orientation and search methods
  • basic nitrox techniques
  • the use of tethered diving techniques, full-face mask and electronic communication devices
  • diving supervisorship and the tasks of an on-site dive master

Scientific research methods, part one, including: (10 days, biologists, limnologists etc. only)

  • small boat handling, seamanship and navigation including GPS
  • rope work and rigging associated with diving
  • use of air lifts
  • littoral and benthic sampling
  • transect line and uw documentation techniques
  • underwater research design and planning

Special scientific diving courses on littoral flora and zoobenthos (11 days, biologists, limnologists etc. only)

Diving in special conditions (28 days)

  • Ocean (Norway)
  • River
  • Normal ice conditions
  • Pack ice conditions
First aid (Finnish Red Cross level 2), including the use of an O2 treatment device (4 days)

Advanced diving physiology and working health (1 day)

Operating principles of a pressure chamber, practical course (1 day)

Dive rescue, advanced (1 day)

Safety training for emergencies at sea (1 day)

Work legislation and entrepreneurship

Scientific Diving methods II, including acoustic survey methods and self-oriented research exercise (10 days, biologists, limnologists etc. only)

Herbarium of algae, aquatic angiosperms and mosses (min. 80 species, biologists, limnologists etc. only)

Underwater photography and video (2 days)

Competence assessment for the Finnish Scientific Divers’ Professional examination (2 days)