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Heritage Awareness Diving Seminars (HADS)

06/14/2018 - 06/16/2018
Key West, FL

Heritage Awareness Diving Seminars (HADS)

Two HADS workshops are planned for June 2018. The first will be in Key West in partnership with the Key West Art and Historical Society on June 14-16, and the second will be in Islamorada in partnership with the History of Diving Museum on June 18-20. HADS is intended to explain the advantages of conserving shipwrecks and other submerged cultural resources, not only to preserve information about the past, but also to preserve the vibrant ecosystems that grow around historic shipwrecks. HADS focuses on providing SCUBA dive leaders with a greater knowledge of how to proactively protect shipwrecks, artificial reefs, and other underwater cultural sites as part of the marine environment.

 Each HADS consists of two evenings of classroom instruction and one day of open water diving on two historic shipwrecks. Participants will receive the HADS workbook and a USB with all PowerPoint presentations to use in their own classes. Upon completion of HADS, participants can also submit paperwork to teach the Heritage Awareness Diving Specialty Course through SDI, PADI, or NAUI. HADS is taught by the Florida Public Archaeology Network (a program of the University of West Florida) in coordination with the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. For more information, those interested can contact Nicole Grinnan at ngrinnan@uwf.edu or visit FPAN.us/HADS.


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