Finnish Scientific Diving Academy

The Finnish Scientific Diving Academy (FSDA) was established in autumn 2021 to revitalise the training of scientific divers in Finland. The goal is to create a leading first-class facility in cold water based scientific diving at Tvärminne zoological station (University of Helsinki) in Hanko.

The Finnish Scientific Diving Academy will offer education for professional scientists looking for specialist or more advanced training, student level courses to encourage the next generation of marine scientists as well as citizen scientists interested in developing their dive training in that area. 

As the academy grows, more specialist courses including polar research diving, underwater propulsion vehicles and other advanced technologies will be offered. 

Registration for the first scientific diving (occupational level) course at Tvärminne Zoological Station is now open. Please see the links below for more information and the registration form via HY+ (University of Helsinki Centre for Continuing Education HY+).

The course will start in August 2022:

https://hyplus.helsinki.fi/koulutus/scientific-diving-autumn-2022/

Registration for the first scientific diving (occupational level) 6-week courses is now open. The courses are led by Edd Stockdale at Tvärminne Zoological Station.

The Onni Talas Foundation is now generously offering personal grants of 5000 euro to cover the course fee (3500 euro + 24% VAT = 4340 euro) and some of the accommodation costs at TZS.

These grants are open to students at Finnish universities at BSc/ BA, MSc/ MA or PhD level in relevant fields (e.g. marine sciences, maritime archaeology). Bachelor students need to be close to finishing their degree at the time of the course, since an academic degree is a prerequisite for getting the Occupational Scientific Diver certification.

The recipients of the grants will be chosen based on a free-form application, including:

•          a motivational letter

•          academic CV

•          diving qualifications

•          number of logged dives and

•          number of cold water dives (<10C) or dry suit dives.

•          State also which course you would want to register for (starting in April or in August).

Please send your application in English as a single pdf-file to Edd Stockdale (edward.stockdale@helsinki.fi).

The deadline for applying for grants for the August course is 22.6.2022.

Please see the links below for more information about the courses and the registration form via HY+ (University of Helsinki Centre for Continuing Education HY+).

The 6-week course will start in August 2022:

https://hyplus.helsinki.fi/koulutus/scientific-diving-autumn-2022/

Scientific diving is the occupational form of diving to carry out research and data recording underwater by trained teams, sitting separate to both sport and commercial/ construction diving. As an occupation it is generally carried out by scientists trained as divers but can included diving specialists with a scientific background.

Finland has historically always had a strong core of scientific diving research and technique development, both in marine biology and maritime archeology fields. Sadly in the last 15 year this has dropped off with the reduction funding for marine research and option for training being more limited. To overcome this a new project was established to revitalise the training of scientific divers in Finland and create a new base for this. This was realised by the Finnish Scientific Diving Academy (FSDA) , based at the University of Helsinki Tvärminne Zoological Station. 

The initial goal of the FSDA is to train European recognised scientific divers generating a new generation of marine scientists with long-term plans to establish as a leading cold water based scientific diving trainings facility.

FSDA presentation at World Congress of Marine Stations

Video presentation about the Finnish Scientific Diving Academy given by Edd Stockdale at the online World Congress of Marine Stations (November 2021)

While one of the major courses being offered is the Advanced European Scientific Diver program it is not the only one. The FSDA offers education for both professional scientists looking for specialist or more advanced training, student level courses and citizen scientists interested in developing their dive training in that area. 

Training can be obtained by both Finnish and overseas individuals or groups with collaborative connections for European levels of certification.

More specialist courses in polar research diving, underwater propulsion vehicles and other advanced technologies can be offered by arrangement with the Academy.

Customised training programs can be established on request with the Coordinator for specific research projects in addition to consultancy services in expedition logistics, field work and equipment design.

For more info, please contact the coordinator for the Finnish Scientific Diving Academy Edd Stockdale