Finnish Scientific Diving Academy

The Finnish Scientific Diving Academy (FSDA) is now being established 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. 

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.

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