This page highlights some heritage conservation and wreck diving issues and useful links for divers.
Wreck sites and heritage protection
The British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC), as the Governing Body for underwater activities in the UK, provides up-to-date advice on the website at www.bsac.org. Some relevant links are highlighted below.
Protection of military remains - Updated legislation came into force November 2006.
Wreck divers code of conduct is contained within the Divers code.
Information and report forms are available from the MCA website on receiver of wreck - No matter how small or seemingly insignificant, all wreck material raised from
the seabed must be reported to the Receiver of Wreck (under s. 236 of the
Merchant Shipping Act 1995). Reporting finds to the Receiver of Wreck ensures the rights of the finder and owner are upheld.
Dive with a purpose.
The Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) encourages divers to get involved with recording information about our wreck heritage, as often little is known about the location and current condition of wrecks, and many are breaking up already. Once they have collapsed, it is very difficult to build up a picture of what the vessel was originally like. Recreational divers can contribute a huge amount of information just by going diving and recording what they see on a slate. It can also be fun to get your club involved in a project for a weekend, or even throughout the year to record how the different seasons affect the wreck. For more information visit Dive with a purpose and also WreckMap Britain to download recording forms.
Those groups, clubs or individuals who regularly dive a site, have developed more than a passing interest in it, and are keen to get involved in research or site survey can adopt a wreck - click here to see a map and list of the wrecks already adopted.
Underwater archaeology training for recreational divers.
The Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) also offers training for recreational divers in underwater archaeology, starting at the most basic level to introduce the subject to people who've never done anything like this before, up to diploma level. See the NAS training pages for more information.