One of the cornerstones of of the shipwreck research program at the National Museum of the Great Lakes is its training program run in conjunction with the Maritime Archaeology Survey Team. This training program has trained over 350 avocational archaeologists over the last 15 years. The training is over three days: April 25-26 and either May 16 or 17. You do not have to be a SCUBA diver to take the training.
There are two levels of training: Basic and Advanced.
Over the course of three days, our Basic Workshop will teach students the basics of surveying a shipwreck. We will cover:
Ship Terms, Laws and Ethics, Research, Survey Tools, and Trilateration (the technique we use to measure shipwrecks) as well as much more.
The Advanced class is for people who have already completed the Basic training and cannot be taken at the same time. The Advanced class will build upon what was learned in the Basic workshop and shape the students to begin to work, research, and study their own project.
The workshop is designed for divers and non-divers. The work is also appropriate for novice or new divers. The cost of the class is $175 and covers all materials needed, breakfast and lunch in April, as well as the dinner program April 25. Please note: this is a three day class – a full weekend in April with classroom and dry run practicals. Then one of two days in May (16 or 17) for in-water practice.
In conjunction with the training, MAST will host their annual meeting and dinner program. This is open to everyone. You can find more information about the dinner program here. For questions, please contact Carrie Sowden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Maumee Bay Lodge in Oregon, Ohio for this. The room rates for this group is $130. You can reserve a room for April 24 and 25 by calling (419) 836-1466 and mentioning you are with the Maritime Archaeological Survey Team.