Available courses

QGIS in Maritime Archaeology

This online introductory course will provide an overview of features in QGIS – a freely available GIS software package commonly used by archaeologists. While the skills learned during this course are applicable to archaeology in general, there will be a focus on use of the programme for maritime archaeology.

Identifying Explosive and Environmental Hazards on Wrecks 2023

Learn how to safely dive on military wrecks and help to identify environmental and explosive hazards on wrecks. This course is a pre-requisite for NAS MOD diving projects. The next course is 7-9pm BST 5 and 8 June 2023. Book on our events page or contact nas@nauticalarchaeologysociety.org 


Cannon Research and Recording Course

£50 course fee, 5 credits for NAS members
Learn at your own pace about the history of cannon development and how to identify key features of cannon. Also, get tips from the professionals about how to record cannon above or below the water. While the course is online in delivery, you'll finish with practical skills in how to record cannon and use them to monitor and identify archaeological sites.

Course development has been supported by a grant from Historic England

Photography and Photogrammetry for Maritime Archaeology

£50 course fee, 5 credits for NAS members
This is a course for beginners on how to use the technique of photogrammetry to record artefacts, features and sites to create 3D models of them for use in maritime archaeology.
Anyone can complete this theory course, but to create the 3D models participants will require reasonably new computers with AMD or Nvidia graphics card. Note that MAC users will only be able to use one of the two recommended photogrammetry programmes in Module 6.

Course development has been supported by a grant from Historic England

Combined Discover Maritime and Underwater Archaeology

£85 course fee includes a year's NAS membership.

Complete this combined theory course and the practical Skills Days to achieve your NAS Foundation Qualification. This interactive theory course combines the Discover Maritime Archaeology and Discover Underwater Archaeology courses. No prior knowledge is required.

The combined course fee includes one year's NAS membership worth £28 for new members.

At the end of the course if you are enthusiastic to learn more, you should purchase a qualification logbook from the NAS website shop to keep track of all your learning.

Course development has been supported by a grant from Historic England

Combined Discover Maritime and Coastal Archaeology

£85 course fee includes a year's NAS membership.

Complete this combined theory course and the practical Skills Days to achieve your NAS Foundation Qualification. This interactive theory course combines the Discover Maritime Archaeology and our Discover Coastal and Foreshore Archaeology course. No prior knowledge is required.

The combined course fee includes one year's NAS membership worth £28 for new members.

At the end of the course if you are enthusiastic to learn more, you should purchase a qualification logbook from the NAS website shop to keep track of all your learning.

Course development has been supported by a grant from Historic England


Discover Maritime Archaeology

£50 course fee

Find out what maritime archaeology is all about in the interactive theory course. It is not just about shipwrecks, and it is certainly not all underwater! No prior knowledge required. 

Please note that the course fee does NOT include one year's NAS membership. Register for a combined course to receive one year's NAS membership for new members worth £28 and a £20 discount off your next NAS Education event. Registering on the combined course gives you a saving of up to £48.

This theory course and accompanying practical Recorder Skills Day is the first of the two components of the NAS Foundation qualification, which will allow you to participate in our fieldwork in the UK and overseas.

At the end of the course if you are enthusiastic to learn more, you should purchase a qualification logbook from the NAS website shop to keep track of all your learning.

Course development has been supported by a grant from Historic England

Discover Maritime Archaeology ScreenReader Version

£50 course fee

NEW SCREEN-READER ACCESSIBLE VERSION for the visually impaired - Find out what maritime archaeology is all about in the interactive theory course. It is not just about shipwrecks, and it is certainly not all underwater! No prior knowledge required. 

Please note the course fee does NOT include one year's NAS membership. Register for a combined course to receive one year's NAS membership for new members worth £28 and a £20 discount off your next NAS Education event. Registering on the combined course gives you a saving of up to £48.

This theory course and accompanying practical Recorder Skills Day is the first of the two components of the NAS Foundation qualification, which will allow you to participate in our fieldwork in the UK and overseas.

At the end of the course if you are enthusiastic to learn more, you should purchase a qualification logbook from the NAS website shop to keep track of all your learning.

Course development has been supported by a grant from Historic England


Discover Underwater Archaeology

£50 course fee

This course, Discover Underwater Archaeology, MUST ONLY BE COMPLETED AFTER THE Discover Maritime Archaeology course. It will take you through the steps of completing an underwater archaeology project from documentary research and planning, through fieldwork and conservation to publication and archiving.

This theory course and accompanying practical Surveyor Skills Days is the second of the two components of the NAS Foundation qualification, which will allow you to participate in our fieldwork in the UK and overseas.

Please note the course fee does NOT include one year's NAS membership. Register for a Combined course to receive one year's NAS membership for new members worth £28 and a £20 discount off your next NAS Education event. Registering on the combined course gives you a saving of up to £48.

At the end of the course if you have not done so already, you should purchase a qualification logbook from the NAS website shop to keep track of all your learning.

Course development has been supported by a grant from Historic England


Discover Underwater Archaeology ScreenReader Version

£50 course fee

NEW SCREEN-READER ACCESSIBLE VERSION - for the visually impaired. This course, which follows on from the Discover Maritime Archaeology course, will take you through the steps of completing an underwater archaeology project from documentary research and planning, through fieldwork and conservation to publication and archiving.

This theory course and accompanying practical Surveyor Skills Days is the second of the two components of the NAS Foundation qualification, which will allow you to participate in our fieldwork in the UK and overseas.

The course fee does NOT include one year's NAS membership. Register for a combined course to receive one year's NAS membership for new members worth £28 and a £20 discount off your next NAS Education event. Registering on the combined course gives you a saving of up to £48.

At the end of the course if you have not done so already, you should purchase a qualification logbook from the NAS website shop to keep track of all your learning.

Course development has been supported by a grant from Historic England


Discover Coastal and Foreshore Archaeology

£50 course fee

This course, Discover Coastal and Foreshore Archaeology MUST ONLY BE COMPLETED AFTER THE Discover Maritime Archaeology course. It will take you through the steps of completing a coastal and foreshore archaeology project from documentary research and planning, through field-work and conservation to publication and archiving.

This theory course and accompanying practical Surveyor Skills Days is the second of the two components of the NAS Foundation qualification, which will allow you to participate in project activities in the UK and overseas.

The course fee does NOT include one year's NAS membership. Register for a combined course to receive one year's NAS membership for new members worth £28 and a £20 discount off your next NAS Education event. Registering on the combined course gives you a saving of £48.

At the end of the course if you have not done so already, you should purchase a qualification logbook from the NAS website shop to keep track of all your learning.

Course development has been supported by a grant from Historic England


Discover Coastal and Foreshore Archaeology ScreenReader Version

£50 course fee

NEW SCREEN-READER ACCESSIBLE VERSION - for the visually impaired. This course, which follows on from the Discover Maritime Archaeology course, will take you through the steps of completing a coastal or foreshore archaeology project from documentary research and planning, through fieldwork and conservation to publication and archiving.

This theory course and accompanying practical Surveyor Skills Days is the second of the two components of the NAS Foundation qualification, which will allow you to participate in our fieldwork in the UK and overseas.

The course fee does NOT include one year's NAS membership. Register for a combined course to receive one year's NAS membership for new members worth £28 and a £20 discount off your next NAS Education event. Registering on the combined course gives you a saving of up to £48.

At the end of the course if you have not done so already, you should purchase a qualification logbook from the NAS website shop to keep track of all your learning.

Course development has been supported by a grant from Historic England



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New feature - calendar of events

by NAS Admin -

Hi eLearners,

We've just enabled a new feature which is the calendar of events that appears on your dashboard. These events are the practical courses to go with your online learning for those that are in the UK or can get to the UK. 

See if there's a course you'd like to book on today!

The NAS Team :)

Major upgrade!

by NAS Admin -

Hello eLearners,

Our site will be down for maintenance from 9:30am GMT Tuesday 10th January for a few hours.

We will announce when it is available for you to keep going with your learning experience.

Thanks for your understanding.

The NAS team

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